Friday, June 3, 2011

4 Hour Body Check In-Skinny for NYC

I blogged about my failure to save money at the grocery store today at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. You can read about my crazy adventures here. Part of the reason I fail miserably at coupon clipping is that I don't shop interior aisles very often. And the 4 Hour Body diet calls for a lot of meat, eggs and vegetables. Those items are rarely coupon items. I won't lie. This is an expensive diet because you have to cook a lot of meat. Meat is not cheap. Period. So that's a huge downside. The upside of the diet is that I LOVE meat so I enjoy that aspect of the diet. And beans are cheap. One eats a lot of beans on this plan! A steady supply of Beano is necessary.

I'd post my stats this week, but to be honest, I've been battling a massive sinus infection for days so I haven't been able to exercise or follow the plan 100%. Beans and steak don't really comfort a sick body, do they? Nope, what comforts a sick body is chicken soup, a cookie, and some tender loving care from the family. I haven't "cheated" that much, but carbs do help. So I've allowed myself a bun once and some potatoes. No pasta. I haven't caved and eaten pasta. I have put sugar and milk in my tea because I feel like putridness and this is a comfort for me.

I'm actually really bummed about getting this sinus infection because I was on a great roll and doing so well. I complained about it to Darling Hubby, and he said, "Be patient. You're in this for the long haul, not a the short one. This is just a temporary glitch and you'll be back to full gear soon enough." I loved that support!!

So this week has been a no-go, but I will get well. When I do I will be back to working out regularly and following the 4 Hour Body plan religiously. This is the thing about lifestyle changes: be gentle on yourself when you have not so gentle days hit you hard.

How do you handle illnesses when you are on a diet plan? Do you cut yourself some slack? Do you feel defeated? How do you get back on the wagon?


Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

I think you hit the nail on the head: Be gentle with yourself for a few days. A little TLC never hurts!

Sorry you're feeling to icky. Been there done that earlier in the pollen season. Hope you're better soon!

Oh - if you have that phlegmy throat thing? Drink warm lemon water. And if your tummy is kinda iffy from all the drainage, add a 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the last 2-3 oz. or so to calm it down. Tastes...interesting, but it works!

Christine said...

Thanks Carol. I will try that! Thank goodness for modern medicine. I am on "drugs" and they have already made me better. I actually wrote today!

Pat said...

I love watching your journey...very inspiring. I don't think I could do that diet unless they count bread as a meat.

Great post!
Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley

Anne Gallagher said...

When I'm sick, any food regimen I'm on gets thrown right out the window. Good for you, you can stick to it.

Christine said...

Hi Pat: Thanks for stopping by the veranda and saying hi! I do miss bread--well baguettes--and cheese! I love love love cheese. But I make up for not being able to eat bread and cheese on Cheat Day.

I hope to get my good progression kick started this week now that I am feeling better. Stay tuned!


Christine said...

Hi Anne: I know! It's so hard to "be good" when one is feeling bad. But I was brave this morning and measured my waist and I hadn't gained. I figured no gain, no pain. Sure I would like to continue to see downward progression, but just standing pat after this past week is fine by me!!

I hope to see some downward progression in the losses this week now that I am beginning to kick this sinus infection in the behind. I keep telling myself this is a long term commitment, not a short term one. So any minor setback is fine just as long as I consider it only that: minor.

Hope to hit my Zumba class again this week!


Tami Brothers said...

You are doing a great job! AND your husband sounds like a very smart man.

Hope you feel better soon.