Thanks so much for the kind comments on my post about binge eating yesterday! If there is one thing I've learned while blogging about it, it's that I'm not alone. I can see that many of you relate to binge eating as well.
Yesterday was a rest day, so it was a challenge getting in 100% of my activity on my ActiveLink. Someone asked me to explain a little about how the ActiveLink works. I don't know the exact science of it, but basically, it's a little clip that you wear on your chest or waist (I wear mine on my underwear band, so it's hidden under my pants). This is what it looks like:
When the bottom right corner is fully lit, it means I've reached 25%; when the bottom right and the bottom middle buttons are full lit, it means I've reached 50%. Another light would be 75%. And the top left corner is 100%. (The two that aren't lit up are 125% and 150%). When I take the ActiveLink off and set it on a flat surface, the lights will come on to show how close I am to my goal. When I plug it into the computer, the computer shows my exact percentage and how many activity PointsPlus I've earned.
The ActiveLink isn't just a pedometer--it actually measures movement from left to right, forward and backward, and up and down. It's actually been really accurate for me so far. You can see how it might get addicting to try and get those lights to come on! (Beth from Beth's Journey wrote a better explanation of it, which you can find here).
Yesterday evening, Jerry and I had a "date night", because the kids were at my parents' house. I really wanted to go get ice cream, but I wasn't even at 50% of my goal for the day. So I suggested we go to the State Park to walk the trail (it's 3.1 miles) and then if I'd reached 100%, we could go get an ice cream at McDonald's.
So we went to the park, and it was FREEZING outside. The temp said 37, but it felt a lot colder than that while we were walking by the lake. Ice cream didn't even sound good at that point--but I knew that I'd still want it when we got back to the car ;) It took us just under an hour to finish the walk, and when we got back to the car, I unclipped my ActiveLink and watched the lights start to come on.
and then a flashing light, which means that I was at least halfway through getting the fourth light to come on (so I was between 87-99%). Bummer!
I was disappointed, but not terribly so, because I was absolutely freezing. I just kept thinking of getting home and making some hot tea to warm my hands. Once I got home, put on some warm PJ's, and drank some tea, I was in the mood for ice cream again. This time, we just went to Kroger and I got a small container of ice cream to bring home and have in the warm house.
This morning, I woke up, looked at the clock, and thought, "Holy crap, I slept in!!" and I was really excited that I got so much sleep--until I realized that we moved the clocks ahead last night. Doh! I had a four mile run scheduled today, and I wanted to get it done first thing. There was no reason not to run outside, but I chose to do the treadmill. I just REALLY didn't feel like running this morning. I watched an episode of Sons of Anarchy while I ran, then I walked a little afterward until the episode was over.
I feel really puffy, even though I've been doing well with counting my PointsPlus this week. Normally, I don't eat out much, but this weekend was pretty bad--I went to La Pita, had take-out pizza, a cookie from Mrs. Fields, and ice cream yesterday. So even though I've counted the PP in everything, I just feel kind of gross from eating all that. The next couple of days are uneventful, so hopefully I'll get my food back to the norm!