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Halloween Indulgences: Mini Chocolate Bars and Zombies

October 31, 2010

 

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I have a thing for zombie movies.  Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later (not to be confused with the Sandra Bullock movie 28 Days), Zombieland, Resident Evil – love ‘em all.  As I type this, I am watching a new series on AMC called The Walking Dead.  Apropos for Halloween, don’t you think?

So, yes, today is/was Halloween, and I think I must now officially cut myself off from sugar for awhile!  Not sure if it’s the deceptively small size of the mini chocolate bars that makes me thing that it’s not as bad as the full-sized version, or just the fact that I usually don’t have chocolate kicking around my house, but I definitely over-indulged today.  And if I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve been snacking and treating myself a little too frequently lately – not just today.

Near the beginning of October, I met with my nutritionist and talked to her about my lack of  motivation and my inability to focus on weight loss.  With school and family and trying to fit in fitness, I just was lacking the mental energy to focus on weight loss.  So, we decided that I should just focus on maintaining my weight for now.  I still wanted to stick with a healthful diet, but was having a few issues with evening snacking and extra treats, so I set a goal to limit treats to one or two on the weekend and to eat a fruit or vegetable along before an evening snack.

Up until this week, I managed to maintain my weight, but over the past week, my weight has started to creep up, and as of this morning, I was up 1.5 lbs.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my weight loss journey this past year and a half, it’s that if I want to lose weight, I have to be mentally committed to it.  Otherwise, I find myself fitting in those extra snacks and treats and there’s no weight loss.

In the past, I’ve hit a couple of motivation blocks, and I’ve been spurred back into action by weight gain.  This time, though, I’m afraid that I still don’t have the extra motivation I need to get back on track.  I would love to write that, yes, I will resume my usual healthy diet and get in at least 3 workouts per week, but at this moment, I think it would be a hollow promise.

However, being that school is not quite as hectic as it was a couple of weeks ago, I think it’s reasonable for me to commit to the following goals for the week:

1) I will record what I eat at least 4 days this week

2) I will fit in at least 3 workouts this week (Monday – 30 min stationary bike and core, Wednesday – 25 min run and total body workout, Friday – 25 min run)

3) I will limit treats to 2, and only on the weekend (Gotta say, given my recent history, that this one will be tough!  But only for a few days.  Once I get into a groove, it’ll be fine.)

As added motivation, if I meet all of my goals as of the end of next Sunday, I will book myself in for a pedicure ASAP.

Now, I’m gonna get back to the zombies chasing a hot sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta.  Indulging in cheesy zombie films involves fewer calories than mini Kit Kat bars. :)

Happy Halloween!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 6:52 am

    I’ve never heard of that show — but somehow that picture you posted has me intrigued!

    Juggling family, work, school and weight loss (or any other goal, like starting a 2nd business, etc) is tough — and I think you have good goals for this week and I think that maintaining your weight is a good idea. Weight loss takes a lot of time and mental energy.

    I hope you had a nice Halloween!

  2. November 1, 2010 9:56 am

    Good luck w/ your goals! I find setting goals like that helps me, too. You have so much going on but you can do it! A pedicure is a GREAT reward!! :)

  3. eatmovewrite permalink
    November 1, 2010 11:18 am

    Did you love “Walking Dead” as much as I did? I’m so excited about this series – and I NEVER watch television!

    • November 1, 2010 7:20 pm

      I absolutely LOVED it! And I’m not much of a TV watcher, either, but I may set aside some time Sunday nights for the next little while, for sure. :)

  4. November 1, 2010 7:17 pm

    I definitely think that a huge part of weight loss for me is being mindful. I’m a feaster by nature, so the moment I take my eye off the ball, all bets are off.

    I think that the goals you set are extremely reasonable, and a pedicure? Who doesn’t love that?!

    • November 1, 2010 7:21 pm

      Seriously, the idea of a pedi has already kept me out of the kids’ Halloween candy today – like 3 times, and I’ve only be home for 2 hours!

  5. November 1, 2010 10:56 pm

    I always find that if I set a goal such as “try to eat 5-10 fruits and veggies a day” I eat a lot less crap because I am trying to fit in those fruits and veggies, and once I have eaten all of those I have no time, or no interest in eating candy, etc..

  6. November 3, 2010 9:49 am

    A great article. Thank you

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