I aced another test of willpower yesterday — two, if you count a sit-down at Starbucks.
That’s right. I met a writer friend for a couple hours’ worth of serious writing time Monday. Not only did I get a thousand words more done on my rewrite, but I also avoided Frappuccino temptation. I ordered an unsweetened iced green tea instead. Go, me!
But my real victory for the day was avoiding the buckeyes — chocolate-covered peanut butter balls — in the newsroom all afternoon and into the night.
Usually, when the buckeyes come it, I eat three or four. Yesterday, strangely enough, I was able to avoid them without much of a fight.
Okay, I’ll admit that I did look longingly at them once or twice — but I didn’t have an overwhelming urge to stuff my face. I waited until I got home from work and enjoyed a couple of sugar-free peppermint patties instead.
That likely has something to do with the whole Atkins mindset: I won’t eat it because I know even one is not okay.
But it could also have something to do with my getting on the scale this morning.
I got on for the first time in months and this number blinked up at me:
Yikes! That’s only about 16 pounds from where I was when I started Atkins the first time — and 14 more than when I went on Weight Watchers.
I wanted to hop right back on this morning, but I refrained. Even though there’s a place at atkins.com to record weight daily, I’m going with the old book guidelines, which say to weigh less often than that. I might try again tomorrow, but even then I’m leery about what it’ll do to my resolve if I don’t see any downward movement.
Seriously. I FEEL thinner. So does that mean I weighed more than 260.8 when I started two weeks ago? Or am I deluding myself into thinking Atkins is working the way it did before when it’s really not?
Nah. That can’t be the case. I’m eating in a more controlled manner, consuming less junk and more healthy foods — and I’ve cut back on things like cake and fries. I HAVE to be on the downward slope. There’s no way I’m still gaining.
Currently, I’m sipping a breakfast smoothie: A low-carb chocolate shake, blended with 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk and 1 cup spinach. Just 2.7 net carbs — and it overflowed a big 32-oz. cup. I know it’ll fuel me through 2 hours at the Bux once I finish this blog post.
No way can it be contributing to weight gain.