Get After It

It is no coincidence that on Monday, November 4 — the day after Daylight Saving Time (did you know it is “Saving” and not “Savings”?) ended, I booked two round-trip tickets for Aaron and me to Maui.

In January.

For a total cost of $10.

Mileage plans are so awesome.

Hawaii is “our place” — we’ve been to Oahu (video!) and Kauai together, and we’ll go to the big island next October for our honeymoon — so I’m excited to visit another island together.

Speaking of our honeymoon, we’ll be IN KONA DURING THE 2014 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. You better believe we’ll be spectating it. Best honeymoon EVER!

Sorry, I’m getting sidetracked.

With a beach vacation on the horizon (and wedding-dress trying-on starting THIS WEEKEND), it’s time to buckle down on my eating.

I’ve had the “I can eat whatever I want because I just ran a marathon!” mindset since the Chicago Marathon, which is really only valid for like one or two days after the marathon. Three-and-a-half weeks later… not so much.

All of my meals are healthy, but my main downfall is candy at work. Between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., when the workday is feeling loooong, I will not hesitate to grab the following:

– Chocolate-covered raisins: I can eat a million and convince myself they are healthy-ish because RAISINS.
– Starburst: Pinks and reds only. Unfortunately, my office stocks the “Fave-reds” pack, which has ALL PINKS AND REDS.
– Skittles: Like Starburst, these give me that instant, fruity-flavored sugar rush. I can never have just one “fun-sized” pack. (They should rename “fun-sized” to “a little less diabetes, maybe.”)
– Rolos: The office stocks these little 340-calorie bags of ‘em. I start out thinking I’ll just have a few Rolos, and them I’m all YOLO, life’s too short for just a few ROLOS. Whole bag, gone.

Oh my god. It must stop.

Tomorrow, I’m going to start using My Fitness Pal again (you can follow my food diary here). MFP doesn’t always deter me from snacking on candy — you’ll definitely find plenty of Starburst in the archives — but it does help me see how many empty calories and grams of sugar I’m consuming with my little candy binges.

I’ll also post my starting weight and measurements, not because I have a specific goal — I’m happy where I am now and all my clothes fit wonderfully — but just to see what happens when I rein in my food choices.

I obviously won’t deprive myself of delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas foods when those holidays roll around, but I don’t want to use the whole holiday season as an excuse to eat like crap.

I just want to feel great in a bikini in Maui! OK? OK.

See you tomorrow!

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