There's a post over at Our Wicked Weighs about what 100 calories can look like. Of course, the list varies. There is a comparison offered - a cup of baby carrots or 10 M&M's - and the question is asked: are the 10 M&M's worth it? If you've ever read the Looney Spoons cookbook, it contains many such comparisons.
Today, I got to thinking about that "worth it" factor, and how it can really vary. Maybe on one day, you are hungry and you want to fill yourself up. In that case, the volume of the cup of carrots is probably the right choice. But some days, maybe those 10 M&M's really are worth it.
I've tried really hard this week to make good choices, to cut portions, to stick to planned meals and snacks. And I've done it. There have been some evenings when I've gone to bed feeling hungry. But the number on the scale has dropped over the past few days, and it feels like those efforts have been worth it.
But sometimes, you do need a treat. I truly believe it is all about balance. Whatever your preferred method for weight loss, it's going to come down to eating less, choosing healthy foods, and passing up on some things that you might want to eat. But there has to be a way to do it without making yourself miserable.
Fleeting cravings that made there way across my consciousness today:
- Chocolate milk (weird, I can't drink milk)
- Dill pickle potato chips
- Cookies! Any kind of cookies!
I didn't have any of those. They were just fleeting thoughts that popped in to my head, and didn't last.
But I did have a cheeseburger for lunch. We had a work lunch today, and looking at the menu, that was what I really wanted. It came with fries. It was good. I didn't eat the whole burger, or all of the fries, but I had enough that I was satisfied. Worth it.
Am I just making excuses? Maybe.
Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and I know having a higher-calorie day to day might affect that. But, what's done is done and I'm not worried about it. I'm ready to work hard again next week and hopefully see results. We shall see.
BF: 1/2 cup raspberries & 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, coffee w/cream
Lunch: Cheeseburger, fries, beer
Supper: Tandoori chicken, basmati rice, (last of the leftovers), salad
Workout: 45 minutes on the treadmill