This week was definitely a bit of a struggle. I’m having a hard time figuring out my new routine. Well, actually, what’s been happening is that I’m operating on no routine at all. I guess I’ve been taking an emotional break from the routine-based past decade of working, and basking in newfound freedom of working for myself. Which means I’ve been taking mid-day naps, working at 11pm and, uh, skipping (almost) all my workouts. A few days of freedom-enjoyment is great, but I really need to settle myself into a new routine. I do better with routine—even a breakable one.
Food was actually not that bad this week. Last weekend, I went a little crazypants with food prep and cut up all kinds of veggies, made a big batch of hummus, boiled some eggs, made some date balls and made a big noodle salad for lunches. Having all of that readily available in the fridge made eating healthy snacks and lunches easy peasy. I need to keep up this trend in the future!
What I really struggled with this week is keeping my dinner lean and green. For me, I feel my best (and lose the most weight) when my dinners are all about lean proteins and lots of veggies. During the summer, I pretty much lived on a giant piece of grilled fish with half-a-plateful of grilled summer veggies. But during the winter, I’m struggling with it a little bit more.
That being said, the food we did eat was legen-wait-for-it-dary. This was my favorite meal from the week: Brussels sprouts greens (who knew you could eat them? I didn’t before my CSA.), sautéed with bacon, garlic, onions, and red pepper flakes. Then mixed with roasted Yukon gold baby potatoes and white beans. So. Yum.
Earlier in the week, my issue with dinner was SUGAR. I needed dessert. Had to have it. Wanted to eat it all. Dinner wasn’t dinner without dessert at the end. So I kept tipping over my calorie budget because of my “right” to eat something decadent at the end of the day. Once Ash Wednesday came ’round, and dessert was gone, I suddenly found myself hitting my calorie goals pretty consistently. I really need to get back to the place where dessert is an every-now-and-again kinda thing. And if I want something sweet, a piece of fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate is where to go. My microwave cakes rock, but they do not need to be made daily.
How to improve next week: I need to be tracking my food before I eat. It doesn’t do me any good if I find out after I’ve already eaten dinner that I’m over by 400 calories. Every morning this week, I’d like to go ahead and pre-track my food for the day, and then make adjustments as things change during the day.
Gosh, guys, I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people who wants to workout. Or likes it. Or craves it. Or needs it. I could literally go the rest of my life and never workout again without feeling any emotion other than pure guilt—because I know I should be workout out. I get so jealous when I see people who love working out. I just. Can’t even imagine.
So, as you can guess by that little tirade, I barely moved this week. At the beginning of the week, I used the excuse that I had a minor cold, but the truth is, I could have worked out through it without an issue. And at the end of the week, my only excuse was laziness.
But! There is hope! Yesterday, I took to Twitter and ask all my followers to help me get motivated to workout, and dude, y’all rock.
I really need to remember the impressive motivation tool that is my social media friends. I pretty much immediately when and changed into my UA capris and went downstairs to do a Valentine’s Day workout. Nothing Valentine’s Day-y about it other than the hearts I drew on the white board.
So, the short story is: one workout this week. But! It was a really good one and a great way to end the week, I think! And today, I promise you, I’m going to get on that treadmill again. Promise.
How to improve next week: I need to get into a workout routine. I keep getting in the habit of saying “Oh, I’ll do it after I finish this.” and then “this” becomes this and that and that and this and that and before I can get my workout in, it’s bedtime. My goal for next week: every workout is in before 10am.
I’m doing really well with hydration again. It’s funny how when your body gets used to drinking water, when you go without it for even just a few minutes, you feel so incredibly dehydrated so quickly (because your body isn’t retaining water anymore so it “expects it” from an outside source). Because of this, I’ve started taking my water bottle pretty much everywhere with me. Into the grocery store. Down to the garden. From the kitchen to the TV room to our bedroom to the living room. If it wasn’t so darn big and heavy, I’d hang it around my neck for easy transport.
How to improve next week: No improvement needed. I’m doing awesome! Just keep on keepin’ on.
Starting Weight: 272 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 235.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 232.4 lbs
This Week’s Loss: –2.6 lbs
Well, during traveling last week, I gained almost 3 1/2 pounds, but I’m happy that I dropped almost 2/3 of that this week. By the end of next week, I should be back on track. Granted, this means that, unless I happen to lose a limb at some point in the next three days, I won’t be winning my DietBet. The extra cash would have been nice, but I’m not too upset about it. 4% of my body weight in four weeks would have been a stretch during a normal month, let alone one that had a week of traveling slotted into it. Plus, I’m down 4.4 pounds from my starting DietBet weigh-in, which, in my books, is a victory! That’s more than a pound a week. Woohoo!
How to improve next week: Don’t lose momentum now that the DietBet is done. I don’t have the discretionary cash to throw at another DietBet, but I’d love it if that kind of motivation continues (for free). I need to keep reminding myself that my health, confidence and happiness is just as much (if not more) motivation than some extra cash.