Halloween Indulgences: Mini Chocolate Bars and Zombies
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. :)