Week 10 Food/Health Log 6/10…a pattern?

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Do it often.

This last week included a few social events, so you’ll see I enjoyed myself (see my notes about social events at the end of this post).

I didn’t go too crazy, but I dipped into a few of the unhealthy foods that tend to pull me in. I still included lots of healthy foods this week , but I’ll need to eat even more healthy foods like salads, beans, potatoes, veggies and fruit to crowd out the naughty ones next week.

Before I get into it, I realize I report on more than just what I eat, so I think I’ll start to call this a Health Log instead of a Food Log.

Here’s a quick recap of the week:

-I walked 6 out of the 7 days., with a total of 18.86 km. Awesome! I’m proud of being consistent with my walks.

-I had zero alcohol-free days….that surprised me. Definitely need to increase this number.

-I continued with my TV cleanse, watching Netflix on only two days.

Something else I forgot to mention last week, was that my husband and I have been eating all our meals at the dining room table, and NOT on the couch in front of the TV. We did eat on the sofa on the one day we watched a movie on Netflix, and I ate at the couch once when I watched a new series on Netflix (Good Girls) while my husband was at a football game.

Eating meals at the table is a big change for us. It’s often just the two of us eating and watching TV because our 16 year old daughter is busy and often not home to eat meals with us (she swims and competes with a swim club, and she also has two jobs).

During our TV cleanse, we noticed how much time we have to do other things when we’re not sitting in front of the TV. If you think you don’t have time to prep healthy foods or to fit in a walk during your day, have a close look at your TV/Netflix/Screentime habits. You might be surprised by the time you really do have. I was.

Here’s where I’m at with weight loss:

May 21 to June 25: I went down 6.2 lbs, up a few lbs and back to my original May 21 weight.

June 25 to July 2 …down 5.6 lbs

June 25 to July 9...down 3.2 lbs

As you can see, my indulgences this last week affected my weight. That’s ok. 🙂 I had a great time this week at a some events, so I don’t regret it.

I do see a pattern, however. My weeks 4-6 food logs are similar…a strong start and then gaining a few pounds.

Of course, this is the story of my life, and the story of many people’s lives. Like I’ve said before…this is NO reason to give up. Again, I’m proud of not beating myself up. Time to move on.

Here are the details of my week:

July 3 (friend’s 25th wedding anniversary)

-10.5 eating hours (10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

-2.26 km walk (25 min.)

-1/2 baked potato, 1/2 corn on the cob, 1/2 lightly cooked zucchini, all with ground black pepper

-chamomile mint tea

-leftover salad with whole wheat cous cous

-mashed potatoes with soy milk, salt and pepper

-catered event: mashed potatoes, pasta in mushroom sauce, sautéed veggies (green beans, peas, red pepper, cauliflower, onion, and carrots…with oil and/or dairy; 1/2 whole wheat bun with butter; cheesecake, cherry pie chocolate cake

-2 glasses of red wine

-2 oz drink (scotch and Drambuie)

July 4

-9 eating hours (12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

-2 km walk (22 min.)

-salad: cous cous, barley, arugula, broccoli, potato, Italian parsley, and lemon juice, Bragg’s, balsamic vinegar, pepper

chickpea patty with salad (oil) and French fries (vinegar, salt , ketchup/siracha) from restaurant

corn chips with cheese sauce and salsa from restaurant

-1 glass of red wine

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-1 cocktail: rusty nail

-ice cream bar

July 5 (our wedding anniversary 😊)

– 11 eating hours (10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

-4.2 km walk (39 min.)

chickpea patty with salad (oil) and pita bread, French fries, and lentil soup (from restaurant)

-dinner out: lobster, potato, tuna, avocado, bread, mushrooms Neptune, Caesar salad

dessert after dinner: ice cream cake

-1 glass of sparkling wine

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-2 glasses of red wine

-1 green apple vodka

July 6

-7 eating hours (2:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.)

-4 km walk (38 min.)

-mashed potatoes (soy milk, salt and pepper), leftover chickpea patty and salad

-Starbucks decaf soy caramel macchiato with two portions of sugar

-1/2 ham and cheese sandwich on white bun (from deli in grocery store)

sushi from deli area of grocery store (spicy salmon, shrimp and spicy california)

-2 glasses of red wine

-ice cream bar

July 7

-13 eating hours (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)

-2.4 km walk (25 min.)

-coffee (2 espresso shots with water and soy milk)

-salad-potato, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, arugula and creamy bean dressing (oil-free; made with white navy beans, soy milk, lemon juice and spices)

Caesar salad and French fries at restaurant

1 Old Fashioned

-1 glass of red wine

-club soda with lime

-cheese and Mary’s crackers

potato chips

-red grapes

 

 

July 8

-11 eating hours (11: 00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

– 4 km walk (38 min.)

– coffee (3 espresso shots with water, soy milk, cocoa, turmeric and maple syrup)

-fruit bowl: grapes, blueberries, Mandarin orange

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macaroni and cheese from grocery store deli

chicken bites with Frank’s hot sauce and ranch dip from grocery store deli

-cherries

2 glasses of red wine

July 9 (attended a baseball game)

-10 eating hours (10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

-banana

-cherries

-apple

-2 baked potatoes

nachos (cheese, tomatoes, olives, peppers) with salsa and sour cream

-pumpkin seeds (in the shell)

-peanuts

1 Bulldog Prosecco: lemonade with peach vodka and 1 sparkling white wine

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1 glass of red wine

-1 club soda with lime

It’s definitely harder to stay on track with healthy eating when there are social events. It’s something we all have to deal with. I find that once I’m eating unhealthy food, I just wake up the next day wanting more. My body gets hooked on the fat, salt and sugar.

As I said in my Give up?…or Fight Back Part 1 post, there are so many things in food that pull us in, and our taste buds feed on what we give them.

Honestly, right now, I want to write, “I’m really going to commit this week”, but I’m wanting more of the bad stuff.

I do want to get back on track. I’ll revisit my list from Part 2 of Give up?…or Fight Back! and remind myself of the ammunition in my arsenal.

Wishing you a healthy and successful journey,

SignatureAli

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