well. i'm two weeks in and six pounds down for the a little too fluffy challenge. this week was HARD. i ate a giant sugar cookie while strolling through target. and also jellybeans last night. two things i would normally not really want to eat. but when a girl is desperate and starving, a girl is desperate and starving… know what i'm saying? i also put a cream puff in my mouth and then took it out. i was pretty proud of myself. so there's that for you. in my weak moments i feel like i've already screwed this day up so i might as well make it a really good screw up. but, today is a new day, my friends! i'm in it to win it this week. ask me again if i really mean that on wednesday.
on thursday i literally was brainstorming of reasons i could email all the ladies and say continue on, my friends. i am off to the olive garden, have fun with this shiz. here's text messages to prove it.
in all seriousness... my faith plays a huge role in this little journey. what am i looking to satisfy me? am i turning to Christ in moments of stress or turning to baked goods? am i eating to fill some sort of need that only He can fill? am i doubting that i can't do it? don't know that with Him anything is possible? it's a daily, hourly, thing even. i can't think too far into the future or i lose it.
since i am such a health guru (what?) i'll tell you some of what i have been doing. without further ado, i give you…
WATER. lots and lots of water. always big ol' glasses full before you eat your meal, so that you start off feeling somewhat full. full of water. it sounds like nonsense but it really does help. i also drink NOTHING but water. you know i am not going to wasting precious calories on a beverage, right? i don't drink coffee or alcohol normally so it's not a hard one for me. i really like the flavored sparkling waters that are zero calories, zero sugar. any grocery store or target has them.
i am all about eating real food and making it myself. i am not into diety gimmick foods that taste strange and involve using the microwave twenty-seven times a day. that being said, i have found a couple frozen kashi meals that i like and want to keep on hand incase, in a dangerous moment, i am starving and need to eat something right that very second, while my family devours pizza and wings. so, instead of crying and stuffing my face with cheesy doughy goodness, i can have a 270 calorie meal that is quite tasty in three quick minutes. do i sound like an infomercial? kashi, do you want to pay me? again, i have just bought three or four of these a week to have for emergency situations. and when i say emergency, i mean EMERGENCY.
fruits and veggies are our friends. these have been my primary food groups these past two weeks. i feel like they can meet many of my food craving desires in a healthy way. tart: grapefruit. need something filling: avocado or banana. sweet: honey crisp apple. crunchy: little, cold, red grapes. just plain delicious: roasted butternut squash. you get the point.
zero calorie evoo spray! best thing ever. instead of putting butter or oil in the pan when cooking anything, i use this. again, not wasting calories and those bad boys add up quick. i think it's actually 9 calories per a one second spray… or something like that. i also use this spray instead of drizzling evoo over my veggies when i roast them. genius, i know.
stop eating after dinner. for me, that means i am done eating come 6ish. this is hard. but i feel like it makes me a legit dieter or something. just go with it.
give yourself grace… and a cookie once in a while. if we can't have a treat once in a while we might melt away like the wicked witch of the west. so don't go crazy with this thing.
tomorrow i'll give you two of my favorite recipes, since i'm a food blogger.