Saturday, April 6, 2013

WLJ: Resisting temptation

As you may or may not know, I recently moved.  I took a new job, so now I'm living in a metro area instead of a rural area.  There are a ton of benefits to that.  But there are also more temptations.  Food temptations.

I've confessed my weakness for cakes and cupcakes.  And this town has three cupcakeries that I've heard of.  And there may be more.  There's also a Dunkin' Donuts within walking distance.  And lots of fast food places between work and home.  I'm also suddenly surrounded by lots of friends and social invitations.  And most of them involve food.

I'm not complaining about any of this, but I do need to figure out a strategy so I don't slide into bad habits. It would compromise my goals and my wallet, both of which are pretty important to me.

I've already set a few rules for myself:
- Two cupcakes a month.
- Only go out to eat once a week.
- Absolutely no fast food.

I'm hoping I can stick to them.

I also need to get better about planning my meals for during the week.  After a workout, I'm usually too worn out to cook ... but also starving.  That's when takeout looks the most appealing.  So I'm going to start using Sundays to prepare and store meals for the week.

Do you have any other advice?

Total weight-loss goal: 45 lbs.
This week's progress: - 2 lbs.
Progress to date: -30.2 lbs.
Non-scale victory: I'm signed up for two 5Ks in the next few months.  I would like to find six to do this spring/summer/fall, so I'm on a mission.

April Fitness Challenge:
Right now, push-ups are the bane of my existence.  I can only do them on my knees, but I want to get to the point where I can do them on my toes. So, I've come up with this plan:

April 7-13 -- 20 push-ups (10 on toes)
April 14-20 -- 30 push-ups (15 on toes)
April 21-27 -- 40 push-ups (20 on toes)

I will do these daily and in addition to my other workouts.  Wish me luck!


  1. If you want to make your arms and chest burn like never before, try tabata pushups. I can send you an email with an explanation if you want.
    I like your pushup challenge!
    Also, if there was a Dunkin within walking distance, that'd be the end of me.

  2. I cook for the week too! It definitely helps to know I have something in the fridge. I also overcook, especially with soups and stews, then freeze individual sized portions. That way if I want something besides what I've cooked or I don't have a chance to cook I can defrost something in the morning and have another meal at night.

  3. I think you have some good guidelines. It's important to let yourself have a treat every once in a while! Good luck with the pushups!

  4. there's that quote 'if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.' and it looks like you've totally got your plan in place! Congrats on your new job, new place, and all the fun new friends you get to hang out with! Sure, that comes with temptation, but I bet so much more happiness too :)

  5. Temptation is always the hardest part about sticking to a 'diet' for me. I think you can do it!!! You've made such awesome progress already!


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