Archive for January 18th, 2014

Another pound lost, and I didn’t deserve it!

I got on the scale Wednesday with some trepidation.  I had been out of town AGAIN, and on top of that, was visiting my friend Rose, who is arguably one of the best cooks I know.  AND we went out to lunch.  Even with all that, I was pretty “good.”  At the restaurant for lunch, I ordered the spinach salad and the Mexican chicken and rice soup (not the seafood bisque, which actually looked better but was laden with butter.)  And we asked for no bread.  Good move!  At Rose’s house, I ate whatever I wanted, but in small portions.  I was feeling great about myself!

On the ride home, which takes all day, I turned the car off at an exit where I know there is both a Starbucks and a Trader Joe’s.  I love Trader Joe’s, and miss it since moving years ago and not having one close.  I stepped in to walk around and get a change of scenery and purchase some groceries.  Did you know Trader Joe’s has pistachio toffee AND hazelnut sandwich cookies?!  I purchased both as a treat for my family for when I got home.  I had a little sampling of each, which still would have been fine, but then I made the mistake of putting them near me in the car, instead of in the back.  And not stopping for dinner.  Needless to say, too many of each were eaten, just a little at a time.  I wasn’t even full.

Then next morning was my weigh-in day, and to my surprise, I had lost another pound.  Maybe because of all the other days  I stayed true to my plan.  Maybe I’ll see the gain next week.  In any case, I was thankful and vowed to make great choices this week.  Sometimes I do, and sometimes I eat just a little past where I should.  I know what I should do, it just takes constant attention and one good decision after another.

Here are two great substitutions I’ve found, for we all know that when you take something away, if you don’t replace it with something, you’ll eventually go back to it.  (Unless you are stoic, which I’m not… I like to enjoy life!)  First, I was craving chips, which is not normal for me, but nevertheless, my girls had some potato chips on the counter and I wanted some!  I actually had a few, then opened the cupboard and grabbed my sunflower seeds.  Not only do they give the same salty, fatty satisfaction as chips, they have good, healthy fats in them, and it’s not likely you will eat too many sunflower seeds.  The other is a cup of tea between dinner and bedtime.  I add a little raw honey (another healthy option, as long as it is moderate).  I love what the Bible says about honey:  “Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.” (Proverbs 25:16)  The mild sweetness makes my tummy happy.  Tea soothes and warms.  It helps me sleep (decaf or herbal teas are best) and helps me to slow down and relax anytime.  I think I’ll go make a cup now.

Oh, and my new washing machine came!  Hoping it lasts as long as its predecessor, may it rest in peace.

Posted on January 18th, 2014 by DaisyMuse  |  No Comments »