Per my previous post, I took a mini-vacation over the weekend, and I was baaaadd.
What’s bad? Let’s just say I didn’t take any pictures of the evidence, a.k.a. I was too busy being mesmerized by the food to have remembered to take photos.
All-you-can-eat sushi, burritos, buckets of food truck food, and of course there was that brunch at Marathon Grill on 40th and Walnut in Philly. Let’s just say side car + blueberry & honey smoothie + coffee with cream and sugar + eggs Saint Bernard = a very happy, over-eating Jany.
So… the damage? +3lbs or 10,500 calories. Yeah. TEN THOUSAND calories. (God damn it.)
I’m so glad that I exercised almost 5x a week for an hour before going on this trip b/c I’m sure if I hadn’t, I would have gained even more weight.
Sure, I got a little bit off track. But I know I can get it all back. No more crappy foods (including the caramel covered popcorn I couldn’t keep my hands off at work).
My goal for tomorrow and the next week is to eat breakfast. It really does help jump start my metabolism in the morning, and it may mean that I’m less hungry and less likely to eat crappy food later on during the day. Now, I’m not going to eat a huge bagel with cream cheese like I usually do. Instead, I’m going to grab some string cheese. There isn’t too much lean meat at work in the morning, nor am I really going to wake up 30 min. early to make some eggs with lean ham and veggies. So I’m going to have some string cheese in the morning.
Lunch: Meat the size of my palm. Carbs of the same size- pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. They’re not the healthiest carbs, but again, small steps. Then half a plate of veggies, either steamed or in the form of a salad.
Dinner: Either more salad with 1/2 the portion of the above OR skip it. It’s a lot easier to just not tempt myself, then go into the all you can eat catered food line at work and try to keep myself from going a little crazy.
Then, definitely gym.
Because I have a pretty aggressive schedule: 1lb every 3 days, I’ll need to cut over 1,000 calories from my diet per day. I’m hoping this means 500 calories less of food in-take and then 600 calories of exercising. (I totally thought 600 calories would be a cinch, but it’s actually 1 hour of pretty vigorous exercise. I mean pretty pissed off and working off some aggression exercise.)
I’m 100% glad that I chose to eat during my vacation. I could have made much better decisions, and I’ll remember that for the future. Now… back on track baby. The soon-to-be-sessy Jany train is going back on track.
UPDATE: My co-worker just posted a link to Lose It. It’s an iPhone app that helps you keep track of your caloric in-take. Using you age, height, current weight, goal weight, and speed of weight loss, it calculates how many calories you can eat per day.
You can add calories burned by exercising (even say which type of exercise); food including nutrition and calorie information; and a log of how you’re doing each day. It’s pretty cool.
I just downloaded it. We’ll see how it goes for a week, and I’ll find some time to write a formal review.