The Mythbusters really know what they’re talking about! If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a bunch of nerds who test the scientific accuracy of myths, movie scenes, and viral videos. If what they are testing proves scientifically impossible, they go to extremes to figure out what would be required to make it possible. It almost always ends in an explosion!
Of course, they’ve also shot a cannonball through some poor families home, missed video of their largest explosion ever, flipped head-first over the handle bars of a bicycle, gotten their lip stuck in a vacuum cleaner, and suffered numerous cuts, bruises, and embarrassments. They live by the motto, “Failure is always an option!” because they recognize that we often learn more from that than we do from success.
By Mythbuster standards, I learned a lot this week!
When I woke up Thursday morning, I was fully committed to cutting out all the treats. I was psyched! It was going to be a great day, and my little calorie bar was going to be green!
Then I went to the teacher’s lounge for lunch and thought I’d just eat 1 chocolate covered peanut… 3 large handfuls later, I managed to drag myself away. As I walked down the hallway, I told the teacher friend that I would NOT be eating in the lounge on Friday, and I invited her to join me for lunch in my classroom – where there are NO chocolate covered peanuts! Lesson learned.
I let it go, didn’t punish myself, and decided to move on… until I walked in the door after school and saw the brownies still sitting on the counter. Halfway through my 3rd brownie, I threw it away! VICTORY! (Okay, so it was preceded by massive failure, but I threw away half a brownie! I totally get credit for that!) I wrapped the remaining brownies in individual portions and labelled them with my husband’s name. They are no longer mine, and I have no right to eat them. Brownies conquered!
By this point, I knew my day was screwed, but I also know that every choice I make is an opportunity to choose health. I’m proud to say that I was not letting myself feel bad about any of it! I had a healthy dinner and enjoyed my evening. I eventually wanted a bit of a snack and decided that a few banana chips would be a reasonable sweet that I was okay with. When I realized that I was finishing my second portion of them, I threw them all in the trash! I was mindlessly munching on them, and it needed to stop!
I made sure I tracked everything, and the damage totaled 2092 calories. Absolutely NOT my worst day – not even my worst day this week!
Everything I learned on Thursday paid off on Friday. Even with tacos for dinner, I only hit 1737 calories! I ate lunch in my classroom, and didn’t eat any “treats” all day!
Unfortunately, my run did not go well. I was tired, sluggish, and after 2 miles, I was still miserable.
I decided to listen to my body and give it up after 2.5 miles.
I think my “knee pain” is actually a pinched nerve in my hip from sleeping funny. I realized last night that I was waking up a lot because my right hip hurt. As I tried to stretch it out, I realized the pain was actually traveling from my hip through my knee and all the way to my ankle. In the middle of the night, I actually spent about an hour stretching REALLY well, and it does feel better this morning!
I’ve got 9 miles on the schedule, and we’ll see how it goes!
I did get on the scale, and my weight is back to where it was on Jan 6th.