Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cheaters Never Prosper

Hey bloggers!  Another week has come and gone.  It seems that time is just flying by.   I can't believe that it's almost been a year since I started my new life.  I've had some hiccups - ups and downs.  I'm just happy that I made the conscious decision to stick with this and not deviate.  It used to be easy to give up and say, "I don't want to do this anymore."  But, I'm not that person anymore.  I don't want to be obese and unhealthy.  I'm living a full, active life, accomplishing goals, and doing things I though I never could, and I'm much happier for it.

This week was...interesting to say the least.  I decided to do something this week that I haven't done in a very long time.  I didn't know what would happen, but what the hell, right?  You only live once.  So, what did I do?  I CHEATED.

Cheated?  What do you mean you cheated?  Well, I don't really like the word "cheat."  Cheating signifies that I did something wrong and dishonest.  I didn't fake a hole-in-one in mini golf.  I didn't count cards playing blackjack.  I didn't stack my UNO cards.  I supposedly cheated in my "diet."  I ate a few items that I usually tend to stay away from - considering that I have been counting calories and eating in moderation.  However, this week I did quite a bit of eating...that some would say was cheating.

Well, let me tell you. I did not cheat because I'm not on a "diet."  I'm not low carb, or no fat, or South Beach, or Atkins, or any of those other popular ones.  I'm eating what I want...as long as it is within my calorie goal for the day.  I consider my calorie goal like a checkbook that I must withdrawal to zero every day.  As long as I have the calories in the bank, I can eat it.  I make good, healthy choices and consider where I'm going and what I may eat.  If I want something that may cause a larger withdrawal from the bank, I make allowances so I won't go overdraw.

Right now, my calorie limit is 1,200.  It will never go below 1,200 because my body will not function properly on such low fuel.  As a matter of fact, depending on how the next few weeks go, I may need to increase that number. In order for optimal metabolic burn, you MUST eat.  Depriving yourself of food just slows your metabolism and weight lost comes to a halt.

It's a very tricky equation.  But, exercising is the key.  Whatever calories I burn in exercising is a deposit in the calorie bank.  So, if I burn 500 calories in a work out, I can now eat 1,700 calories instead of 1,200.  Don't worry.  My doctor is well aware of what I'm doing, and he placed the 1,200 limit.  So, I will always follow his instruction.

So, what did I eat?  Well, Monday was the Cavs first preseason game (we won!).  I ate at Quaker Steak and Lube.  I had 1/2 a chicken wrap, 2 hot wings, and some cheese fries.  I did not eat all the fries.  Not a big fan of the cheese sauce.  I did devour a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting.  YUM!  Tuesday I had a homemade cheeseburger.  No fries.  That wasn't too bad.  Wednesday, I ate an entire Panera Cinnamon roll.  YIKES!  I usually split those in half, but I don't know what came over me.

To be honest, I'm lucky I didn't gain this week.  I actually lost enough to post new pictures.  I don't know if I'll ever have another one of those weeks again.  I take 'em one at a time.  However,  I do know that when I go back to the Quicken Loans Arena for another game, I will have another cupcake.  It does have carrots in it.  That's not cheating. :)  And, it was Bad