Buckling down for March

It’s March 1! And I decided last night that I would buckle down this month with my eating and try to get rid of the last few pounds that won’t allow me to wear my favorite jeans.

February was very stressful, with my mom discovering she was sick and starting her treatment, and I often found myself mindlessly snacking on candy and other treats at work, plus just generally caring less about making healthy meal choices.

But I want to get back into the habit of making good choices and being mindful with my food intake. I want to use food to enhance my half-marathon and marathon training, not sabotage it.

And so this morning I weighed in, as I will on the 15th and the 31st, to keep track of where these healthy choices take me, and to eventually (but probably not this month) get back to my marathon-running fighting weight of 138, and back into the beautiful, expensive, languishing-in-the-bottom-drawer jeans I used to be able to wear with ease.

March 1: 145.6

(Ignore the body-fat percentage, which is calculated based on my height, age, and weight; I think it’s highly inaccurate.)

I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app this morning and have been having fun tracking my food for the day. Of course, today would be the day that this obscene setup appears in the lobby at work:

I like how Theresa takes photos of things she would loooove to eat, but then says “No, thank you,” to them, so here ya go. No, thank you, Krispy Kreme!!!

My breakfast kept me full all the way till lunchtime at noon, and I’m still trying to finish this massive salad as we speak:

Hard to tell, but that is a big ol’ bowl. This is so yummy, and freeeee — all ingredients were found in the food-packed fridges and cupboards at work.

A lot of the work-provided food is really unhealthy (candy, chips, soda), but a lot of it is wonderful, fresh, good-quality food. It’s all about making the right choice!

Here’s what my day looks like so far in MyFitnessPal:

I’ve never really tracked calories before, so it’ll be interesting to see how many calories I need to eat at each meal to feel satisfied, and to see how many grams of carbs, fat, protein, etc. I actually eat.

I’ll also be sticking pretty closely to a Paleo diet, as my recent forays back into the world of processed carbs have been delicious but highly unsatisfying (see: not feeling satiated, having more sugar cravings, bloating).

Does anyone else use MyFitnessPal? Let me know if you have good tips!

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