So I’ve been flip-flopping around trying to figure out what I need to do to lose these 15 pounds (yes, the number has now jumped from 10 to 15 practically overnight) that I have gained since Christmas, and I finally decided that if I am in this for the long haul I need to do something that can be done without a ton of soul-crushing, back breaking, bank account-depleting effort. After much debating and reading, I’ve decided to go old school – I’m going to count calories. This way I still get to incorporate a few of my faves (chocolate, I’m looking at you) while keeping track of just how far I can go with meals and snacks. I’ve switched from FitDay to Calorie Count at About.com because I think FitDay is a bit fussy and it doesn’t even list the elliptical trainer in its activity database. I’ve been using CalorieCount for 3 days now and I think it is faster and easier than FitDay. I’m really pleased with it so far.

Last night I tested the limits of my allotted calories by making (and eating) cookies. The hubs is going through a bit of a funk lately and I thought I’d cheer him up a bit by making his favorite Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Which would have been a good thing, except that I forgot one important point – the hubs is not me.

Total tangent here: I’m getting really tired of using pseudonyms for the members of my family, so I’m just going to go ahead and out them now. Shawn is my husband, Matthew is my oldest son, Sarah is my middle child, and Mallory is my youngest. There, I did it. Now you all know. Big mystery solved. Let’s get back to the point of this post, shall we?

As I was saying, Shawn is not Jill. Shawn is not an emotional eater – a cookie does not make him feel better. Fishing makes him feel better. Playing basketball makes him feel better. Playing dominoes on the computer makes him feel better. Cookies, not so much. So guess who ate cookie dough and then subsequently the warm cookies fresh out of the oven? That’s right – me. And I didn’t feel better, I felt full and bloated. Let that be a lesson to me: emotional eating does not make anyone feel better, no matter how good the intentions (or the cookies) are.

I felt even worse because I didn’t get my work out done last night either, but I figure it’s one day – I’m not going to fret about what I didn’t do for one day. I’m going to try and squeeze in a workout this afternoon before church, and hopefully the 12 year old boys in my class will reek more than I will (that’s almost a 100% guarantee). Getting back on track is a tricky thing, you do what you gotta do.

I also think I need to up my water intake. I get about 2 liters a day, but I think I need more. I’m shooting for 3 liters a day – not difficult for me if I remember to drink enough when I get home. I drink about 2 liters during the day sitting at my desk, but when I get home and get busy, I tend to forget to drink anything and then wonder why I’m so thirsty at bedtime. I do not recommend trying to make up for it at 10:00 at night – have you ever had a dream where you need to go to the bathroom so you are holding it in your dream, but then you dream that you go to the bathroom and are in the process of going, and then you wake up and realize that you really do need to go NOW! And for a minute you can’t decide if you are still dreaming or not, but you get up and go because the thought of having to explain to your husband why the bed is wet is just too mortifying for words?

 
Or is that just me?

 
Switching topics here: today’s poll was going to be about whether or not I should cut my hair, and I brought my camera so I could show you all how long my hair is now vs how it looks when it is short (via photo from last year), but I forgot the bring the USB cord to hook it up to my computer, so we may have to save that one for tomorrow – but I’m having a really good hair day today, so maybe I’ll just do that poll tonight when I get home, assuming my hair is still cooperating.

Gee Jill, ramble much?

Okay, today’s poll… I could ask something serious about some health related topic, but we all know that’s just not my style, so here’s the totally random PearPoll for the day:

 

 

Have a great Wednesday everyone!