“Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels”
“Dear Stomach. You’re Bored. Not Hungry. So Shut Up”
“Junk food you’ve craved for an hour, or the body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision”
“30% gym, 70% diet. Ab’s are made in the kitchen not the gym.”
Yep, I’ve heard a lot of motivational diet quotes. While I do like to read them, they never seem to stick around in my brain. As soon as I see something sweet, I totally forget the quote and how much sense it made when I read it. I tend to inhale the snack before I even have time to think about it and talk myself out of it. While I feel pretty good about my exercise routine, I could definitely use some improvements on my diet. Before I get to my plan, let me share the rest of the week with you.
Monday was Gabby’s 10th birthday. We decided to take the girls out to dinner to celebrate and so yoga was not an option tonight. We ate at Outback – YUM! Lots of calories consumed and no workout. Sounds like a good birthday to me 😉
I didn’t get my run in early today. Sam is on travel and I did not want to run by myself in the dark this morning due to safety reasons. Okay, let’s be honest. While I was a wee bit worried about safety, the main reason I didn’t run early was because I despise getting up early! The things I do for my running partner 😉 Honestly, I am always happy that I did it after an early morning run so I really can’t complain too much. Anyway, I decided to wait and run in the evening on Tuesday while Gabby was at swim practice. Steven decided to go with me as well. We don’t run together a whole lot. I love him dearly, but we are just not compatible runners. I always feel like I am slowing him down. Plus, he likes to listen to aggressive motivational speeches when he runs. Sometimes he will shout them out at me while we are running and its just too intense for me. I feel like it sucks up some of my energy. It really works for him though and I imagine a lot of other people would also love it. Tonight, his foot/heel was hurting him pretty badly so we were able to keep a good pace together. I have been doing my speed intervals on Tuesday but decided not to today. The sidewalks on Great Mills Road aren’t the best so its hard enough just to concentrate on not tripping. I may try intervals on Thursday instead. We ran 4.5 miles together at a pretty steady and fast (for me) pace. I was very happy with our run and would like to run with him again soon!
Tonight, I went to my usual Body Pump class. Great instructor & great class. I almost talked myself out of going since my partner in crime isn’t home. I’m glad I didn’t. It just goes to show how motivating it can be to have a good workout buddy!
Back to the diet. I have gained anywhere between 3-6 pounds (depending on the day) since vacation. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound like much. But on a 5’2″ frame its more than what some of you are thinking. I’m not really that upset about gaining a few pounds, but I am upset that I have such a predictable pattern and yet I still can’t seem to stop it from happening. Each winter, I weigh 10-15 pounds heavier than I do in the summer. I want to stop that. I want to address it now before 6 pounds turns into 15 or more. So, I am going to start writing down what I eat and counting calories again. That usually seems to work best for me. I wont restrict any particular food altogether, but I will *try* to make sure most of my calories come from healthy foods. I am usually pretty good about eating healthy breakfast and lunches. I struggle with finding a nutritional dinner that my whole family enjoys. I also tend to snack a lot after dinner. And the weekends are usually where I really lose control. So those will be the 3 main areas I will work on improving. Here goes nothing.
QOTD: Do you have a particular meal plan that works best for you?