Guilt-Free Cookies On Sunday: A Work In Progress.

My favorite thing about this whole crazy venture is the idea of a cheat meal!  So in theory if I’m good all week, follow through on my alone-workouts and training sessions and don’t fall off the wagon too often, then I get a yummy reward!  My calendar is starting to look like a countdown to Christmas every week, how many more sleeps till Sunday?

The hardest part of this whole cheat meal thing is that unlike vitamins, it’s one a week, not one a day.  Since I’ve been away for so long, now that I’m back I enjoy seeing old friends and that’s usually over coffee (hot chocolate & cookies really), dinner & a movie, or standing around eating over the kitchen sink because that’s what grown-ups do right?  As much as I enjoy all these happy meals, I have to admit it makes it very hard not to break the one cheat meal a week rule.  I usually feel a little sheepish when I do, and for some reason I can’t help but tell my trainer.  Of course you can imagine the RubySlippers “You ate what? Why?” reaction, but she then also adds “we don’t all move at the same speed, so just keep at it ok…” which after one specific incident made me feel a little better, until she held the door to the women’s only workout area and looked at me with a devilish smirk and said “It’s going to be double hard today, remember it next time you want to eat that stuff”.    *Gulp* Note to SELF:  Next time keep the Popeyes fried chicken binge on dad’s birthday to SELF.

yodaunlearnIf, like me, you are also struggling with making healthier choices, I find that reading labels helps.  For some crazy reason when I actually see those calorie numbers above 200s, it makes me think twice.Some restaurants also have calorie counts of their meals on their websites or menus, that way if you know ahead of time where you are eating, you can plan accordingly.  If it’s a last minute thing and you really want to be good, you can always use free apps such as Myfitnesspal to help you along.  The idea of all this healthy-eating Jedi training is to ease you into making better choices for yourself, and make them lifelong habits.  Remember you’ve probably been eating wrong for a long time, and it will take time and effort to unlearn it and bring you back from the dark side.  So don’t give up!  Don’t stress yourself out if you have an off day or two, just get back on track and keep at it!  Keep in mind that the more you stress the more cortisol levels will rise, and excess cortisol will then stimulate glucose production.  The excess glucose will most likely be converted into fat, the kind that tends to be more responsive to fat storage, especially in the abdominal area… you get the idea right? No stress, just less cheating “May the force be with you!”yoda

Random Suggestions:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff (save the sweating for your workouts)
  • Plan your meals
  • Make a grocery list & stick to it
  • Eat before you go grocery shopping
  • Don’t buy Temptation (e.g. Cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, chips, etc… If they’re not there then you won’t eat them)
  • Read Labels (be aware of portions, calories, fat, sugar and what’s in your food)
  • Don’t gorge yourself on samples at Costco or Sam’s Club or wherever it is you shop (calories add up)
  • If you can’t make healthier choices then avoid food courts too
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more greens
  • Fruits and nuts can be snacks too
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Be mindful of your portions
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Don’t starve yourself
  • Don’t go to bed hungry
  • Go to bed earlier, get more sleep
  • Wake up earlier and repeat

You can also make a list of your “sometime snacks” and write down their “nutritional values”, as you get stronger and healthier you’ll find yourself wanting to cross some of them off your list because they’re not worth all your hard work… The less you eat them, the less you’ll want them, or so I’ve been told.

Sometimes Snacks (info from http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/search)

Cereal

Reese’s Peanut Butter Puff

Serving Size: 3/4 cup (Right! So not half the box for breakfast…)

Calories: 120, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 22g, Protein: 2g

 

Corn Pops

Serving Size: 1 cup (Who eats only one cup???)

Calories: 120, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 19g, Protein: 1g

 

William’s Coffee Pub

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 260, Fat: 13g, Carbs: 32g, Protein: 3g

 

Strawberry Milkshake

Serving Size: 2 cups

Calories: 370, Fat: 15g, Carbs: 52g, Protein: 6g

 

Hot Chocolate- White Deluxe Regular

Serving Size: 1 Medium

Calories: 230, Fat: 11g, Carbs: 26g, Protein: 7g

Starbucks

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie (WANT!)

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 470, Fat: 27g, Carbs: 54g, Protein: 6g

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 190, Fat: 17g, Carbs: 51g, Protein: 4g

 

Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie (For my friend who frowns upon my chocolate chip choice…360 for Oatmeal)

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 360, Fat: 15g, Carbs: 52g, Protein: 6g

 

White Hot Chocolate Tall- With Whipped Cream

Serving Size: 1 serving (12 fl. oz. )

Calories: 380, Fat: 15g, Carbs: 48g, Protein: 12g

 

Miscellaneous

Whopper No (Cheese, Mayo, Ketchup, Tomatoes or Bottom Bun)

Serving Size: 1 Burger

Calories: 330, Fat: 16g, Carbs: 27g, Protein: 21g

 

Chicken McNuggets

Serving Size: 10 Nuggets 5.7 oz. (162 g)

Calories: 470, Fat: 30g, Carbs: 30g, Protein: 22g

 

Big Mac

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Calories: 550, Fat: 29g, Carbs: 46g, Protein: 25g

 

So many calories, fat, and carbs…Why? Why??Why???

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