Today I contemplated making a pot of oatmeal, but I'm really not that hungry yet, and also — that might be a good lunch! Instead I'm having a TABOO MUFFIN, also a clementine, some coffee, and the first of my interminable glasses of water.
Yesterday I got a perfect score of 35 because I had a bonus point waiting in reserve. I lunched on hummus, veggies, and a pear, and dined on scrambled eggs with a dollop of plain yogurt, an avocado, a glass of wine, and a bowl of berries. For a snack, I had a handful of pistachios and peppermint tea. Though I thought about food all day long, I was satisfied and happy.
I also did my 10 minutes of exercise (weight lifting for both arms and legs, and some core and glute exercises) and did 10 minutes of stretching (big learning: my usual stretches do not fill 10 minutes; I stretched a few more body parts, figuring that anything that felt like a stretch had to be good for me), and then did my 10-minute well-being practice: mindful breathing.
And yes, the endless glasses of water were indeed my biggest challenge (pause here for a sip or two), but that 10 minutes of mindful breathing made me very edgy and antsy. I neither meditate nor nap, and this felt like both. And for most of the 10 minutes, I thought about food. But hey, I'm a Rules Girl; I can grit my way through 10 minutes of sloth if I have to, no problem.
However, during my mindful breathing I also engaged in an exercise called Static Back that the Challenge folks recommended for people who sit all day (c'est moi), which is to mimic your sitting position while lying on the floor, feet up on something.
At Coldwater Creek last week, I stood up after sitting for too long and groaned a little as I straightened my legs, and the guy next to me commented, "Yeah, sitting too long is the new smoking," which made me laugh.
My big goal for today is to COOK: I plan to hard-boil some eggs (protein!), make beet chips and kale chips, and cook a nice dinner for my family: fish, quinoa, beet greens with garlic, applesauce, toasted muffins, and a vegetable-laden green salad.
Oh! And I was down three pounds this morning!!! (Way to bury the lede, girl.) Water weight, I know, but it's very motivating, I must say.
At Fit-Bit's request, I had Mimosa take three pictures of me, from the front, back, and side, wearing my tightest exercise clothes (which did fit, once upon a time), and good lord, I am the chubbiest bulgiest thing ever.
I'm trying to work up the courage to post them here . . . but I'm not there yet. (They're going in my top-secret private file at Gold's Gym.) It will be cool to see how different I look in six weeks — I devoutly hope!
p.s. I'm reading three excellent books: