A 90 Year Old Lady On Blood Thinners

4 Nov

This week has been quite a challenge for me.  Between a Halloween candy encounter and colder temperatures, I struggled.  The good news is that I passed every challenge put in front of me, but not without much agonizing and temptation.

First off the Halloween candy run in.  I thought we had dodged the proverbial Halloween candy bullet by not having Tink actually collect any candy this year.  We dressed her up and showed her off a couple of time, but she is still too little to have candy and we did not want it in the house.  So, we just did not bring any home.  However, her daycare sent home a treat bag.  In it were things that I have no desire to eat: frosted shortbread cookies, oreo cookies, suckers, skittles…and then there it was…one singular Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.  My one and only true candy love.  

My heaven and my hell.

We sat the bag aside and forgot about it until Thursday when Tink was asleep, and Hubs was at a work function.  I was getting some water and I spied the bag and the peanut butter cup resting nonchalantly on the top of the pile of goodies crap. I at first walked away, but I did not get far.  I picked it up and flipped it around in my hands for a bit.  At first I was looking for nutritional information, then I was strictly mulling over eating this little treat.  I kept telling myself it is just one cup.  Not even a 2 pack.  It is not that big of deal.

So, to appease both my inner FatChick and inner FitChick, I decided to look up the calories on my phone so I could log it in my food diary before I ate it.  When I saw that one peanut butter cup was 105 calories and 7 grams of fat.  My inner FatChick basically b!+ch slapped my inner FatChick and I promptly threw the cup back in the bag (the bag in its entirety was thrown in the garbage shortly after.)  I know that 105 calories is not a huge indiscretion, but to me I consider the brevity of the enjoyment that I get from that treat not worth that many precious calories.  I have become stingy with my calories.  I only allow myself so many and I have to work so many of them off.  So, what I chose to eat has to be worth taking up that space in my daily allotment.  I want foods that will give me more than 3 seconds of pleasure and less than a nights worth of regret.  I know that I probably sound extreme to most of you looking to maintain or lose 2o lbs, but I have an extreme amount of weight to lose so extreme discipline is required for me to achieve this goal.

The brings me to my second challenge this week…craving bone hugging, core warming eats.  When winter hits I turn into a 90 year old lady on blood thinners.  I freeze pretty much 22 hours of the day.  I therefore have started to crave hearty foods.  Thoughts of heavy casseroles and comfort foods have crossed my mind multiple times this week.  This has led me to choking down my lunch at times (because I am slightly pouting about it not being what I really want) and just feeling more hungry than usual.  When the overwhelming hunger hits (note: it is really mental not true hunger) I have chosen to reach for some almonds or I have grabbed a couple of bites of my husband roasted chicken that he makes each week.  Subsequently (or completely unrelated), I felt so bloated all week long.  The scale was not moving and was up a few pounds at times.  I was certain I would be up in weight this week.  However, by the grace of God, I was actually down 2 pounds this week and hit my 70 lb total loss mark.  I was so surprised and thankful.

I am convinced that my bloating is related to my body trying to regulate itself due to my PCOS.  I think it basically leads to 2 week + of PMS symptoms.  I will gladly take this as my body was so jacked up before, that any sign of it trying to right itself is a okay with me.  It still amazes me that changing my diet and working out is having such an obvious positive affect on my endocrine system.

This brings me to my workouts this week…and yet another failure to meet my goal of 4 workouts a week.  I know what my problem is.  I get lazy on the weekends and then it is a challenge to workout 4 nights of 5 during the work week.  I need to get myself going on the weekends to balance it out.  I missed a chance to workout last night, but tonight I am on it.  I used to always workout on Sunday nights and it sets the tone for my week.  Somewhere along the way, Sunday nights slipped off and so did my ease of commitment to working out.  We will see if including Sunday night helps me out this week.

Working out tonight coupled with already having my my lunch prepared for the week, should set me off on the right foot.  I will be sharing my lunch recipe in a post tomorrow.

How do you handle the comfort food temptation during the winter months?  Have you experienced any obvious health improvements since getting on the fit train?  What is your sweet vice?

Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

8 Responses to “A 90 Year Old Lady On Blood Thinners”

  1. RunFastMama November 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I too am so cold non stop and have taken to roasting squash every weekend to have on hand to warm me up.
    I dont have many sweets I can eat due to allergies, but I have learned to love a box of raisins as a treat. They are really sweet!

    • fatchicktofitchick November 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Fruit is a good idea in general. I have noticed since cutting sugar from my diet, that fruit tastes sweeter and is more enjoyable.

  2. uberbeastmode November 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Be very proud you made all the right choices! I know that’s not an easy thing to do at all. To answer you question at the end to me knowing how much better I feel and perform when I don’t eat the crap is motivation enough to not go there when I want it. Feeling good 24 hours a day is better than feeling good for 5 minutes and like crap the rest of the day.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Well said! I really have to break out that rationale when I am tempted. I know that I will feel like garbage if I eat it and it just not worth it.

  3. sookisu November 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Well done on reaching your 70lb mark! I know what you mean about feeling the cold in winter, I really love hearty soups – butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato and chestnut – all wonderfully filling and warming and yet super low-fat and really nourishing. Good luck for the week ahead!

    • fatchicktofitchick November 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Soups have become my weekly staple. I just can’t stomach salads everyday when it is cold out!

      Have a great week!

  4. Jennifer Szescula Flanagan November 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Congrats on hitting your goal! I totally understand the Reese’s thing. I worked for Hersheypark for one summer and I don’t even want to think about the amount of chocolate and peanut butter I ate – I may have been on my feet and walking miles every day but the pants would get tighter no matter what.

    My sweet treats of choice now are the ones that I bake and I know the portion/calorie size. Mostly cookies and brownies, tablespoon size but full of the good stuff. One or two though gives me all I need.

    I got my run in today. It does make a difference to get in a good workout on the weekend. We’ve got a pot of chili on for the week. My comfort food technique is just much smaller portions than I’d like but it works for now.

    Hope the week continues well for you.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Oh lord working at Hersheypark? That would definitely be bad times for me! Smaller portions of the comfort foods is good advice. I think I will have to break that out when I just have to have something (probably Thanksgiving).

      I got my kettlebell workout in last night and I am geared up to do it again tonight. I always dread the Monday night workout much less when I already have one under my belt for the week.

      Have a great week1

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