Exhaustion Strikes

Happy Hump Day! I feel like this week is flying by. Work is busy, I’m busy at home – there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I have to say that I’ve been a bit of a slacker this week in terms of working out. I made it to the gym on Monday night, but then last night I had some errands to run and I wanted to bake a bit, so the gym got cut from my “to-do list.”

I’m trying not to beat myself up about it, but my body also really seems to miss it.

How are you doing this holiday season as far as staying on point with your workouts and exercise routines?

Now here’s Tuesday’s eats:

Breakfast was a multi-grain honey English muffin (has extra fiber) with peanut butter and banana on top.

I also had some morning coffee I picked up on my way into work and then a mid-morning granola bar (not shown).

Lunch was leftovers from Monday night’s burrito bowl. I chose to eat this cold rather than heat it up and I think it was a good choice.

My afternoon snack was Rice Chips and an apple.

I left work a little bit late, which added to my decision not to hit the gym. I ran a few errands and stopped at the store on the way home to pick up the ingredients to make some cookies from a recipe my mom sent my way. These might just be my favorite cookies.

I started making them when I got home (probably around 7:15 p.m.)

The recipe then tells you to chill the batter for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours! I totally forgot about that. Well, by the time I got to that point it was getting pretty late. I checked with my mom and she said it should be okay to leave it in the fridge overnight. I was pretty tired so that’s just what I did.

So I stopped my baking efforts there and had some food instead. I’ll finish up the cookies tonight and post the recipe.

To be honest, I wasn’t really that hungry though or motivated to make anything. So…I am ashamed to show you my dinner. It was terrible and lazy. But that’s what my blog is all about right – accountability for what I eat and being more aware of my choices. So here it goes:

Know what it is? It’s triscuits with melted cheddar cheese and salsa on top. Pretty bad right? It’s my guilty little pleasure. (P.S. I also watched part of Sing Off so “guilty little pleasure” seems appropriate).

What is your guilty pleasure food? How often do you eat it?

To be fair, it’s not as bad as it could be. I mean the Triscuits are whole grains, okay cheese is cheese, but then salsa is just veggies! Trying to justify it.

Anyway – my night was pretty calm after that. I read Ahab’s Wife for a bit and then went to bed. I’ve been getting to bed kind of late recently and as you can see it’s been catching up with me.

This headline caught my eye today and actually made me sad:

Extreme diets: Life on 800 calories a day

People partaking in these very low-calorie diets (VLCD – as they are referred to) are missing out on so much and taking their bodies from one extreme to the other. It seems unnecessarily risky and I can’t believe these programs are allowed to run. Especially when these are just some of the side effects:

“Also, losing weight quickly could lead to gall stones and thinning hair because dieters are getting the minimum amount of nutrition, which can affect hair and bone density.”

I understand that once people reach such a high weight sometimes they feel like something drastic has to be done, but I don’t agree that this much limitation is the answer. It seems to me they are trading one kind of unhealthy for another.

What about you, do you agree with gastric bypass, VLCDs, pre-packaged food diets, etc.?

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4 responses to “Exhaustion Strikes

  1. Yeah, I think those extreme calorie cut diets are outrageous and should in no way be encouraged. Time and time again, it is much more common for people to keep off weight when they go through the weight loss process in a slow, healthful manner. It may not be as instantaneous as one wants, but it’s far more rewarding in the long run.

  2. I work out as soon as I wake up, so I never have issues with motivation like I would if I wait till later in the day. I find that if I wait, I’m constantly thinking, “oh and then I have to work out, ugh!” This way I get it over with. On busy days to fit it in, I go to bed earlier so I can wake up earlier.

  3. I work out first thing in the morning too. If I don’t, I won’t get to the gym. It gives me energy to get through the rest of the day!

    I’m not a big fan of ‘quick fixes’ for weight. I truly believe that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, for health reasons, then you really need to do it by changing your diet and exercise patterns.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I actually go to NYSC. Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to make it to urban rebounding this week, but will definitely hit it up after the new year!

  4. Hi again! Thanks for visiting my blog! Just to respond to you question. No, I have never ran a marathon before, I go to school in Boston and running is a big thing at my school. We have a team that forms on campus every year to run for a local charity. I won’t be officially registered with a number or anything, which is sad.. but I’ll be running with a group of friends/students so that’s good. You can get a number though if you go through registered charities: http://www.bostonmarathon.org/BostonMarathon/Charity.asp. Last time I checked they were filling up really fast and they might all be filled. Good luck!

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