A concrete and non-negotiable plan

First of all, I enjoyed a cheat day on Saturday

Some people call it a cheat day, I call it a Fuck-it day; and pardon my French but the F-it day wasn’t an earth shattering sugar intake fest, but I had ice cream! Other than that, the rest of the day was not a complete bust but the ice cream had at lest 14-grams of sugar and my 1-scoop of Ice Cream overflowed from the scoop…a little bit! On the up side, I added wholesome chopped almonds.

You see, I broke ALL the rules yesterday.

  • Don’t let yourself get hungry
  • Don’t shop while hungry

I was out of oatmeal so I did without breakfast. I thought about eating and even though I was hungry I was so restricted by this sugar thing that I chose to not eat anything — right then. I went about my business and worked in the yard quite a bit — so nice and warm! I’d come back inside to get something and I couldn’t make any decisions so I moved on about my business. And finally, by 4:30 when I couldn’t stand it anymore I started craving appetizers and wine — neither of which were in the house — I went to the store!! (and I came home with Ice Cream)! Noting that I really only like wine with appetizers. I like it when I go out to dinner but there is something about a few bites of something and a few sips of wine; really, just a few sips and bite that conquers everything. That’s really all I need in food and drink.

Experiment completed

experiment-2I wanted to know, and now I know that keeping sugar at bay is a good thing. My mother confirmed it, my side view in the mirror proved it and the scale tried to confirm it with a final (average) loss last week of 2.25-lbs lost! You know though, that is a fragile diet and in the grand scheme of things/life — that’s not how I want to lose my weight or live. But again, I tried it, it worked 1/10th of the promise of 11-lbs loss and yeah, understanding sugar is a good lesson.

smoothie-3As usual, I’ll continue to log my food and always and while keeping mindful about sugar, I’ll bet that my sugar intake will come in around 22-grams or less per day just by eating right. I’m not a fan of fruit but I do drink it in smoothies. Mentioning smoothies, the blueberry+spinach+protein powder is my go-to breakfast when working and my go-to breakfast when working out in the mornings. That smoothie alone is 15-grams.

More important is going to be my workouts

Knowing what to eat is one thing and yes, it’s about 80% of the battle. Still, the healthy food won’t completely wish away the other issues so I have set a concrete and no exceptions workout plan. I have zero work commitments next week (ah, the sweet life of a contract worker).


In closing, dinner this evening was a great success. I’m a little tired already (9:44) and will leave the dishes for tomorrow. AND at some point in the middle of dinner my mind drifted off about missing the morning Bodypump class. Thankfully I was also reminded that Monday’s first Bodypump class is at 10:30. Thank goodness for miracles.

On Monday — it all begins! All of it!

Fitness and good eating must start as soon as tomorrow

And tomorrow is today

As I laid in bed (in a cold room) and couldn’t get up out of bed (didn’t want to) I pondered (again) how my day would pan out. Plans vs. reality are two separate entities. The good news is that I didn’t think about waiting another day to start my food and fitness plan, but in healthier frame of mind, I pondered: do I want to have my oatmeal first, or the blueberry and spinach smoothie first? That is; which will be for breakfast.

qI finally got out of bed and turned on the heat. My thermostat has a mind of its own so setting it to do something at certain time is, moments wasted in a life time — I just doesn’t work, period. I decided to have the oatmeal first (a warm food) and will have the smoothie in a couple of hours. My choice of oatmeal is the easiest, and the best choice for me is Quaker Instant / Weight Control / Maple. Instant oatmeal isn’t the healthiest thing in the world but I digress for the extra fiber; 6g (essential in a WW plan and essential, anyway), 7g protein and the expected 3g of fat. Thems good numbers!

If I had my absolute favorite choice of instant oatmeal it would be the precooked frozen steel-cut packages from Costco. The draw back on those; expensive as hell and I only like the Maple ones. The (I think) $10.+ box of steel-cut oatmeal’ contain 6-maple and 6-blueberry. I was shocked I didn’t like the blueberry and shocked that I was IN LOVE with the maple. If all of those in the box were Maple;; SOLD! But menh… the Quaker it is, and that’s that. (too much said already about oatmeal and one of my lighter resolutions is to be less verbose!)

Thus far I have described my morning and logged my first meal (4-points breakfast) in a long while on WeightWatchers’. Has anyone tried the ActiveLink? The hardest part in WW is tracking  because (probably until now) people who are doing WeightWatchers’ and are VERY active can’t find the correct activity, duration of activity and intensity to log activity appropriately; at least I can’t but I’m over exceedingly literal and OCD in those areas — So I felt that if the Activity Link is exclusively WeightWatchers’ then it should workout very well as a tool.

The Gym Visit

There wasn’t one. Whatzzzamatteawithme? Actually, I decided to get my ass up early in the morning and hit it then. Because I’m segueing back into the stream of things I’m going to start off with the BodyPump class. I hope to do 30-minutes of cardio before, or 15-minutes before the class and 15- 30-minutes of cardio after the class; all depending on how much cardio I do before the class. The goal is a total of 40-minutes of cardio, no matter how it is distributed.

[now…written the next day; which is today…]

I’m hopeless. I didn’t get to the gym yesterday — although I was extraordinarily productive around the house – which, in the fitness world count for very little. The next gym goal was set for the 8:30 Bodypump class and the exception to that commitment would be ‘if I woke up in time’. I did not wake up in time.

Food yesterday: Also hopeless. I started out very well but dinner was sugar. All I have to say about this is that the left over apple pie was NOT good and the Hagen-daz Five was so creamy and sweet it seemed overpowering. So it hit me — remember how horrible you feel right now; and people, it was not a pleasant feeling. I was bloated, has sugar after taste in my mouth, I had guilt and anger. I had nothing but pure hatred for myself! WHY was I doing this to myself? It would be one thing if the pie had been very delicious and satisfying. No part of that crap was satisfying.

So I’ll say to myself again and again in the future: Do you really want to feel so badly and as angry and emotional as you did when you ate that crap? Answer: No, never.

On the lighter side, there is a lot of guilt and embarrassment over 5-lbs. It’s not like I gained it all back; not even close but it makes me happy to know that this bothers me — a lot. Does that make sense?