Every Monday through Friday before work I make my usual pit stop to Dunkin Donuts for my much needed caffeine indulgence. So far I’ve been able to avoid looking at the signs for their new Pumpkin Spice Crème Brule Latte, Caramel Swirl ice Coffee, Pumpkin Muffins, and something new that I just recently discovered: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. WHAT!!!!??? Such a tease while entering my favorite morning coffee spot. In a way, I’m happy that Sandra behind the counter knows my order and gets my Large Hot Coffee with a splash of Skim milk ready for me when she sees me walking in, so I don’t have to be tempted by ordering something with an unnecessary amount of calories. During the months of fall, I’ll treat myself maybe two or three times with a Pumpkin Coffee, but usually 99.9% of the time, I just get the regular #Willpower!! .. It’s hard because I LOVE pumpkin, but starting this repeat of my life changing journey, I rather eat my calories, then drink them. Over the weekend my family and I received the greatest news anyone can get. My brother and sister in law are having a baby! We all couldn’t be any more excited, as this is the first baby of the family, so of course this weekend consisted of celebrating and family get-togethers, which made it difficult to start my goal. I decided to start fresh upon the beginning of a new week. Yesterday I began my journey by weighing in, (which I will be doing every Monday morning), counting calories, having smaller portions, and even started exercising at night after dinner.
Here’s a sample plan of what I ate and the exercises I did. Along with that, I took my multivitamins, b-12, and just started taking Vitamin D. Since I have PCOS, my Vitamin D levels are always low. I recently read that by taking it, it’ll also help thinning hair caused by symptoms of PCOS. Time will tell!
Banana - 105 Calories
1 Tablespoon Low Fat Jiff Peanut Butter – 80 Calories
1 single serving 0% Plain Greek Non-fat Yogurt (Chobani): 80 Calories
1 tablespoon Honey: 64 Calories
¼ cup Organic Granola: 113 Calories
8 Strawberries: 45 Calories
Handful of grapes: 50 Calories
1 Serving Baked Flounder: 279 Calories
1 Corn on the Cob: 48 Calories
½ cup brown rice: 75 Calories
Total Calories intake for EOD: 939 Calories
It was a nice night out, and my mom asked me to go walking with her. So we went for a 3 mile walk which took roughly about a half hour. When I got home I did this 3 times:
Burns 100 Calories
-40 jumping Jacks
-10 Push ups
I noticed that in the morning, the peanut butter filled me up for a few hours because of its high protein content. The yogurt did the exact same. Although the fish is also loaded with protein, I wasn’t exactly that full. After doing my exercise, taking a hot shower and getting ready for work the next day, (I swear, every day is that movie Groundhogs Day) I focused my mind on other things instead of my stomach which was weeping for a big, fat, juicy sandwich. Oh, I also came to the conclusion that I need to drink more water. Blahhhh.
Please feel free to ask questions, share your stories and track your progress with me :)
“The only thing standing between you and your own goal is WILLPOWER” – John or Jane Doe.