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?
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.
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