You were probably thinking, “Where’s she been?” School and just life in general has been busy these last two weeks. I am enjoying weighing in on Monday nights at JFit with Jacynta. Even with busy weeks and stress at work, I still managed to do fairly well with my healthy choices. Not perfect but decent. Perfection seems to be something that I continue to battle. I have definitely gotten better at my perfectionistic mentality, but it creeps in sometimes, and I throw my hands up and say, “What the heck?!” What ensues are some bingeing tendencies that I’m not proud of. Maybe you deal with this too. If you have tips and strategies for dealing with this, let me know. We are all learning from each other! This weight loss journey is not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!
Here’s how Week 4 went…loss of 3.7 lbs.!!!
What the what?!?! I could NOT believe this number. My first thought was…how did THAT happen??!! Looking back, of course I know how that happened. I was able to get in several days of good, purposeful activity with hot yoga, walking with friends after school, and boot camp. I ate dinner at home most nights, kept my calorie range in the 1200’s with the exception of 2 days, planned my meals for the week, and cooked a few healthy dishes. Here are some of my new favorites at the grocery store if you are looking for some new ideas.
Yum! I was able to get 3 servings out of this box. I ate this with a spinach salad and some lentils that I had cooked on Sunday.
Another good one! This baked in the oven while I made broccoli slaw with an avocado-cilantro dressing.
And here’s how Week 5 went…gain of 0.9 lbs.!
This week was a pop-up challenge that Jacynta gave her clients. The challenge was to stay at your calorie goal Monday-Friday. I knew that this was a great challenge for me, and it came at exactly the right time! I had Happy Hour planned for that Friday, and after coming off a HUGE loss, my first instinct would have been to say, “I deserve to eat more this week.” I knew that I really didn’t deserve that though. What I deserved was to be kind to my body and make healthy choices. I still have to challenge myself in order to make the changes that I want.
The challenge was a success Monday-Friday! I was SO proud of myself! I brought my own snacks and dinner to Happy Hour. I didn’t have any alcohol because of my self-imposed challenge of “Alcohol-free August.” I sent a text to my friend and said, “It can be done!! Yay!”
That gain on Monday night could have gotten me down, depressed me, but I decided to stay positive. I will focus on the greater picture. I succeeded at the challenge. I went the entire month of August without a beer or a glass of wine. I know that I can handle Happy Hour situations if I put my mind to it and focus.
Every day is not perfect, but I continue moving forward and working toward my goal. September 14 will be here soon. My goal is 156. I have it posted on my refrigerator so that every day I see that number. I plan to make that goal. I can do it, and I will do it!