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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!! 😀
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