I totally gave into PMS Temptation this weekend! I had that bagel I've been wanting, even though I didn't lose the 5 lbs. that I said I had to before I allowed myself "said bagel" (instead I'm up 4 lbs...blarg!) Yet being a woman and knowing it's the week into my cycle (ETA Thursday) I realize, thanks to help from my "sane" fellow bloggers / friends, that I am indeed retaining water. I'm sooo bloated too...I'm in the "beached whale" frame of mind right now, but what's a girl to do, but to wait it out and let it pass. I also had fried chicken & french fries twice, & 2 chocolate milk shakes this weekend...um...can someone say overboard? The good thing is that I didn't ingest more than those in calories, because of lack of time or interest to eat beyond that. It took me 4 hours on Friday night to even eat the chicken fingers with french fries...and I split it with my friend Kristin, so it wasn't as bad as I'm making it out to be, even though it's still fried and pretty bad in itself...Oh but the chocolate milkshakes were all me and soooo worth it...mmm. I can happily say I'm satiated for the next few weeks, or maybe until next month when PMS hits again...we'll see. I decided that a few unauthorized meals weren't going to kill me, but infact may be just exactly what I needed to get my weight to go the other way down the scale. Since the healthy eating and the working-out stopped showing results, I decided to shock my system by changing it up a bit and then shocking it again by going back to the healthy eating. Hopefully it will kick-start my body back into burn & weight loss mode. The other good thing that came out of eating like crap this weekend was the reminder of how crappy I feel when I eat that way...yep: Crap in Crap out...
Today's plan is to eat lean, work-out (twice if time allows), drink my water (much needed especially this time of the month), take my vitamins (my immune system is definitely feeling under) and stay focused and positive! I can totally do this and I still have 6 weeks to really finish The Memorial Day Challenge strong.
I also looked over my past logs and found places that I could lean up even more...like eating more egg whites instead of whole eggs, or going for turkey burger patties instead of beef. Granted that my diet does allow whole eggs and lean beef, but my caloric intake is probably higher than it should be according to the formula. I should only be taking in around 1431 calories a day in order to lose weight, even with my working-out...so when eating 5-6 meals a day, you have to be really careful with the amount of calories in each meal...and I think the slight alterations to what I'm consuming will help. I've already had 500 calories today in my first 2 meals, so I can have a good 900 more calories...that could be a little or a lot depending on what choices I make...and veggies are not only delicious, but generally low in calories. So I'm thinking perhaps a roasted chicken breast and some yummy broccoli for dinner, 15 raw almonds for a mid-day snack (high in fat, but it's good fat and only 104 calories) and a nice 0% Greek yogurt for my after dinner snack around 7ish. That should keep me well fed and well within my caloric goal for the day.
Ok, so I've got a plan and now its time to execute it...Let's get to work!