Dieting

Motivation


Today is day 3. So far staying motivated has been extremely easy for me. I have easily resisted temptation.

On Monday, Day 1, the opening bartender (and a great friend) greeted me at work with a frozen coffee (full of milk and chocolate and caramel and sugar). I declined immediately and explained that I was starting Weight Watchers and really trying to be healthy. She was amazingly supportive and even suggested us walking together in the mornings. We live really close to each other, so we can walk around the neighborhood. She’s also pretty athletic and offered to help me get started working out. I’m pretty excited about it.

Yesterday, I turned down a piece of birthday cake at work (that looked delicious by the way!). And today a server brought a bag of the new Lay’s Chicken and Waffle potato chips into work for everyone to try. While I did eat one chip… (It’s chicken and waffle chips! Who could pass up an opportunity to try that?) That’s all I had! They were pretty tasty, too!

I’ve been eating breakfast and taking a vitamin every morning. That’s a pretty big deal for me. I never used to get up early enough to have breakfast before work. Day 1 I had a wheat bagel thin with fat free strawberry cream cheese, fat free cottage cheese, grapes, and a glass of milk. Day 2 I had spinach and mushrooms sautéed (no oil or butter!), fat free cottage cheese, and three pieces of Canadian bacon. And today, Day 3, I had a Jimmy Dean flatbread sandwich with turkey sausage, egg, and cheese. And a banana. All three breakfasts have been pretty filling and super quick and easy to fix.

One thing that I anticipate being a problem with my diet is work. I generally work 9 am to 4:30 pm with no break. I’m standing and moving constantly during this time and do not get a chance to have lunch. Until I started this diet I just didn’t eat at all during the day until I got off work. But I’m always pretty hungry when I get done with my shift. Day 1 and 2 I ate at work when I finished my shift. Surprisingly, Olive Garden actually has a really great low calorie menu! I ate the Venetian Apricot chicken both days. Not only is it an amazingly dish (grilled chicken with an apricot sauce served with steamed broccoli and marinated tomatoes and asparagus) but its pretty healthy. 390 calories. Of course, I skipped the breadsticks!

Also, I didn’t realize how much I grazed at work until I started actively tracking what I’m eating! For those of you who don’t work in a restaurant, grazing is eating small bites of things (croutons, tomatoes, food that wasn’t prepared correctly, etc.) as you are working. I didn’t think I was a bad grazer, but I have had to slap my hand to keep from grabbing a crouton or a bite of dead food (dead food = food that sat under the heat lamps for to long and is dried out and no longer acceptable to serve to guests, but generally still pretty tasty).

I haven’t really ate much for dinner. Mostly raw veggies (carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, celery, and cherry tomatoes) with a tiny bit of ranch.

I’ve also been super motivated to exercise and have been using Wii Fit and walking/jogging around the neighborhood. I’m thinking about starting the Couch to 5K again, but it’s still a little cold outside for me to run regularly.

Anyway, the point of this blog before I started rambling was to say that while I’m incredibly motivated now, I know that I won’t feel this way forever and I really really don’t want to quit this after a month like all the times in the past. My friend Sarah’s birthday is the day after mine (first week of August) and she suggested that we go the the beach or on a cruise for our birthdays and I would love to feel comfortable in a swimsuit by then! So any suggestions on staying motivated? I would love any input!

[Here’s a picture of the delicious Venetian Apricot Chicken. This is a dinner portion (so two chicken breasts instead of one) so it’s a few more calories. I’m not 100% sure off the top of my head, but I think it’s around 500. And yes it really looks like this!]

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