Difference from last entry: -3.1 (!!!)
WOOHOO!!!! Once again, another excellent week! And this time around, I knew that it was going to be. Because I had been doing everything that I wanted to do. I had been controlling what I was eating. I had been exercising like I wanted to. I met my goals, and it showed when I got on my scale, and when I put my jeans on!
This weigh-in was on Saturday; since then, I haven’t been quite as good. I had a bad Saturday, eating too much candy and Chinese food. It was almost like a vacation weekend, though, so I am not too worried about it. Sunday was a little bit better. Yesterday was a good day, until I went chair shopping! What does chair shopping have to do with eating badly? I’m glad that you asked!
I went to Office Max yesterday on my lunch break in search of a chair. However, I was also very hungry, and having to wait in line didn’t help much. When I got up to the checkout stand, I saw the bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter nuggets, and just could not resist buying it. My stomach was growling, I was shakey, and I really wanted to eat something, anything. I should’ve just left the store and gotten lunch. But, instead, I got the candy, and ate quite a bit of it before I finally got to a restaurant. I then had lunch. Then, for mid-afternoon snack, finished off the candy.
I learned two very important things from this: first, don’t set yourself up for failure! By going out shopping on a very-empty stomach, I set myself up so I’d be unable to resist any temptation. I should’ve eaten first! Second, that I really should’ve thrown away the bag of candy after I ate lunch. There was no reason to keep the bag by me, but I did anyway. This made it very easy for me to pick at the bag all afternoon, until I had finally consumed the entire contents.
Fortunately, a whole bag of the nuggets isn’t horribly bad. There’s approximately the same amount of calories in one of those bags as there is in a Double Whopper with Cheese. True, this is far more calories than someone who is trying to lose weight should be eating. But definitely not a devastating amount.
The key to weight management is to learn from the mistakes you make. It’s impossible to be perfect. Somewhere on this journey, a person will make mistakes. The mistakes can be bad, especially if we continue to make the same mistake over and over. But if we learn something from the mistake, and what we learned helps us to succeed when we run into a similar circumstance in the future, then the mistake is something that was postiive, that was good for us to experience.