January 25, 2012
Week 3 checkup
Weight: 188 (+2) CON
I ate things that I said I was not going to eat, i.e. things with extra ingredients in them. CON
I have more energy. PRO
I do not have any joint aches or pains. PRO
Other digestive issues are gradually beginning to improve PRO
Still not keeping calorie count or food journal. Apparently, a CON
Shannon has lost 10 lbs. PRO ( and was sweet enough to say that my 2 lb gain was from the extra workouts I have been doing)
With another week under my belt and a total of 4 lbs lost and 3 lbs gained I am sure some might be wondering if I feel like this is not working. It is so easy to get consumed by the numbers. What do I weigh and how much have I gained/lost? I had to remind myself last night that I did not start this undertaking as a weight loss diet. I am doing it to improve my health, get my energy back, feel better overall, and teach my daughters the right way to eat. In the beginning I told myself any weight loss would be an added benefit. But, as everyone does, I began to obsess about my weight.
The first week, when I actually lost weight, I did not care if I did. I ate real food and stopped when I was satisfied. I was diligent about labels and put a lot of thought into what I was eating. As the weeks have carried on I have become somewhat lazy reaching for what is easier to eat like a piece of cheese or a handful of nuts instead of cut up vegetables or fruit. ( I found a really delicious raw milk smoked cheddar at a nearby dairy.) Yes, I can eat cheese and nuts but they do contain more calories and are not as filling. I will begin to keep a food journal again to see what I am actually consuming in a day. I don’t think I will be a good testimony to this lifestyle if I weigh 207 lbs. again.
Some of the areas where I went wrong this week: finished the chocolate I had in the freezer, ate spoonfuls of peanut butter while watching late night tv this weekend (I know, gross), a co-worker very sweetly made me gluten-free pasta with meat and cheese sauce one day this week and gluten free Rice Krispy treats. This is the kind of exception I am willing to make because it was so thoughtful of her to make something special for me. I ate microwave popcorn with my girls and on accident Shannon bought the wrong kind of sour cream. It was my fault I did not write down the brand to buy and I have trained him to buy what is on sale.
Where I am successful: working out at least 5 days a week, eating many more vegetables at lunch and dinner. I don’t pack snacks anymore. This is a big deal. I used to really worry that I would get hungy mid-morning and mid-afternoon because my stomach would hurt. Because of the high fiber in fruits and vegetables and protein in cheese and yogurt I don’t worry about being hungry and eat fewer snacks.
What will the new week bring? For starters a renewed determination to succeed one meal at a time.