I lost another pound to make it an even ten pounds I have lost since I began this quinoa diet. Yesterday was a real challenge because my college boy is home for spring break and he tempts me all day long with suggestions of pancakes and doughnuts. I am happy to say I have not had a single doughnut or pancake yet, but he got me late last night with some apple cake that I was too tired to resist.
I do not want to run my diet like a series of strict procedures, but sometimes a simple rule can make a huge difference. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled my stair stepper out of storage and placed it in the middle of my bedroom floor where I could not fail to notice it every time I leave or enter the room.
Despite its prominent position, I still managed to ignore the stepper most days. I needed something to spur me into to action, some sort of carrot I could dangle for myself.
Something that would fit with my lifestyle and motivations.
Then I came up with a simple rule: I do not have my first cup of coffee until after I have completed my morning cardio exercise. This fits with my lifestyle because I work from home and I have the luxury of grabbing that coffee later in the morning if I want to be a brat about it.
Since I made that rule, I have not missed a single day of cardio, not even the day I had a very difficult phone call to make that could not be put off, and I wanted a coffee to fortify me.
Instead, I stuck to my commitment. I made the call, did my cardio, and enjoyed my coffee all the more for having waited.
However, I think I will schedule a day off from cardio each weekend. After nine days straight, I feel achy and think it wise to plan for a weekly rest.
Breakfast – quinoa and yogurt, banana
Lunch – eggs, spinach, cheese quinoa
Dinner – 2 slices of vegetarian pizza, skim milk
Snack – Strawberry Zucchini Quinoa Salad (Actually, this recipe I linked to is slightly different than today’s salad, but it’s a lovely salad.)
I’m a gram over on my fat for the day. I guess pizza was not the best option, but I like when I can take one night off from cooking each week. Actually, I am not even sure I have the right nutritional data entered because the local pizzeria doesn’t have nutrition facts on their site. I just grabbed the data from Pizza Hut’s pizza and hoped it was close enough.
What about you? Do you have any simple rules that help you commit to your goals?
Let me know in the comments.
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