Saturday, September 15, 2012

A week without peanut butter

After yesterday's rainy 20-mile run, I spent most of the afternoon in the recliner with my beloved Teavana Youthberry tea. The rain eventually stopped and it ended up being a pretty nice day, but I was still glad to have run in the rain. I will take rain over sun and heat any day!

Yesterday was Jerry's birthday, so I made his favorite dinner before he went to work. The day seemed like it went by so fast, probably because I spent the entire morning running. The kids wanted to watch a movie and have popcorn before bed, so I put on the movie Tremors (which was on TV and I recorded it). I used to love that movie when I was a kid! I was surprised that the boys didn't fall asleep during the movie.

Usually on my long run days, I'm not very hungry; but yesterday, I was famished! I snacked all afternoon, and ended up using 20 of my activity points for the day. I followed Pete's advice and had lower-calorie, filling foods, and I felt great. Typically, I would have gotten very high-calorie junk food and justified eating it because "I ran 20 miles today"; but I would still be hungry all day. I had wine and dark chocolate for my treat last night, and savored every sip and bite.

Today, I didn't have anything going on except to drive Eli to his friend's house for a play date. When Eli was at his friend's house, Noah went out to lunch with my mom, and Jerry went to my parents' house to fix the minivan (it's been overheating). So I had the house to myself! Instead of doing something fun, I ended up mopping the kitchen floor. (Sounds simple, but it was a big production of moving everything out of the kitchen, sweeping, and mopping scrubbing the floor).

Today is actually Day 7 of no peanut butter! I'm still going strong without it. I never really realized just how much of a problem peanut butter was for me until this week. When I am stressed out and want to binge, the first thing I think of is peanut butter--by itself, spread on something, peanut butter candy, in ice cream, cookies, whatever.

But this week, when I've had the urge to binge, I can't think of anything without peanut butter that sounds like it's worth bingeing on. So my problem hasn't been cookies or ice cream or doughnuts--it's been the peanut butter that's in all those things! There is no way I'd want to give up peanut butter forever, but this six-week challenge is just what I needed to stop the binge eating (hopefully I'm not jinxing myself by saying that).

I have absolutely no pictures for today's short post, so here is a picture of Estelle:

20 comments:

  1. I almost caved and hit the peanut butter jar today but I talked myself down.

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  2. Ah tastes and cravings are so weird :) I could probably go the rest of my life without peanut butter and not really care!

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  3. We have a cat that could be Estelle's sister!

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  4. If it didn't have so many calories, I would probably literally eat pasta every single day.. Oh and I had a peanut butter day today. Just one of those days where you feel like grabbing a big spoonful.

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  5. The kitty is totally post worthy.

    Peanut butter? Wonder if I have a trigger like that....need to keep a food and feelings journal

    Congrats on your 7 days!

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  6. I also have a PB addiction... creamy Jif is the only kind for me though. Once I discovered that my five year old would eat crunchy PB like his dad (his preference), that is all that I buy now. Problem solved.

    Kelley

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  7. A peanut butter ban?! You are a stronger woman than I! I couldn't give it up. Although, maybe that is a reason to try.

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  8. I applied to host a Planters NUT-rition House party! Hope I get picked for it because I haven't found it in the store yet (I've only looked one place, though). I am very impressed by your determination!

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  9. I also have a cat that looks just like Estelle, and has the same determination to sit/sleep in the weirdest, smallest locations. If I throw my purse on my big bed, with and extra blanket over top it so the cats can cuddle on that, I'll come back in the room and Maggie will have half curled her little body on my purse!

    She's the sweetest little thing tho, she's just three now and I don't know what I'd do without her foolish, curious nonsense cracking me up all the time.

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  10. You are doing amazing with your no peanut butter challenge! I am just looking forward to the day that all the Cookie Butter and Biscoff Spread is gone. I am not buying anymore of that stuff, it is just too tempting to have in my house and I think partially responsible for my weight gain. There's only about half a jar of Biscoff Spread left and then I think it's all gone--Thank God!!!

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  11. Damn, I just went back and read all the comments and now I'm craving more Biscoff Spread. Time to get out of the house! It doesn't take much to get me bingeing...

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  12. You are so very strong. Pretty sure I know what I need to do this week too. No peanut butter.

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  13. I've been out of commission for the past 4wks because of a bulging disc and this weekend has been BAD when it comes to eating... it's totally for comfort. I wish that I have ONE trigger though. I LOVE sweet, I LOVE salty. I know that I can't have salt and vinegar chips in the house... I'll eat the whole bag, but this weekend I've been having a little pity party. Trying to snap out of it!! Good luck with your 6wk challenge! I am living vicariously through your running blogs :) Can't wait to get moving again...lol

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  14. if the peanut butter is really your issue---having and wanting it in everything---in the future you may want to try a "no peanut butter in" challenge...meaning you allow yourself to eat pb on its own or in a sandwhich, but that's it...no cookies, icecream, smoothies, candy, etc... it's a thought anyway ;)

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  15. I try to justify eating a higher-calorie (usually not-so-healthy) meal, too, when I run a longer distance. So I totally get that. It's hard to *want* veggies when you feel famished!

    I love the fact that you chose chocolate and wine as your treat. Soooo worth it!

    Cheers~

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  16. I don't think I could live without peanut butter! My favorite everything has peanut butter involved! I love it!! WTG on 1 week down!!

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  17. Good for you! Keep it going! I realized this week that I am eating way too much cheese...so I will be cutting back on that! :)

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  18. I can so relate to your obessesion with PB. I am pretty sure I could eat just about anything as long as I had a nice big glop of PB on it! You are such a source of inspiration to me, someone who also struggles with bingeing. Keep it up, I'm a big fan,

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  19. So inspiring as always, Katie! I've been away for awhile w/ craziness at work, but am back to enjoying your daily posts. I am on a new mission to GET FIT and will definitely be heading over to your site for motivation. I am SO IMPRESSED re: the peanut butter - that shows some serious dedication, girlfriend! Good for you.

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