By Deanna Verbouwens
September 03, 2001

birthday-cakeOh, what a week! Although I planned every single meal and was ready for combat, with all good healthy foods and snacks packed away in my little cooler, I still felt like I was dodging bullets every day this week. Those bullets were birthday celebrations, picnics, and three parties Oh my!

I did do some indulging: a chip here, an ice-cream cone there, a bite of cookie here, and a cocktail in my tummy! That being said, I did balance it with other good, healthy food. As my nutritionist goddess Marissa advised, when I do indulge, make sure I enjoy it, leave the guilt behind, and pair it with a healthy choice. I did just that.

Heres an example: The dessert table came out at one party, I choose to have strawberries and blueberries with a (big, probably a bit too big) dollop of whipped cream, alongside an oatmeal raisin cookie—which I had been dreaming about for about 3 weeks. Im not kidding: Every time I saw an oatmeal raisin cookie Id have to actually talk myself out of it, saying “Deanna, you dont need the cookie, pass it by. Step away from the cookie!”.

Anyhoo, I ate all the fruit and the whipped cream, took two bites of the cookie, and threw it out. Yes I threw out the cookie I had been dreaming about. Why? Because I had a taste and, frankly, it was just okay, I wasnt about to indulge in something that was just okay—why waste the calories?

Want more? I worked out seven days this week. One of those days, I biked three miles to my sisters house, we ran three miles together and then I biked three more miles home…uh huh! Who the hell is this Deanna? Its the new me, and I can totally feel the change, the real honest-to-goodness change from just working the program to living, breathing, and BELIEVING in the program—and I love it!

This weeks goals

  • Get more sleep. I almost got a full nights sleep every day this week. I am really trying to get in at a normal time. I am getting there; I plan to do better this week!
  • Planning meals. This week was stellar. I planned everything and it worked so well. I need to continue the trend and make this part of my everyday routine.

  • Planning meals. This week was stellar. I planned everything and it worked so well. I need to continue the trend and make this part of my everyday routine.
  • This weeks challenge

      Birthday Celebration!! My birthday was this week and I have to say, the challenge for me was to not go over the edge, and I didnt. As I mentioned above, I actually planned my meals for the week—including my birthday dinner. I looked at the online menu (I couldnt believe they had a website since its small restaurant) and picked my dinner meal before I‘d even had breakfast! The best part was that the entree was delicious!

      Birthday Celebration!! My birthday was this week and I have to say, the challenge for me was to not go over the edge, and I didnt. As I mentioned above, I actually planned my meals for the week—including my birthday dinner. I looked at the online menu (I couldnt believe they had a website since its small restaurant) and picked my dinner meal before I‘d even had breakfast! The best part was that the entree was delicious!

    Next weeks goals

      Sleep. I will conquer it this week and get a full week of good zzzzs!!
      Plan, plan, plan. I will continue to plan all meals until it becomes my new routine and not a chore.

      Sleep. I will conquer it this week and get a full week of good zzzzs!!
      Plan, plan, plan. I will continue to plan all meals until it becomes my new routine and not a chore.
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