My Five-Day Wrap-Up

So how did I do?  I weighed in at 158.6 after eating well for five days.  That was a total loss of of 2.2 pounds.  So pretty much right where I think I should be after five days!

The biggest challenge for me going forward is trying to figure out how to keep up the momentum.  I’ve also struggled over the last several months trying to find the motivation to workout.  I know healthy eating and physical exercise go hand in hand for health and weight loss.  I just haven’t been able to get myself motivated.  I’m thinking another five-day challenge might work for me 🙂

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Day 4 and Almost There!

I’m starting Day 4 of my five-day challenge to eat well.  I try to weigh daily because it helps me stay on track.  When I don’t weigh myself for days or a week or more, that’s when I usually find the scale has slowly crept back up.  I know there’s debate about whether or not daily weighing is good for you.  I think it’s whatever works for you.  I don’t get upset with the daily fluctuations, and I feel like for me it adds accountability.

That being said, yesterday is was down another .2 lbs but today I’m back up and weighing in at 159.  So what did I eat yesterday?  I ate well.  The only thing I can think is that I used a number of spices when I made fish and veggies last night.  I try not to use packet mixes because they’re often high in sodium, so I just used a variety of spices including cumin, coriander, turmeric, etc.  I was trying to give my dish an Indian flavor.  But so often when I use those spices or even chili powder I end up retaining water the next day.  I did add a little salt, but I honestly didn’t think 1/2 tsp for the whole dish would have such an effect.

I’m okay with the scale going back up a little.  I know if I eat well today, lots of fresh foods, veggies, it will very likely drop back down tomorrow.  I’m just  wondering if there is anything I can do differently so that I can enjoy the spices I like without the water retention.  Time to research and keep eating well 🙂

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I’m looking forward to Day 2 of my Five-Day Eating Well Challenge! I weighed in this morning at 158.8.  I know my drop from yesterday (-2 lbs.) is mostly water weight, but it’s the first step.

As I was scanning through my news feed last night, I came across an article on weight loss.  Part of it was talking about meal planning, and a phrase struck me – “…don’t freak out if you miss a day – just carry on” (Joel Snape – The 7 Rules of Weight Loss.)  keep calmThat’s a sentiment I’ve used for a while now that has helped me to not give up.  If I have a doughnut one day, I just need to keep calm, carry on, and not let it be an excuse to keep eating badly the rest of the day because of that one thing.  I don’t beat myself up for not being perfect all the time.  This usually allows me to move past having made a poor decision so I can think about what I ate and how it made me feel.  I often realize I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

I’m excited to be getting back on track and feeling like I’m making positive steps forward.  I have four more days of eating well to succeed in my challenge.  I know I can do this and am already planning my next steps!  After my five-day challenge ends, I need to remember to not freak out if I mess up and just carry on 🙂


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A New Challenge

Today is a new day, and no time like the present! I’ve been up and down with my weight, back and forth, bouncing around on the scale in the same range for months.  I started out the year on January 1st back up to 169.6.  Over the last few months, in fits and starts, I ate well enough for blocks of time to drop down to 153.8.  After a weekend of camping and going off the rails, today I weighed in at 160.8.  I’m not giving up, but I need to figure out a way to make a lasting change.

One does not simply

Yesterday I came across an article about a 30-day challenge, and that got me thinking that maybe I could do a 30-day challenge for eating well.  This morning I even looked at the calendar to calculate the date for 30 days.  Within about five minutes I decided 30 days was too daunting.  I realized I need a smaller, more achievable goal to get me started.  Then it hit me – Why can’t I do a five-day challenge?  I can do that!!

Today is the first day of my five-day challenge to eat well.  What does eating well mean to me?

  • Eating real foods, not processed junk out of a box
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Being aware of my portion sizes
  • Being mindful of what I’m eating and when I’m eating
  • Before I eat something, asking myself if I’m really hungry, thirsty, or just bored
  • Challenging myself to eat a variety of healthy foods to make sure I’m getting different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients
  • Meal prep and planning since I know I do better when I can easily grab the right foods

I’m off to a good start today with breakfast.  Oatmeal with a diced small apple, 1/4 cups walnut pieces, and cinnamon.  Now to plan/prep for lunch, dinner, and snacks so I can make it a great day 🙂

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Small But I’ll Take It!

Week 19 weigh-in is at 155.4 lbs., which is a loss of .6 lbs. and an overall loss of 10.6 lbs. Not a huge loss, but at least it’s moving in the right direction!

I’m still struggling with motivation and staying focused. I had some great days and some days that could have been better. Of course I’m planning on doing even better this week 🙂

I’ve been working on the list of goals I’d like to accomplish, but this time I’m adding Why and How for each goal. I’ve also chosen a few different categories and then picked a goal or two. For example, one category is Health & Fitness and one goal in that category is to lose 5 lbs in February. The reason why I want to do it is to be healthier as well as look and feel better. How I plan it accomplish it is by working out 4-6 days per week and planning ahead for healthy meals and snacks.

It’s still a work in progress, but it’s helped me think more deeply about what I want and why as well as how I’m going to accomplish my goals. While I wasn’t perfect last week in meeting all the goals I’ve set so far, I did better than the week before!

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Week 18 and New Insight

Week 18 – I weighed in at 156. That’s up 5.6 lbs. since my last posting. I’m still at a total overall loss of 10 lbs., so all is not lost.

Week 18? What happened to Weeks 15-17?? Potato chips, pizza, the kids being off school for a week because of snow, and anyone who’s been trying to lose weight immediately gets the picture. I know – proper nutrition, exercise, and motivation are the answers. Been there, done that, and I’m not throwing in the towel by a long shot. No beating myself up but just learning and moving forward.

For a few days now I’ve really been struggling to figure out why I’m having such a hard time focusing for the last several weeks. Focusing on anything and everything. I’ve been in an absolute mental fog. I haven’t been feeling depressed, just that I cannot concentrate.

It finally occurred to me this morning that the last several weeks I haven’t been able to focus are also the last several weeks I have been eating more processed foods and haven’t been exercising near enough.

Light bulb

It was as though someone flipped the switch! I’m betting the reason I’m having such a hard time concentrating is either the processed food, lack of exercise, or both. Probably a combination of both.

I believe I have the likely answer to what’s been wrong with me as well as some much needed motivation. So it’s a new day, a new week, a new month and time to make good things happen 🙂

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Week 14 – I Can Do this!

Another week gone by and up to Week 14 now. I weighed in this week at 150.4 lbs., a gain of +0.2 lbs., over loss 17.6 lbs.

Could I have done better? Sure. Could I have done worse? Definitely!!

I don’t feel bad about having a slight gain considering I haven’t been properly tracking my food, I haven’t been exercising, and I’m completely off my routine. What I am doing right is being mindful of what I eat, especially watching the portion sizes. Maintaining over the holidays is not a bad thing.

I’m actually glad the holidays are over and that I didn’t go completely off the rails. It makes me feel like I’ve been learning something over the last few months. I’m still doing well this week with eating healthy, making good choices. However, I have not been getting back to my workouts, but I miss them!

I have come to the conclusion over the last three weeks that I have a problem I didn’t realize was a problem, which is having my boyfriend home. I’ve allowed it to interfere with my routine. He leaves Monday, so after that no more excuses. It is just an excuse, after all. But what do I do next time he’s back?? I have to figure out a way to not let it be an excuse to get off track. It’s hard because I want to spend as much time as possible with him, but I also need to make my workouts a priority. At least now that I’ve acknowledged it and know it’s a problem for me, I can try to prepare myself better for next time.

I haven’t made any New Years resolutions. My main goals are the same – eat healthy, workout, take care of myself. I do want to find some time to sit down to make some plans and figure out at least a few other goals I’d like to accomplish this year. My first goal – find some time to plans goals lol 🙂

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