Friday, September 17, 2010

Late Nights at the Office

It's been one of those weeks at the office!  You know the get into the office at 8 am and all hell breaks loose and you have to stay until 9:30 at night to get caught up.  That's happened TWICE this week.  All the issues are ones outside of my control, too!  Very strange...  In either case, as I've mentioned before I am totally a stress eater.  You may remember my post about eating an entire package of Little Caesars bread sticks on a late work night a few weeks ago.  Last night I was so very tempted to just eat away my stress.  I had some delicious food in the work fridge that a vendor had given me that would've totally satisfied my food cravings.  It also probably had somewhere around 1000+ calories in it.

Om nom nom...
Guess what?

I didn't eat it.  I managed to work till 9:30 without eating any crap food, which at my work place is a miracle!  Within my room I have easy access to Triscuits, cookies, assorted nuts, fruit roll ups, laffy taffy, M&Ms, Reese's, Almond Joys, Gummy Worms, Sour Patch Kids, etc.  The list is never-ending.
This is pretty much what several of our cabinets look like at work...
I was alone in the office and could've chowed down without shame, but I didn't.  I'm so proud that I was able to resist!  I worked through my stress by getting my inbox down to a reasonable level, rather than trying to eat it.  That's a much better solution!

On a different note, I am experiencing a rather frustrating thing.  I've been REALLY good with calories this week and with exercise (yay!).  In fact, if I were to pick a week where I felt that I had been the most diligent with following the lifestyle it would be this week.  However, the scale is not budging.  I'm not sure what is going on.  I'm going to  take my measurements tomorrow and see if those aren't moving either.  I'm hoping that it's just added muscle weight rather than no progress.  Any idea why the scale might not be moving?  For right now I am not letting it bother me too much, but I do hope that I can see signs of improvement for this week whether it's through inches lost or pounds gone.

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the No Numbers Challenge for many of my blogger friends next week.  I can't believe it has been a month!  I truly see the value of ignoring the scale, especially considering how frustrated it can make us (see above!).  No matter what the numbers show next week, know that I am super impressed with your work and enthusiasm.  Great job!


  1. Good for you resisting the temptation! That's hard. My office has a Candy Room (I kid you not) and it's hard to resist sometimes.

  2. Ugh! I could not imagin working around all that food!! Good for you!!

    I am so happy its the end, but I am scared all at the same time!! Here goes nothing...

  3. Becky, great job on resisting the temptation! I know exactly how you feel. When I'm in that situation, I ask myself how I will feel 5 minutes after I eat the "crap." It always tastes good going down, but it's never really worth it in the end, right? And it NEVER solves any problems.

    On the scale: weight loss is not linear, meaning just because you do everything "right" one week doesn't mean all the complex systems in our bodies react immediately. The good news is that if you stick it out it will happen, the scale will go down. Some weeks I felt like that, didn't lose any weight and then the next week I'd lose 4 pounds. You know you're doing great things for your body, keep up the great work and pay attention to how you feel. You're doing great!

    P.S. Where did you go hiking? I have some hiking partners but they don't like the long hikes like me. :)

  4. Hi Sandrelle-

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Your story inspires me so much. I really hope you make it into SELF magazine--you deserve it!

    As for hiking, I go all around the valley. I really love Big Cottonwood Canyon so I spend a lot of time there. I also have a hiking buddy from Ogden so we sometimes meet in the middle and hike up in Kaysville. I love long hikes but I can only get them in on the weekends because of work. Where do you hike?

  5. Aww, thanks Becky! I haven't done much this year, but some in the Uintas and American Fork Canyon. Next week we are going to do the Brighton Lakes Trail (to Catherine Lake and beyond). What are a few of your favorite hikes in Big Cottonwood? Thanks!

  6. I love the Brighton Lakes trail! Have you done it before? It's one of my favorites. I also really enjoyed Lake Blanche, and another good one is the Mill B North Fork Overlook trail. There are so many good ones to choose from! I haven't done many hikes in the Uintas. Do you have any you recommend?