I've learned about my body. I've noticed how it reacts to certain things. I've realized how much better I feel when I stick with the plan, and I've become even more determined to do just that.
I drank a lot of caffeine this week. It came in the form of lattes and a few diet cokes. Each caffeinated beverage I drank tasted divine, and I told myself there was no harm in drinking them. I would still drink over 64 ounces of water. I would stick with the plan and eat only healthy foods. And I did for a bit, but then I turned back to my old ways.
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Those drinks also lead to acne - especially on my chin. And feeling bloated. And being tired.
It (almost always) starts the same way. A long week at work. A bit too much stress what with people, schedules, and (for right now) the process of building a house and trying to move everything around so I have time to move. Then I don't sleep well or enough. I feel like I need coffee - that green tea and water simply won't be enough. So I stop and order a skinny latte. At least it is non-fat milk and no whipped cream.
For a little while, it works. There is a surge of energy. And then there is a crash. And I'm thirsty. But water just doesn't sound good, so I choose something else that is caffeinated. The cycle begins again. Another surge of energy and then a crash. This time, though, the crash is coupled with dehydration.
After a few days of this, my chin starts to break out. I never put it all together until this week. Or maybe I did but I just didn't want to admit that there really was a physical reaction to too much caffeine and not enough water.
The other thing that happens is that my activity level drops. And then I don't burn nearly enough calories. Instead, I sit more and I eat more.. Two things that lead to weight gain and never weight loss.
I can't undo the past few days. I can't undo how many liquid calories I consumed. But I can move forward. I can chant the Bob Harper mantra that calories are not to be wasted on liquid. And I can drink enough water that I find myself going to the bathroom every 90 minutes at least.
I also can't undo how I ate. Not all my choices were bad. But there was one day I ate too much pizza. (At least, though, that was a day that I burned 3200 calories?) And another day when I went off the beaten path and hoped my choice would be healthy.. which it wasn't. So again I can move forward.
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We're going out tonight with friends. Staying at a hotel, eating dinner out, drinking beer(s) and watching the hockey game. It would be easy to use tonight as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. But I won't.
I've already done too much of eating and drinking this week. My calories can't take it, and my chin can't take the acne.
My plan? I think I am going to do by best to stick to Bob Harper's Skinny Rules principles. Some of them (like eating 10 meals at home) might be impossible since I am never home. But I am going to try. And I'm going to eat more salads - the healthy kind not the kind drowning in dressing.
Looking forward to a new week without coffee and diet soda!
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(title from "I Bruise Easily" by Natasha Bedingfield)