accountability update #6
Happy Friday, friends! It’s hard to believe that I’m already on my sixth week of sharing my accountability updates with you guys. I absolutely love sharing these updates. I find that knowing they are coming up each week really helps keep me on track. I hope you guys are liking this little peek into my healthy (and not so healthy) choices each week.
If you could see me right now, you’d see I was brushing my shoulders off, because I rocked it this week. Totally. Rocked. It. I feel like I’m finally falling into a nice, solid work-from-home routine where I can fit in almost everything I want to accomplish in a day. Heck, even my kitchen has stayed clean this week. Miracle.
The next time I feel myself slipping with my food, all I need to do is pop in one of the countless food documentaries out there, and my resolve is automatically strengthened. I watched Hungry for Change earlier in the week, and while it didn’t really provide me with any new information, it did 100% reaffirm my decision to eat a whole foods diet. Like most documentaries, it was pretty overdramatic (like saying white flour and white sugar is the same as heroin and cocaine and should be regulated so), but apparently overdramatic really resonates with my internal drama llama. I had no interest in anything other than whole foods all week-long. Propaganda works, kids!
In related victories news, I’ve also managed to go nine whole days without any sugar since I gave it up for Lent. And even beyond that, I haven’t even tasted a single drop of all the maple syrup we’ve been producing this week. Not a drop! That’s impressive, right? I think Easter morning breakfast might have to be pancakes with some of this golden deliciousness.
I did struggle with two food areas this week. First up, the balance between eating locally and eating healthfully. Right now is serious slim pickin’s time in the local food arena. We’re getting some greens in our CSA, but mostly were getting lots of meat, lots of starches and lots of canned foods. In my ideal world, I would eat 100% seasonally. But, the truth is, I feel my best when I’m eating a wide variety of foods—including fruits and veggies that aren’t in season in this area right now. I just couldn’t handle another meal of meat and potatoes, so I buckled this week and went to the big shiny supermarket and loaded up a cartful of fruits and veggies. I’m hoping we wont have this issue next February because we’ll have enough veggies canned and frozen to get us through until spring. But for now, I’m totally blissed out eating my tomatoes and avocados and peppers.
The second area I struggled with—tracking. Have I mentioned how much I despise calorie counting? Gosh, do I hate it. And actually, watching Hungry for Change had me hating on it even more. The movie talked so much about how we manipulate our bodies to lose weight and how if you eat the right things and do the right things, your body will regulate, no need to count anything. In my heart, I want to believe that. But logically, I know that I have an issue with portion size. And eating too much of even the best for you food is still too much food. And the only way for me to conquer that is to be accurate (and accountable!) for how much I’m eating. Which means measuring and tracking.
How to improve next week: Keep eating what I’m eating, but make sure I’m tracking it.
This result is almost 100% due to Coach Krissie from Committed Coaching. She saw my cry for help on Twitter last week and asked if I wanted to use her accountability services to keep me on track with workouts. She asked me to make a workout plan for the week, and then in a non-judgy, non-pushy way, she checks in on my workout days to make sure I’m not playing hookie. It has been totally working for me.
With Krissie’s gentle nudges, I did a full 90-minute Bikram session on Saturday, I did a kettlebell workout on Sunday, I did another kettlebell set and some incline walking on Wednesday and I did incline walking yesterday. That’s four workouts. FOUR. Boom! I know that’s nothing for fitness fanatics, but I am so proud of that! Woohoo!
How to improve next week: Make a plan and stick to it. Keep in mind that every workout doesn’t have to be a two-hour experience, a short burst of 20-30 minutes of exercise works, too.
Again, I’m rockin’ hydration. I’m hitting my goals everyday (of at least 10-8 ounce glasses). I do feel my best when I drink a little more than that (12ish works well) so I’d love to hit that, but I’m cool with 10. 10 is a good number. I’ve also been drinking a lot of water with lemon or lime juice. So refreshing!
How to improve next week: I’m doing great at home, but I really need to snag a smaller water bottle that fits well into my purse to keep my hydration going while I’m out and about.
Starting Weight: 272 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 232.4 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 230.1 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -2.3 lbs
Things are starting to move pretty consistently in the right direction, and I’m feeling great about it. Cutting out sugar has been a huge help. Sugar is definitely one of my biggest reasons for gaining weight (that, and pizza!) so having that aspect cut out will really help the scale move in the right direction.
How to improve next week: Keep on keepin’ on. Go figure, exercise + healthy eating + staying hydrated = weight loss. Who knew? Oh wait. That’s right. Everyone.