Would you believe that I had a whole post written up on Monday, that I thought I posted... but didn't?
And would you believe that this silly program I write from (Ecto) is supposed to save my post every two minutes, but it didn't?
I didn't realize until late Monday night that it posted the title but not the post. And then life got in the way with training for my new job, and I wasn't anticipating how exhausted I would be from it all that I have yet to have time to sit down and write another post. I am off tomorrow evening, and I have a post in my head that I want to write about what it is I am doing differently this time to lose weight, and stick with it. And what are the things that I have a better handle on, and what are the things I need to reeeeally work on.
But one of the I am going to quickly mention is that I need to work on eating more often. You will always hear weight lose, and nutrition experts saying that if you are trying to lose you weight you must, must, must eat breakfast to jump-start your metabolism first thing when you wake up, and keep fueling the fire every couple of hours throughout the day. This is something that I need to work on in a serious way. I have never eaten breakfast. Never, in my whole life have I consistently eaten breakfast. I'm a night owl, so back in my primary school days I was up late at night, and would wake up at the last possible minute for me to be on time to school. That, and the fact that I would eat late at night before bed, I never woke up hungry. So I would be up at around 6:30-7a.m., and not eat until lunch time around 12:30-1p.m., and then because I always had extra-curriculars after school, I wasn't eating dinner until around 8p.m. I would then go to my dance lessons, get home around 10:30p.m. and need a snack around 11 p.m. because I was hungry after 4+ hours of exercise, with 2-3 hours of homework ahead of me! And things have continued in that pattern after high school, and after college. And now that I have been working nights mostly, my eating schedule is still confusing, I can't wrap my head around calling it "meal 1, meal 2, meal 3" and not breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But with my new job, and working more days, I have gotten more of a handle on my meals. So as much as my week has been absolutely bat shit crazy, I am doing so much better with my eating this week. I'm still not very hungry when I first wake up (although I am definitely hungrier than I have been, and I need to eat within an hour of waking), I am remedying that by having a protein smoothie for breakfast. It feels less like food, but I am making sure they have enough calories that it feels like a meal, and keeps me full for a while. Also the plus to that is I put it in my to-go tumbler and drink it during my new 45 minutes commute to work, so I can only need to get up an extra 5 minutes to measure, blend, pour, and rinse!
I have lost 4 el bees this week, and I am really happy about. I'm taking this one step at a time. All I've done differently this week is focus on what, and when I am eating! And it works!
This Weeks Eats:
I'm finding a bit of a routine with my food, which is just fine with me! Especially with breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks it takes the guess work out of it, which makes it so much easier for me with meal planning, and ensuring that I am eating enough! Smoothies for breakfast. Apple and nut butter (preferable Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter) for a.m. snack. Some kind of green salad with chicken, or salmon or tuna salad with carrots and crackers for dipping for lunch. P.m. snack is usually veg with hummus, or yogurt and granola. And then if I'm home for dinner I am at the mercy of Boomer, and whatever recipe I am dying to make, or if it's a late night, take out (Papa Murphy's deLite pizza, or something from the restaurant I work at).
I did enjoy an epic night of bingo, and (a very) happy hour with my coworker/lover/friend, and more friends! It was phenomenal! And an indulgent lunch, and dinner while helping a friend move on Thursday! But I was working hard! I deserved it!
I am planning on focusing on my food again this coming week, and reigning in my cheat day to, well.... 1 day. And then adding in exercise the following week. I am still trying to figure out what my schedule is going to be like with the new job. And especially because it is spring break at the restaurant it is getting crazier every week.
That's it for now, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a short(-er than this) update! If not, have a great weekend!