Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recovery

So how did I do? Did I *really* throw the breaker on that binge? Was I able to revert right back to the healthy mindset and keep it there?

You bet.

After that binge, the very same night, I biked for 40 minutes. I usually only do 30, but I wanted to push myself. In the morning, I was up 2 pounds.

I made it my goal to have a low-calorie day with extra exercise to kind of mitigate the damages of that extra 1600+ calories I'd consumed. So yesterday my meals were:

Breakfast: Chai tea with milk & agave nectar, large bowl of oatmeal (made from whole groats) with brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with light eggnog and 2% milk. Green tea.
Snack: protein/fiber veggie juice drink
Lunch: large spinach & romaine salad with pomegranate arils, Clementine sections, crumbled bacon, chicken, Gorgonzola, & Balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: Sugar-free green tea soda and 4 Triscuit crackers
Dinner: I made spaghetti for the family. I made spaghetti SQUASH for me (the family hates it). I had a heaping plate of spaghetti squash topped with the delicious homemade sauce and two big homemade meatballs. Sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, with one slice of French bread (buttered with light butter) on the side.
Total calories: 1136

I also went for my usual walk at the park which I do twice a week. I usually aim for 30 minutes, but have gone 45 once or twice. This time I walked for a solid hour! I went 2.8 miles and was exhausted when I was done!

But when I got home, there were leaves covering the backyard. It was gorgeous, sunny, and 53 degrees so my daughter and I raked leaves for a half hour. It was super fun!

After dinner I was just wiped out tired... but in a good way. I was happy all day and felt great. Not once was I tempted to eat junk. I soaked in the tub and went to bed before 10.

This morning the 2 pound gain was gone and I am back to 230 where I was pre-binge. I am pleased with that! Today will be another healthy day, aiming for about 1400 calories today and a 30-minute bike ride in the evening. I think soon, very soon, I will be seeing the 220's again for the first time in about 7 months. I am ready!

I feel really great and excited to have a fun day with my kids today. I am making Butternut Macaroni and Cheese tonight... one of my favorite dishes in the world! There's nothing like a homemade baked macaroni & cheese... mmmm! Maybe another delicious spinach salad for lunch.

Have a super day!

17 comments:

Karen said...

Great job getting over your binge! I too struggle with binge eating. Chips are my trigger, I think your plan of attack was great by pushing yourself a little harder on the bike and having a healthy day the next day!

PS I love your butternut mac & cheese recipe, I've made it a few times!

Autumnforest said...

Yeah, you seem to really get how to rebound back onto the program. I was talking with 2 friends once and they were discussin their jumps off the food wagon and one said to the other one, "if you get a DUI, do you keep driving drunk? No. You clean up your act and you move on, pay the fines, do your time, and learn from it."She was being kind of hard on our other friend who used her binge time as an excuse to "realize I just can't diet" and give up. I look at celebrities and think...they have all this money and fancy restaurants and travel available to them and yet they know they have to deprive themselves of binges and using food as a stress reliever. They're suffering all the time in a constant state of paranoia about their weight in order to look like they do. If they have to go through that when they could be carried around on a pillow and eating filet mignon every day, then there's no reason why I can't ask more of myself and consider staying healthy my other full-time job.

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

That's awesome, Lyn. I'm thrilled you were able to not let your setback really set you back.

Keep up the great work!

401sue said...

AWESOME!!! We are almost at the same weight (you are a little lower)I want to take this journey with you! I'm happy you got through your micro bindge
You are an inspiration!

Margie M. said...

Great job, Lyn. It isn't easy to break a long-time cycle of bad behavior, but you are doing it. Congratulations.

Theresa said...

As I read this I notice the key element is "forgiveness". You have decided to forgive events that are not perfect. How much you have grown!!!! :)
You are a fantastic example to all of us in your ability to forgive, forget and move on. We can often extend this to another person.... but in the mirror it is so much more difficult. I'm *** sooooo proud of your accomplishment ***
Thanks for continuing to inspire through your written word. Oh, and you should write menus for restaurants!!!! The food you ate sounded better than something on a cruise ship~! ;)

Theresa said...

the good food that is! ;)

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Sounds like you had a great day. I'll bet you slept like a baby after all the exercise and raking.

Jessie said...

Good for you! That is awesome to hear.

Larkspur said...

Way to go.

redballoon said...

Great going. You are magnificent! And, heck, a 3,000-calorie binge is nothing. It will not even show up on you. Your body probably got scared because you have been in weight-loss mode. This heavy-calorie day will likely calm it down and let it know you're not starving.

I am so happy for you, that you are taking control. Awesome job, Lyn! Inspiring as usual!

Kathy said...

I think thats where I always screw up. Doing well and then binge....and then just give up. It turns into a month or several months of slopping through food and gaining weight back.Thanks for your honesty, You are an inspiration.

Steelers6 said...

Lyn, how are those knees? This sounds like a fair amount of activity goin' on in recent days.

I love how you kept some control (threw candy at boys, haha) & took control (eating well and exercising to make up for it). Are you living consciously, or what? Yeah, there was a mess up, but you turned it around so fast. PROGRESS!

Lyn said...

Steelers6~

knees are hurtin'! I had to take 2 Aleve yesterday and I still was sore at the end of the night. But I am fine today, so that's an improvement. I remember when one trip to Walmart (and all the walking involved) would have me literally limping for days or even weeks.

Getting on the bike in 5 minutes :)

Foodie Girl said...

Good job on getting back on track! Way to think it through.

Vickie said...

good for you - glad thing are smoother.

Hanlie said...

This is so incredibly significant... flipping the switch. Well done! You're right, the secret to success is not in never having a blow-out, but in recognizing it for what it was and recovering quickly. In time, this may not happen anymore, but for now, you have it under control! Good for you!