Yay, it’s May! We can finally thank the showers for the all these pretty flowers. From where I’m sittin’, it has been a wonderful month so far. But that’s probably because I’m always in a good spirits in May. It is my Birthday month after all, and many of my favorite Taurean people are also celebrating.
My cheery mood probably also has something to do with my get-fit-for-summer success–that’s right, success!
Yesterday I went jeans shopping and was pleased to find that I have gone down a pant size since the last time I shopped. This came as quite good news since I was concerned about my progress ever since my Birthday was kicked-off a week before I expected. My boyfriend Philip, with the help of a couple other close friends, succeeded in throwing me a very surprising surprise party. There were cupcakes. There were M&Ms galore. Both of which are still lingering on my kitchen counter. Suffice to say it has been impossible to resist the residual treats of my Birthday Week. But it has been in moderation. My workout regimen has stayed consistent and I’m almost finished with Jillian’s 30-Day Shred! (To stretch out the results, I would suggest doing Level 1 for one week, Level 2 for two weeks, and Level 3 for the fourth week.)
(Yes, that is gifted Justin Bieber merchandise. It was much appreciated.)
Please do not interpret my week of weakness as failure to complete my plan, for it is only an obstacle along the way. It’s important to the goal that I stay focused in spite of cupcakes. After my Birthday this Friday the 13th, my week of weakness will be over and done with, and I’ll be able to continue on in my triumphant journey towards bikini town. Even with these minor mishaps, I have still been eating consciously and cutting calories where I can.
As far as tips go, I can give a few.
1. I have been snacking on a lot of strawberries. Sometimes when I’m really hungry but don’t want to make a regrettable decision, I make a case for strawberries (especially when they’re 2 for $4). I tend to cut up an entire pound of strawberries, sprinkle a couple packets of Splenda on there, stir them around in a bowl, and eat the whole damn thing. They make a delightful treat/serving of fruit.
2. Another thing I would suggest is having a tub of non-fat frozen yogurt on hand. I, personally, like the Umpqua brand in Raspberry Twirl. Skinny Cows and Weight Watchers ice cream are also acceptable. I’m not sure where I’d be if I didn’t have low-fat treats like this around the house…probably eating chocolate cake out of a dumpster or some shit.
3. When you go to a restaurant–let’s just say Red Robin for instance–shout out some salad order to the waitress before you even consider getting the Clucks and Fries. Don’t even begin to look for a loophole that will allow you the unhealthy option. It’s settled: you’re getting salad and you’re going to like it (and you probably really will!)
4. Coffee drinks can really soak up the day’s allotted calories. When ordering your coffee drink, go for the “tall” option with an extra shot rather than the “grande”. Hold the whip. The Skinny Caramel Macchiato is always a safe bet with only 105 calories in a tall, and 140 in a grande. Or, if you like white mocha’s, take a lot at what I found:
- You can get a Grande White Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream for 470 calories and 18 grams of fat. Ew.
- You can get a Double Tall White Mocha with Non-fat milk and NO whipped cream for 275 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
Now that’s how you negotiate the terms of your diet. These little tid bits should keep you satisfied until next time. Happy weight losing!