It’s been a busy few days!
Yesterday was my company Christmas party. I felt sick all day, but some toast and Pepto Bismol finally seemed to help a little and I was okay by Party Time! (Phew!) I indulged in lots of wine, a yummy dinner and cheesecake for dessert. Everything was so good! I didn’t even feel guilty. Yay me! Unfortunately, I am not feeling so hot today. It’s 4:00 and all I have eaten all day is two pieces of toast. I must have a bug or something.
To make yesterday more interesting, our car died. Three trips to Canadian tire, a few phone calls to our mechanic and a $260 tow later, we discovered that it just needed a new battery. We didn’t have time to pick up the car last night, but thankfully, a co-worker gave us a ride to the party and the bosses paid for a cab home. Mark was pretty pleased that he didn’t have to be DD afterall!
Not much else to report. I have been staying on track, other than the past couple days. We just went grocery shopping and stocked up on healthy stuff to get me through the next 7 days til Christmas. I’m hoping to lose these 2 lbs. I’m stuck at 177.
Oh, I started running on Thursday! I went to the gym and did my usual 30 minutes of cardio on the arc trainer. For some reason, I decided to jump on the treadmill and walked for 10 minutes. I must have been feeling brave, because I cranked it up to 6 miles per hour and jogged for 10 minutes. I’ll try going on the treadmill first next time and see how long I can go. Mark runs regularly and I’d like to be able to join him once my gym membership expres in the Spring.
The good news is, I went to the gym!
The bad news is, I ate the rest of my dark chocolate bar before dinner and two slices of whole grain toast after the gym.
I’m telling you, if there’s chocolate or bread in the house, it doesn’t stand a chance. I’m not buying bread after this week. I think I’ll buy pitas to eat with my lunch salads instead, avoiding the whole late-night-bread-eating business. And no more chocolate for me until Christmas! Well, except for that dark chocolate Cadbury Thins bar in the fridge.
An update on what I’m eating these days: I am back on the quiche cups for breakfast and avoiding grains except for my toast episodes in the evenings. I’m still on one serving of fruit per day and completely avoiding sugar except for the dark chocolate allowance.
I’m holding strong at 177. I have a little over two weeks to lose those pesky 2 pounds, but that includes Christmas. Do you think I can do it?
I have a deal with myself that if I stick to the Diet, I’m allowed to cheat at my Christmas party on Friday (wine and dessert, but I will NOT go overboard) and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I’m terrified that I will gain 5 lbs, but I have to live a little!
‘Tis the season!
I have come to the realization that every day for the next 8 days I will come to work and find the kitchen full of cookies and loaves, chocolates and honey-roasted peanuts. So generous of our clients to send treats during the holidays…. *grumble, grumble* Just for spite, I’m bringing in a tray of veggies and dip tomorrow!
Thus far I haven’t taken even a nibble of these holiday treats so here’s hoping I can keep it up til the end of next week!
Yesterday I mentioned the cookies that Mom and I were baking all day Sunday. Here are just a few:
A serving of grapes according to SBD is 15. Do you know what 15 grapes looks like? Not very much! That’s like one mouthful! Anyway, I just ate my fruit quota for the day – 15 grapes. I’m not ready to advance to two servings of fruit yet; I’m taking it very slow.
Now for my weekend confessions!! (You know, I named my blog “Confessions of a Beach Bum” because I was sure I’d have pages and pages of confessions on a daily basis. I have actually been doing alright, haven’t I?)
I ate that salad from the caterers late Friday afternoon and then I was busy shopping with Mom (found a great purple top for the party!), doing laundry and grocery shopping. Suddenly it was 10 pm and I was HUNGRY. I ended up having two slices of whole grain toast with Olive Oil Becel. So, I exceeded my grain allowance for Friday, but it was soooooo good.
On Saturday we had eggs for brekkie and then Christmas shopped all day. At the end of six gruelling hours, we stopped at Quizno’s and I had a warm caesar salad which was very disappointing. I made Mark promise not to let me pay $8 for a ‘fast-food’ salad again. I picked up a Lindt dark chocolate bar at the mall and ate a few pieces (less than a serving – only about a fifth of the bar) while wrapping presents. I don’t even like dark chocolate, but it was sensational. Chicken parm (no pasta) for din-din.
Sunday … baked all day with Mom. The kitchen was full to the brim with cookies. I only had a few nibbles along the way, not even an entire cookie. But then I got home to unload my share and ate a chunk of Toblerone fudge. BAD! (But totally worth the guilt.) Didn’t really eat lunch on Sunday (just snacked on cheese, turkey, pickles, celery) and had a chicken fajita salad for dinner.
On Saturday I was a little over 177 lbs. My first goal is to be 175 by New Year’s. My next goal is 160 by Leanna’s wedding in May. I can do it!!
First, Happy Birthday to one of my South Beach Buddies on WB, Cheryl!
By the time we had dinner last night, Quizno’s was closed. I was still too lazy to think about cooking and I knew we were out of salad, so we hit the McDonald’s drive-thru. Don’t worry, I had a salad – a soggy salad mostly made up of the hard white pieces of iceberg lettuce, some rotton cherry tomatoes and dried up chicken breast. Yuck.
I did make it to the gym last night and burned 400 calories on the arc trainer. After more than a week off, it was exhausting. I think I am going to look for a workout DVD for at home. I need to workout more.
Weighed in this morning at 178.6, only 0.4 less than Sunday. Meh. But at least I didn’t gain! I am aiming for 175 by January 1st.
I’m sitting in my office basking in the aroma of fresh bagels right now. I miss bagels! I brought a pork chop and peppers for lunch (cooked in oil, light soy sauce and garlic) so hopefully it will fill me up enough that the catered lunch at 3:30 won’t be torture to avoid.* Tonight Mom and I are going to the mall on a mission for a new top for my Christmas party and I’m thinking I’ll grab a chicken souvlaki salad from the Greek place in the food court.
That’s it for this Friday. We still don’t have internet at our new apartment, so I’ll be back on Monday…
*3:07 pm update – turns out I didn’t have to completely avoid the lunch. It was a buffet feast catered by www.peterandpauls.com and luckily for me, there was a delicious Greek salad, on which I am currently feasting. I also grabbed a Diet Coke. Of course, the ginormous sandwiches on foccacia looked much better and don’t even get me started on the chocolate-covered strawberries… but at least there was something edible for a committed South Beacher like me!