I record my weight on Wednesdays, but I usually weigh myself two or three times during the week. As a result, I usually know where I stand before my Wednesday weigh-in. Today was the first time I weighed in all week, but I still knew it wasn’t going to be good news. I could tell in other ways.
My first workout after getting home from Mobile was a core workout. It’s only a 10 minute workout, and it’s not particularly difficult. Nevertheless, I felt sluggish. Yesterday, I did weight training for my afternoon workout. For one exercise, I wore a weight belt to support my lower back. The belt felt snug. While I knew I wasn’t making progress on my weight, it was still disheartening when I weighed in this morning at 121.2. That’s another small step backwards. I’m three pounds above my goal and moving in the wrong direction.
I could blame my cold for reducing my activity level, but I still managed to run 50 miles last week. That’s enough miles that I should be able to at least maintain my weight. The problem is my eating habits.
I have a tendency to snack. Actually I graze. One small snack doesn’t do much damage, but if you keep eating another and another, it adds up. Most of the damage was done Monday evening when I got home from Mobile. That’s probably why I felt most sluggish Tuesday morning.
I maintain discipline when I’m home by keeping track of what I eat. If I start eating too much, I realize it when I record the numbers in my spreadsheet. That’s the wake-up call I need to remind me that I can’t afford to keep snacking.
When I’m traveling, I don’t keep track. I may eat some big restaurant meals, but I don’t generally have food available the rest of the time. That limits the damage.
The day I come home is a “travel day,” so I’m not keeping track. As soon as I get home, I have the perfect storm. There’s food in the house, and I don’t realize how much I’m eating.
That’s what happened on Monday. I had some travel delays, so I didn’t get home until evening. So far, I hadn’t eaten too much, but I had enough food to satisfy me. After getting a few things done, I was craving a sweet snack. We don’t usually have many sweets in the house, but I noticed that Deb had bought some cookies. They were whole grain peanut butter crème cookies. As cookies go, they were healthier than most, but it’s still something I didn’t really need.
Two cookies have 130 calories. I think I started with three. A while later I had two more ... then two more … I think you can see where this is going. I probably ate about 15 by the time I went to bed. I only had two at a time, so it never seemed over the top, but I was basically binging. Eventually I noticed she also bought some lemon crème Oreo cookies. I also had a few of those … and a few more.
I really need to control my binge snacking. The only time I do that is on the day I get home from a trip. This is why I usually keep track of my eating. It only takes one evening to undo a week of watching my diet.