Sweat it Out:
Elliptical 60 Minutes
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I love Pinterest! It is no secret that the struggling part of my weight loss journey is diet. FItness is in the bag and I could improve on it immensely if I could just get my food intake under control.
Yesterday I had some noteworthy food and a few non-scale victories, if that is what you want to call them.
I do all of my grocery shopping for the week on Monday. In the recent past I have gotten into a NASTY habit of rewarding myself (for going to the grocery store?) with a candy of my choice. Ok, you got me. A KING SIZE candy bar of my choice, which I scarf down in the car. Ya, that puppy doesn’t even make it home before it is in my stomach. I kept rationalizing that if it was only once a week it was no big deal. But then there are the times that I have to run to the store because we are out of diapers, or some other small thing, and those delicious candy bar’s are staring you in the face at the check out counter where they have been strategically placed.
I actually haven’t “rewarded” myself with a candy bar for a few weeks, but it’s probably because I have been “rewarding” myself with all kinds of foods for the last 3 weeks for something or another.
I went to the store at 2:00 just after Hanna’s nap and I could tell on my way down there that the carrots, hummus, pineapple chobani, and apple that I had for lunch were not going to hold through the entire shopping trip.
I started getting a hankering. For something sweet. The thought would not leave my mind.
“No, Carrie. You have done so good today and if you are hungry it only means that you body needs something, and that something is NOT a candy bar. It will only leave you feeling sick and guilty”
I love when I can have an inner monologue with myself, and it helps even more if I can actually say it out loud so I can hear it (yes, I talk to myself. I am SO NOT crazy. Try it when you have a moment of weakness, it helps).
After talking to myself down about 5 aisles (remember that I have a small child with me so everyone thinks I’m talking to her), I had an idea. Protein bar. Duh! Why have I never thought about this before? They sell them individually and at this point in the day I had only taken in less than 1000 calories, burned 700 calories at the gym, and I could totally afford a delicious protein bar. The only problem is that I wanted a bar that had a LOT of protein in it so it would tide me over until dinner at 5:00. A Luna or Larabar just wasn’t going to cut it. I needed some calories people!
After staring at the protein bars for what seemed like forever I decided on this beauty:
Chocolate Peanut Butter= Pure Heaven. It totally did the trick for curbing my sweet tooth and had a whopping 30 GRAMS of PROTEIN. It was a weight lifting day yesterday and so I was trying to pack a protein punch. It had 280 calories (that’s actually way more than I would normally eat with a bar, but at this point I was using it as a meal replacement) and 7 grams of fat. Not bad at all.
Fabulous discovery #2:
I FINALLY made this amazing recipe:
Go try this recipe, now. It was fast and EASY, and even the hub’s was into it. I still have a little of the sauce in my fridge and I am saving it like its liquid gold.
Fabulous discovery #3
I’m trying to incorporate more salads into my diet and have decided that I am going to be eating them for lunch, but since I don’t want to run to the store several times a week I discovered a great way to store your lettuce so it lasts longer:
This is 3 bags of lettuce stored in glass mason jars. I had heard previously that if you store lettuce in glass it will stay good longer, but I never even thought (until pinterest of course) that you could store them in jars! What a great idea! I’m trying it out this week to see if my lettuce will stay good all the way until my next grocery day.
Now I just need to make sure that the salad stays different and interesting.
What are your favorite salad toppings? Favorite dressing?
Protein Bars: love or hate?
Are you like me and feel like you have to reward yourself for doing everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping?