Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More of Me to Love!


This week has been bad, ya'll.  After my last muffin top post, I got on the scale just to see how much I had progressed.  The week before, I had done really well.  Not perfect, but really well.  My clothes even seemed to fit better, and my "muffin top" seemed to bulge out a little less.  When I got on the scale, I was UP 8 pounds from the time before.  Granted, some of that was probably water weight, but still...8 pounds is a LOT!!!  I had already been kind of on a downward spiral into a "funk" as I like to call it, so this did not help matters any.  As a result, Roon and I threw caution to the wind, and didn't worry much this week about our "diet".  To my surprise, I got on the scale this morning, and I had lost 3 pounds.  Go figure...

I'm back in the saddle now, and the topic of discussion is snacking. 

I'm not a big snacker.  I mean, I have a hard time snacking during the day.  Usually, if I feel hungry, I ignore it because I'm too lazy to go find myself something, especially if it is during quiet time.  Mainly, I think I don't snack because I feel guilty eating during times when my kids are awake, unless I also get them a snack.  I don't want to get them used to snacking all day long, so I just don't do it.  Otherwise I would be a "closet snacker" where my kids find me hidden in the pantry with Cheeto crumbs on my face, and an Oreo grin.  Oh, I just had a flashback to "Midnight Madness"!  Do you remember that movie? 
Moving on...
When I get my kids a snack, I tend to not like any of the options I usually give them, so I end up not having a snack at all. 

Once the kids are in bed...I graze.  Roon and I will pop some popcorn, pull out some left over candy, and that's usually the time we will indulge on a delightfully large caffeinated beverage.  DEFINITELY not a good idea. I tell myself it's my "unwinding time", and that I earned it, when in reality, I have just undone all my healthy efforts throughout the day. 
I have made an effort to do better, by buying some Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches for when I need something sweet, and some Quaker mini rice cakes for when I need something with a crunch. 
I wish I could say that I'm cutting out my soda, but I still can't do it.  Nor can I switch to diet.  I know they say that "Diet Dr. Pepper tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper"...but it just isn't so!  I have cut WAY back in the amount of soda I drink, so I'd call it progress. 

I like fresh fruit, and usually have that on hand, but it's never "prepared", so it's always so much work to put in just to have a snack.  I think my game plan this next week is going to be to prepare my fruits (strawberries, canteloupe, pineapple, etc.) so that it is a quick snack to grab.  Maybe if I snack on healthy stuff during the day, my grazing at night will be less likely or severe.  Or, I will reach for the fruit as opposed to a less healthy option when I need something. 

If you haven't joined in yet, DO IT NOW!!!  It's a great support system.  I know that I can use all the help and advice I can get. 


Steph said...

I've got some of the Skinny Cow sandwiches too. I think they are good. Lucky for me, I'm not really much of a snack eater.

Stopped by from Short Mamas.

Mamarazzi said...

i am all about the late night snacking. and you are right, it is super easy to undo all the good choices from earlier in the day. when i was diagnosed diabetic type 2 i stopped ALL carbs after 7pm. which was so hard to do, i love me some late night popcorn and icecream. i did that for 4 months and then started allowing myself either popcorn OR icecream but not both and only a small serving. i try and get my big carbs in before 4pm.

shortmama said...

I absolutely know what you mean about the fruit not being prepared. I am bad about that too. In fact I had to throw a pineapple away last week because I had been too lazy to cut it up and it went bad. I do that sometimes with veggies too, buy them and then too lazy to cut them up and end up throwing them away.

Anonymous said...

I too am guilty of letting good stuff go bad.

Yum those skinny cow sandwiches never go bad.

I am definitely having popcorn tonight.

Jenny said...

I feel guilty too eating when my child isn't.

I can't drink diet either and I actually learned in a clinical nutrition class in college that diet drinks slow your metabolism since you body does not know what to do with the fake sweetner.. so that kind of defeats the purpose of drinking them.

MiMi said...

Yep, I'm more likely to open a package of cookies than prepare a pineapple. Gah.
That's why apples and bananas are easy for me.
The thing with apples is that I would prefer them cut up and stuff, but I'm learning to eat em the way they are so I don't have to prepare em. Makes it easier and anything that makes life easier when eating healthier is awesome.

Xazmin said...

I am such a nighttime grazer too. I am in the worst health funk ever, and I make myself so mad!

I've binged on the DP, and just been a bad girl!

I have GOTTA join this ...I just never seem to get on the should send me a "reprimand email" on tuesday night so I remember!

Brooks said...

You're not actually trying to get into skinny jeans, are you? 'Cause, gross! Only girl-haired male teenagers wear those. Oh, and the rest of the "cutters"...

It's tough to be a teenager.