Week 1 check-in: slow and steady… losses excess weight?

This past week was full of challenges overcome and lessons learned. This coming week will make last week seem like child’s play (since I’ll be vacationing!) but I’m taking it one day at a time. As mentioned, so far the plan is to continue eating intuitively and by that I don’t mean eating whatever I want whenever I want it but rather try eating what I want but only when hungry… or at least when it’s truly worth it (and still keep the portions moderate). And definitely cut out the excess (like the damn night time snacking).

Here is what helped:

  • Eating larger, more satisfying portions at dinner.
  • Questioning the desire for the “automatic” post-meal dessert
  • Reminding myself about this post. I want to be a good role model, not just someone who continues to complain about a problem and does nothing about it.

Challenges overcome:

  • 2 meals out + 1 weekend away (with more eating out)
  • desire to “treat myself” to a dessert since I was in the neighborhood of my favorite bakery. Your support on last week’s post actually knocked that idea straight out of my head once I remembered that I wanted to check back in here with positive news. Also, the bakery isn’t that far so really – I can go back any day.

Lessons learned:

  • Commitment to losing weight does not make it easy to follow through. I still had to fight the usual urges to eat almond butter straight out of the jar or grabbing one too many handfuls of nuts because I felt like I still needed “a little something.”
  • Ordering corn on the cob at a restaurant may not be the healthiest choice. I went to b.good on Monday night and this was their seasonal veggie so I ordered it because it sounded good and I thought it would be a delicious and nutritious side (I got another order of “real” veggies too). As soon as I bit into it, I realized that it was probably buttered, making it a less-than-stellar choice when trying to lose a few pounds. I still ate every bite though – hey, I’m human :) Next time, I’d ask them to serve it “dry.”

Meals eaten out:

  • 1 Japanese lunch, 1 Mexican dinner, sandwiches + cake + cookies at King Arthur, nice dinner out with bloggers

Workouts completed:

  • 3.5 – Body Pump, spin, personal training session, 2.25 mile run/walk (<- I consider this one 1/2 workout since I kind of gave up mid-way and took too many walking breaks)

So how was all of this reflected on the scale?

I stepped on the scale yesterday morning (earlier than usual) and it read 155.8lbs. I seemed to recall that last week my weight was 155.6 lbs so I had a tiny freakout that my slow and steady “non-diet” approach is not going to work. I then went back to sleep. A few hours later I stepped on the scale again which read 154.8lbs. Which one is real? I guess it doesn’t matter because I was mistaken about last week’s weight – it was 156.6, which means I lost about 1lb this week. I didn’t make drastic changes, I continued to live my life… just a little more mindfully (in the food department). The scale at WW read 155.8 lbs (clothes on, empty stomach), which is 4lbs below last week’s but that’s because I didn’t eat before this week’s meeting (I was sick, so I slept right up until the meeting) as opposed to last week when I had a full breakfast and a snack + beverages before the lunch-time weigh-in.

How do I feel?

Overall, I feel good. I felt a little more in control this week, like I was finally tackling the problem at hand. The scale showed some progress in the right direction which I appreciated as well.

Things to keep in mind for next week:

  • Packing for vacation was terrible. I felt like nothing fit and I hated myself. This is the reason I am doing this. I need to remind myself of the big-picture every day.
  • Somewhat in contradiction to the previous point, I need to also remember that vacations must be enjoyed. That means that local delicious food will be eaten and I refuse to feel guilty about it. I know the number on the scale won’t be pretty next Tuesday but I’ll take care of that in the weeks to come. Then again, maybe with the right mentality, I can balance movement with indulgences and the scale will be my friend. One can hope. :)

Thank you all for reading. Like I mentioned above, your support through comments and emails made me just a little more successful and I really appreciate it!! 😀

PS. Last day to help me advance to the next level of Project Food Blog. Please vote here. Thanks so much!!!

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25 comments to Week 1 check-in: slow and steady… losses excess weight?

  • “I continued to live my life…just a little more mindfully.” Seriously, that is SO what it is about. I was having a big problem on weekends, but as soon as I just made it an official goal and became mindful, it just started to melt off.

    Congrats on a good first week and not sacrificing your life to feel good!!

  • Work it! Losing weight the right way always takes longer but keeping it off is waay easier. You’re doing awesome!

  • Car

    Good job! I can relate to the “automatic” need for dessert feeling. I have really tried to slow down and thinking about whether I am truly hungry for it – and sometimes, just a nice cup of tea will do.

    You might surprise yourself on vacation, I certainly did last time. Yes I ate what I want, trying to pay attention to my hunger cues and not feeling the need to always finish every bite, but in many instances my body actually craves the wholesome, cleaner choices so it all works out :)

  • slow and steady! so much of a mind game, it sounds like you’re on the right track :)

  • Congrats on the loss. I think the non-dieting approach can work, but it’s important to question yourself and see why you are really eating. Are you hungry? Is this mindless? Are you emotional? It’s tough!

    Counting calories is so much easier than working through everything intuitive eating requires, but I think the reward will be bigger with non-dieting! Keep on chugging along! :)

  • Liz

    Way to go, Elina! I think you have a very realistic attitude about what is important and how to achieve your goals. Congrats on the loss :)

  • I think you’re doing a great job and know that you will be successful in the week to come with your vacation! you know what to do, and i’m sure you’ll be doing it. :)

  • Hillary

    Congrats on your accomplishments, Elina! I can’t wait to hear bout your vacation! You deserve it :)

  • As long as you feel good! And more in control! Seriously, water weight is a real thing and I fluctuate 4 pounds up and down on a normal day. Which is why I think weighing yourself can make you go kinda crazy :)

    Keep up the awesome work!! :)

  • I love your blog. Seriously, you are so real and it’s refreshing. I try to be real on my blog as well and it’s so nice to read another person who isn’t all “Oh I just watched what I ate and the pounds dissappeared!!” No, they didn’t. It takes work and it’s a total mindgame. Thank you for being honest about the process. You rock!

  • Congrats on all of your success, girl! I love how mindfully and realistically you are going about this. So wonderful!

    Just wanted to add that I completely agree with one of your first points – eating a more satisfying dinner. I used to snack so much at night, but then realized it was b/c I was always leaving the dinner table less than satisfied. Now I focus on eating a heartier dinner (which has more nutrients anyway), and it’s making it much easier to keep to one, small evening snack.

  • Di

    Congrats on week one! :)

    I’m feeling the same way about my clothes. I’m going to Miami in a week and I don’t love how my they fit, but I’m still going to go have fun without totally losing control and I’m going to try to do a lot of walking while I’m there.

  • I like the idea of living mindfully! Life it to be enjoyed so we only shortchange ourselves when we don’t do that but it’s not a free-for-all either.

    I think you are doing great in your first week to reclaim yourself (because that’s what you are doing.) Slow & steady progress is always ideal though as women don’t we just love fast & furious! haha

    My thought about the dessert treat. Why not get it if you are near the bakery, wait until you get home then have a bite or two. Then it lasts you several nights & it’s been shown that just a couple bites of a REAL treat will be just as satisfying as eating the whole thing.

    Have a GREAT day!

  • Great post, I am in a similar place and reading it helped me.

  • Judith

    Great work!!!!!!! You are continuing to inspire me as I am on my own journey. (Day @#5 and still going well!) Enjoy your vaca and we will catch up when you are back. Thank you again for being real, raw and honest. xo

  • you are HEALTHY and HAPPY. that’s what matters. you look wonderful, so i wouldn’t worry about a few measley pounds. as long as you continue to make health conscious decisions and give your body great fuel, i don’t see the problem 😉 xox.

    chocolate oikos winner?

  • Great post! I just recently found your blog, and I’m glad I did! I appreciate your willingness to share this journey with us, as I’m sure many of us are going through what you are, too. My struggle: the “automatic dessert”. I eat less at dinner so I have calories for dessert–but then I’m so hungry, I eat too much dessert! Good luck to you, and maybe you’ll inspire me to cut out a few desserts. :)

  • Keep on keeping on, girlfriend! It sounds like you are doing all the right things and tackling real-life issues with real-life solutions while still enjoying good food. I would be worried if you went to that King Arthur event with a Ziploc of carrots! If it means you don’t lose super quickly, so be it. I have to remind myself of this all the time… I am a really slow weight loser these days but I FEEL so much healthier and I’m running a 5-mile race on Sunday. Would I have been able to do that six months ago? Hell no. Keep up the good work!

  • i really admire your openess on the blog – i can definitely relate to a lot of what you are going through, especially the frustration with clothes not fitting! for that same reason i am also trying to lose weight but in a way that is maintainable and won’t make me want to binge!

  • Keep up the good work!!! I’m positive you will get to your happy weight!

  • I LOVE how you laid this post out. It is healthy AND sane, and I think it will be a key to your success because it is gradual and sensible. Hopefully you are feeling better and some of those San Fran hills will provide a great walking workout :)

  • Great post! So happy for you! Keep up all the hard work.

  • It sounds like tracking is helping!
    The bakery will always be there tomorrow – struck a cord with me- I often get into that have-to-have-it-now-or-never mindset when it comes to treats or indulgences, which usually means I overeat..
    Good luck with continued progress!

  • Awesome job! I really like your slow and steady and SMART approach to this. Much healthier and more realistic. Keep it up!

  • Yay, glad things are going well! Hope you’re enjoying SF!!

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