This past week was an interesting one. Lots of hurdles I had to jump through, but in the end I pulled out a loss. Phew.
Starting Weight (1/25/16): 293 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 285.9 lbs.
This Week’s Weight: 284.4 lbs.
Total Loss: -1.5 lbs.
Unless you are living under a rock you know that the Super Bowl was this last Sunday. And as a current Colorado resident and wife of a HUGE Peyton Manning fan, it was to be celebrated.
Of course, one of the ways I am programmed to celebrate is with food.
I tried to carefully plan out a menu earlier in the week so that there would be no impulse buys at the store and so that there were a few healthy options.
Luckily, we had just bought a pig and the butcher had it good to go last Wednesday. So we decided that cooking ribs for Sunday dinner was the way to go. I had also planned some deviled eggs, and a super delicious spinach salad.
I planned two splurge foods for Sunday: Queso and chips, and chocolate pudding (for the girls, but, yum).
The only problem is that when I came home with the food on Saturday the queso and chips were calling to me. I ate them, I tracked them. I moved on.
Our church had a fast Sunday on Sunday (we do this every 1st Sunday of the month and then donate the money that we would have spent on food to the needy) and by the time I got home at noon I was ravenous. I went crazy. Stayed full the whole day. The end.
Things I Learned This Week
-Always track a binge. Normally if I would have eaten a ton of queso and chips I would have said “screw it” and eaten whatever I wanted the rest of the day. It turns out that I had eaten about 400 calories and that it didn’t ruin my whole day calorie wise. I ate a light dinner and stayed in control the rest of the day. It’s amazing the things we’ll do when we are in our right minds.
-I would have lost more weight if I would’ve stayed within my 1800 calorie limit. My fitbit is hooked up to my Myfitnesspal account and it shows a calorie burn even if I didn’t work out that day (just from the natural burn your body has throughout the day). I used this a little bit as a crutch. I didn’t go super far over my calories, but there were a couple of days that I hit 2000-2200 and I know that made a difference on this week’s weight loss.
-Be mindful of sodium. My salt intake was crazy on Sunday. I was trying really hard to not weigh myself the entire week (so that I didn’t get frustrated when the scale wasn’t moving everyday, which is silly), but on Monday I woke up with sausage fingers and was retaining water like a crazy person. I had to check. I made a promise to myself when I started blogging again that I would post the weight no matter if I lost or gained. And I was stressing that I wouldn’t see a loss 3 weeks in and would feel like a failure. I didn’t want to post that. Which brings me to my next point…
-There is power in water. I have always done really well at getting in a lot of water throughout the day. I’d say I drink close to a gallon a day no problem, but after Sunday I increased it to drink half my weight in water. That’s like 140 oz’s! It worked because when I woke up today my hands felt normal again. It took two days to get rid of one days splurge, crazy!
-Just move. I have no desire to go to the gym right now. Honestly, I don’t have a sports bra that fits me right now and they are either strapped in so tight I can’t breath or loose enough to give me a black eye. Every time I jump I get frustrated and uncomfortable and I just can’t let myself buy another one knowing that I will fit into about 4 bras after I lose 20 pounds. And with a chest my size it’s hard finding a bra that is under $40, so buying an inbetweener is out of the question. So what I have I been doing?
Walking in place. I do it while I’m watching tv or just killing time in between projects. I try to get myself to a certain number by a certain time of day and I’ve been averaging over 12,000 steps for the past 5 days (I am so sick of being the last person for steps out of my fitbit friends).
And that’s how my week went! Until next Wednesday:)