Sunday, November 1, 2009
A Loss on Halloween Week? That’s Downright Spooky!
Weekly weigh-in: 212.5
Total loss: 79.0 lbs.
A funny thing happened on my way to my Friday Halloween parties…
I spent the entire week with a sharp focus on my diet and an increased intensity with my workouts. I was trying to bank a bunch of extra-good days in order to leave myself some leeway during what was sure to be a wild Halloween weekend.
By the time Friday arrived, I knew I could cut loose a little if I wanted to without feeling an overload of guilt. I had paid in advance for a little fun. But as I stepped up to the big bowl of tortilla chips and the bubbling rotel dip, I found that the idea of stuffing myself with that kind of crap didn’t hold a whole lot of appeal. I thought about that 15-mile uphill climb on the bike I’d made the day before and the 750 calories it had burned. Fifty minutes of sweaty grunt-it-out misery equated (calorie-wise) to about ten chips and dip. I don’t know, but that just didn’t seem like a fair trade... so I just backed away.
That night, I found myself at another party and another table laden with high-fat treats (though, to be honest, there were plenty of healthy choices as well). I noshed on fresh veggies and nursed a couple of Heineken Lights. Towards the end of the evening, I found myself gravitating back to the food table, but wound up talking myself down from the ledge.
As for Halloween night, I’ve got a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to candy due to the fact that my Nazi dentist accidentally pulled my sweet tooth when I was a child. That’s not to say that I haven’t raided the kids’ treat bag in the past; it’s just that it doesn’t hold the same temptation for me as other things.
So that’s how I navigated through the rapids of a party-filled holiday week and managed to bring home a loss for the week.
This next week marks a bit of a departure for JSGF. I started what I thought was going to be an ordinary post and it just took on a life of its own, spreading out over the entire week, incorporating all kinds of blogging guest stars and straying off the weigh-loss ranch pretty badly. If tomorrow’s post doesn’t ring your bell, I’d suggest staying away for the rest of the week because each day just gets worse than the one before.
A nice loss and a week of silliness to look forward to… that’s a good reason to smile, if you ask me.