So when I started my Drop 10 Plan I had big dreams goals. I was achieving pretty well, a pound a week for each of the first two weeks. I was dropping the weight for the rights reasons and I was very happy about my progress. Then a big of pile of weight loss doody hit the fan and I was knocked out of running totally (and walking, and pretty much every decent calorie burning exercise because of pain). Well crap!
So with that in mind I had a decision to make. Losing weight was going to be hard without the extra 3,00-4,000 calories a week my workouts normally burned. Heck, it would be nearly impossible unless I was eating pretty fabulously every single day. I know myself and I decided to change my goal because I am all about moderation and healthy living, but was not about starving myself to drop a few pounds. My new goal: Do not gain any weight while you cannot run!
About to head to brunch with the girls. Look non teacher clothes!
(Love my turquoise skinny jeans with this ruffled top.)
I am very proud to report it has officially been been 49 days, or 7 weeks, since the last time I ran and… I have stayed the exact same weight. Old Abby would have gained anywhere between 7-14 pounds by now. I feel like even though I am not running, which sucks all sorts of things I cannot say on a PG rated blog, I am learning valuable food lessons. I have stuck to my veggie buying for a little over 10 weeks now and am so happy to say that eating them has become a daily habit. I find that I am snacking on healthier options like green beans, carrots, and fruits, and could not even tell you the last time I bought a box of 100 calorie pack (my old snack addiction).
However, I must admit that the reason my goal is to stay the same while I am on the running IR and not lose weight is because I refuse to deprive myself of the things I love. For example: Once a month my two best buds (who are my don’t go crazy while you cannot run rocks) and I try a new fun restaurant. It gives us an awesome excuse to get together, try food, and go places we might now go otherwise. I thought about experiences like this and realized that I didn’t want to miss out, have to order ridiculous options (hold this, add that, change…), or feel guilty about enjoying special meals. I knew that feeling like I was being deprived or starved would make me feel even more miserable about not being able to run (and not having that calorie burn), it just wasn’t worth it. Overall I am super happy with my decision to alter my goal. I am so proud that even without running I have managed to stay a consistent weight and that I have learned how to eat healthy foods on a regular basis while still enjoying special occasions. This gives me great faith that I have come a long way from where I used to be – I hope to never go back there again.
Last month girls’ meal was brunch at Hall’s Chophouse. Way out of our normal price range so brunch was a fabulous and delicious option. Hello, crab cakes benedict!Then I realized I had never been to Cupcake across the street so we splurged. C just got a cake ball. T and I split two cupcakes (hey, that only equals 1) a Samoa and a Bourbon Pecan.
How do you treat meals out?
Do you splurge and enjoy the meal, order carefully, not eat out, etc….