The biggest challenge on Sundays is staying within my calories. I never exercise on Sundays and as a rest day, I am usually sitting most of the day and it is also the day that I usually bake. Fortunately I didn't have to bake anything today as we have a bunch of homemade empanadas that a member of our church made as a part of a fundraiser for her boys summer camps, and we still have cookies left over. However, that did mean there was a lot of sweet things to eat in the house that I had to stay out of.
The afternoon was the hardest time of the day for me. I really wanted to snack from 3-4, but I put all my food into MFP and decided to stick with it. I drank 6 8oz glasses of water and chewed some gum. I certainly needed the water because I hadn't had any to drink yet today and it helped. I am so bad at getting my water in. I try. I ended the day with 31 calories to spare for a total of 1449 consumed. I'm not sure it was the healthiest day but I am happy with my triumph of staying within my calories. This morning I ate oatmeal with strawberries for breakfast. I brought a Kashi bar to church for a snack. I love the dark chocolate with chia seeds Kashi bars. For lunch I ate three home made tamales (from that same fundraiser we got the empanadas from). That is probably where I could have had the most improvement. It would have been better to eat only two tamales and then eat a bunch of vegetables with some fruit, but that didn't happen. For dinner I made this thing called Szechuan shrimp which was basically a cold shrimp and vegetable and noodle dish. One serving took up all the remainder of my calories for the day so I didn't make any sides. I figured the dish had veggies, meat, and carbs in it so it was complete right? Actually I was just making excuses to get out of more cooking.
The evening was another difficult time for me. I was just feeling more hungry than usual today. Maybe it's because my stomach finally feels better. It's the first night I haven't felt sick in the evening in almost two weeks. I drank some more water, made some tea and chewed some gum, determined not to eat any more. I was not starving, and I don't feel deprived, just like I want to sit down and eat something not too healthy. For instance those empanadas I didn't eat sound really good, also chips, cookies, pretzels, crackers, all the junk food. But I don't want to eat broccoli, or any other vegetable. So that tells me I'm not really hungry or in need of nourishment, I just want to snack. And that is precisely the habit I want to quit and I am proud of myself for not giving in today and for staying on track.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day so I probably won't post, and then I am going to Zumba Tuesday night so I am not sure about that either. If you don't hear from me until Wednesday you know why. Hopefully I will have some good stories to tell by then. :-)