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Candy Servings

I have a sweet tooth. A big sweet tooth. I don’t know what it is, but I need something sweet every day once in awhile. My usual suspects are Twizzlers, Nibs, Smarties, and Reese’s Pieces.

Whenever I end up buying some candy though, I find it really hard to not eat the whole bag. Yeah, I might be crazy, but once I start I can’t stop.

Candy Servings (1)

So I decided to try putting a “serving” in a bag of it’s own, hoping that it would help. And you know what? It totally did.

Once they’re in the bags it’s really easy to grab one and not have to worry about eating too much. I know exactly how much fat and calories are in each bag.

Usually it’s the sweetness that I’m craving, and I can get that from a quarter of the bag instead of the whole bag. I don’t feel nearly as guilty eating these as I could the whole bag.

Does anyone else divide up their snacks or sweets like this too?

Bad Diet


The other day I was thinking about the effort I put into working out and making sure I’m active 4 or 5 times a week. There’s a reason why it’s called working out – it’s hard work! If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Then I thought about the way I eat. Too many times I allow myself treats, rationalizing them by telling myself that I worked out, I deserve it. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Just because I got a work out in doesn’t mean I can go crazy eating anything I want.

It’s so incredibly easy for me to undo any benefits of my work out by eating junk afterwards. I worked too hard sweating and breathing hard to eat 350 calories mindlessly. It’s just not worth it.

So I’m going to try to be really mindful of what I eat. I put the effort into working out, so I might as well put the effort into making sure I’m eating as well as I can.

Little Black Dress

I’m already thinking about what I’m going to wear to Pride and Prejudice when I go in October. Yeah, I may not be very girly, but it’s been a long time since I last got to dress up.

I bought this dress a couple years ago for work. I know the photo isn’t that great, but I really like how it looks on me. It’s the only dress I own. Or have owned in a very long time.

I haven’t worn it since I bought it. I’ve definitely gained a little weight since then. It still fits, but it could definitely look better. So my plan is to watch my eating and make sure I get in all my workouts every week and lose a little weight so it looks amazing again when I wear it to Pride and Prejudice.

Cause we all know a night of “sucking it in” isn’t fun at all.

Each Day September 4 2012


The last couple days I’ve been eating amazingly good – better than I have been in a couple months. It’s been awesome.

Then last night happened. I helped the boyfriend move yesterday afternoon for a couple hours, carrying boxes into the house. I was hot, tired, and sweaty by the time I left. I was hungry too, but I figured dinner was only an hour or so away, so I’d just wait to eat.

Dinner ended up being later than I thought. Much later – like 3 hours later. By that time I was ravenous, but I didn’t eat enough dinner. So twenty minutes later I ate a candy bar and Twizzlers for dessert. Cause eating a massive dessert and pumping myself full of sugar is better than having seconds of a healthy dinner, right?

My first lesson from last night is to make sure I eat before I get crazy hungry. Cause obviously letting myself get that hungry doesn’t work for me.

My second lesson is to not let it hang over me. Last night was last night. Today is today. Bad decisions last night don’t have to effect today. I’m capable of making good decisions today even though I messed up last night. I don’t have to keep making myself feel bad.

Bowmont September 4 2012

Here’s what I wanted to do in August:

Take it easy. I think I definitely nailed this one. I spent five days on vacation away from home, work, and everyday life. I needed that break because I didn’t realize how easy it is to let the little things stress me out more than they need to. Now that I know what a difference it makes, I’m definitely going to try to not hold onto things, especially when in the grand scheme of things, they don’t really matter.

Eat better. I’m still trying to work on this one, but I’m definitely in the habit of eating better than I have been the last little while. One thing that felt really good is that I didn’t gain any weight while I was in vacation. I wasn’t gone for too long, but it would have been really easy to eat out and go crazy with the desserts and snacks with the excuse of being on vacation.

This month here’s what I want to accomplish:

Go to Bowmont 3 times a week. I haven’t been spending as much time at Bowmont as I would like. Last summer I walked almost every day, but this summer I’m lucky if I get there once every two or three weeks. I want to make sure I enjoy it while it’s still warm and sunny out, because before I know it it’ll be winter already.

Journal 3 times a week. I journaled every morning while I was on vacation, That’s the most consistent I’ve been in months. I haven’t done it once since I’ve been back. While I don’t think I’d be able to go back to doing it daily right away, I think three times a week is definitely doable.

What are you working on this month?