This is the point in my previous attempts to lose weight where, in the past, I have given up. Now, before you guys worry – please notice I said IN THE PAST.
The scale is not moving. 3 weeks at the same weight even though I feel like I’m doing everything right. It is this frustration that has before led me to throw in the towel BUT this time it’s different. This time, I’m not on a diet. This time I am simply changing the way I eat and feed my family. This time I don’t feel resentful of all the things I’m not eating or can’t touch because I feel better. I have more energy and don’t feel so lethargic. That alone tells me I’m on the right track. I also have come to realize that those first 6 lbs came off using a “diet” so the fact that I went off of said “diet” normally would mean that the loss would have already come back by now. Last week I went to the grocery store and stuck to the outer edges – Fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, etc. – and bypassed all of the center aisles full of the convenience items with ingredients I couldn’t read much less know what they were! (Amazing how much more quickly I can get my shopping done this way.) I also discovered the “bulk foods” section in my HEB grocery store. There are so many different grains here it’s amazing. Picked up some Quinoa and although I haven’t a clue what to do with it, that’s one of my goals this week. I’ve gotten a number of lovely recipes from my sistas and am excited. I also discovered Almond Milk which is lovely in my cereal and satisfies my craving for a glass of milk without as many calories. I’ve also been tracking my calories on Sparkepeople when I can. I continue to be amazed at how much less I absent mindedly eat when I know I have to track it!
As for exercise, I managed to fit 90 min of strength training for my #Mamaguns Buff ‘N’ Tuff Challenge, 90 min of cardio and the first 2 days of my 200 situps challenge that I’m doing with Lorrie (@cuteangel79 ) into my already busy week. Although I met the minimums, 2 things bothered me about my exercise. (1) I felt like it was a chore most of the time and (2) I didn’t really push myself so I know I didn’t get everything out of it that I wanted. Both are attitude adjustments and this leads to another one of my weekly goals.
I did get my water intake up and haven’t had any sodas in 2 weeks!!! And I’m getting my fiber in as well – 1 week of that. After the first few days of added fiber, my body was revolting but stuck with it and now we are back on track.
So all in all, I see it as a successful week with some areas that I can work on this week. The scale may not have moved but I feel great. I don’t feel sluggish, tired or bloated so I have to be patient while my body figures out what the heck I’m doing to it!
Goals for this week:
(1) Continued water and Fiber monitoring
(2) Change my attitude towards my exercise to a more positive one – Act “as if” right?
(3) Push myself a little more each day
(4) Eat at least 1 “new” food each week to keep me from getting into a rut – something I’ve never tried before.
I’m also SUPER jealous of Rachel Lacy (@Rachel_L), Lisa Johnson (@ljenator) and Leah (@bookieboo) who get to run through Central Park on Tuesday in New York City with Jared from SUBWAY for the #commit2fit media challenge!! How Awesome is that?!?! Also loving that Subway is this week’s sponser. So appropriate!
A HUGE Congrats to Pamela, our SOW. Can I just say that I love your comments on my blogs. They are always so thoughtful and inspiring! That’s it for now as I have the rest of a crazy day ahead of me but it’s shaping up to be a great Monday!
- Motivation Monday: September 20, 2010 (momontherun.net)