Sometimes when I swim I fantasize that I am competing in the Olympics like Michael Phelps. It sounds cheesy but it really does inspire me to push myself harder and further. Often times it’s easy to become complacent and set in our ways. I know I’m that way. My workout routines are so ingrained in WHO I AM now that if I change my swim day from like a Friday to a Thursday my whole life feels “off.” So it’s nice to change things up once in awhile.
Friday night I swam after work and fantasized I was Michael Phelps. This helped me in two ways:
1. I pushed myself out of my normal “comfortable” routine of swimming laps and went further, faster, and harder. I also paid more attention to my form as I swam.
2. It knocked me out of the boredom and monotony of counting laps.
I had a fantastic swim and left feeling upbeat and happy (AND pain free)! I stopped at the store to get some last minute items for dinner and saw this:
Oh. My. God. I used to eat these like my life depended on it. I LOVED these. Just seeing the package made my mouth water. I used to buy a bunch of these and devour them all in one sitting. I tentatively turned over the package and looked at the calories, gasping a little.
420 calories!! If I ate two a day that’s almost 900 calories just for that. Man I used to love those things. The lemon ones or the cherry ones were my favorite. I’d eat them right out of the package or I’d microwave it so the gooey insides were warm. How my life has changed. I’m reminded almost every day. These cherry pie desserts are something that I could NEVER eat again. Knowing how many calories are in them, how much sugar, how horrible they are for me, I could never just eat one as a once in awhile treat.
When I got home, Michael and I made Spinach and Cheese Ravioli for dinner. There were 2 servings in the package at 250 calories each serving.
I was so hungry by the time I got home I devoured almost an entire package of blueberries. In the spirit of not nibbling and cheating on myself, I counted the calories of the blueberries. Even though I asked the Twitter Universe if the blueberries counted…The consensus was that if I was on WW the blueberries would be zero points. I am so conflicted. Should I count the calories of the blueberries? Or not count them because they are healthy fruit?
I also picked up some spicy bratwursts to go on the ravioli. Michael boiled the sausages (270 calories each) and then cooked them in the skillet and chopped them up.
Drizzled some olive oil on the pasta and then I shredded some fresh Parmesan cheese on top. I added fresh ground pepper and called that dinner. It was good! I liked adding the sausage for the extra protein. We relaxed and caught up on TV shows from the week (The Middle, Parenthood and the shudderingly awful episode of Modern Family).
QUESTION: What’s something you could never eat again now that you are getting healthy and know the consequences? And do you think fruit and veggies should count?