I’m sorry I haven’t posted much this week. I have been sick, and we also have my grandmother’s funeral today. I wish the reasons were more fun, unfortunately that’s just not the case for us this week.
On to everyone’s favorite part of the week. (Except maybe mine)
It’s time for Get Skinny Saturday! This is the part where I put my weight on the internet for the whole world to see, and we watch it go down (hopefully) together.
What I did this week:
-I bumped up my exorcize a tiny bit. I still did 15-20 minute YouTube videos 6 days this week, but on Monday I found 3 separate times to do this video. (You walk the equivalent of a mile in 15 minutes, but you do it in your living room.) I did it once in the morning and twice in a row after I put Penny to bed, while Edie was out with the older kids at their activities. So, technically, I completed a 5K on Monday because I walked 3 miles, right? Just say yes.
-I really limited all drinks except water. I did have some tea with lemon and honey when I was sick and I think I had 1/2 a glass of soda once. (possibly twice)
-I didn’t eat anything after dinner on most nights
-I ate approximately one million caramel candies while visiting my grandfather. (Actually, I think it was eight. Or ten. Or twelve. Who’s counting?)
-I snacked on walnuts and cashews during the day. (Until my kids were home for the fifth day, thanks to all the snow, in a row and ate ALL the food.)
-I had a physical done because we are updating our life insurance policies. I think it’s important to note that the scale the nurse weighed me on was SIX POUNDS lower than our scale here at home. Of course, I’d like to think that hers is the more accurate one, but I’m going to keep using the numbers from ours because otherwise that would be cheating.
-We still ate out for dinner twice. I had an apple walnut salad and turkey chili from Panera Bread and a burrito bowl from Chipotle with chicken and brown rice. But I did make more of an effort to cook at home.
-My biggest change this week was probably lunches. Before I started this challenge, I would sometimes not eat lunch at all, sometimes I’d eat things my kids discarded- like half-eaten PB&J and goldfish crackers, and sometimes I’d just grab fast food on the way home from pre-school drop-off. This week I ate baked potatoes for lunch a few days and I had a package of Green Giant mixed vegetables for lunch on other days. Some days I made mini “pizzas” for lunch with Triscuits, organic pasta sauce, and cheese.
-I made homemade rolls with my sourdough starter.
-I ordered heirloom seeds for a new vegetable garden so that in a few weeks-probably the end of February or beginning of March- we can start sprouting them inside.
-I’ve been very into only using organic whole wheat flour, which I grind myself here at home, and substituting honey for white sugar.
-It’s been 3 weeks. I finally reached the point where I’m not craving sugar anymore. I will still indulge in a whole fruit popsicle or a handful of chocolate chips for dessert a couple times a week, but I no longer feel like I need something sweet at the end of every meal.
-I realize doing it by myself helps. I’ve always started diets with my husband in the past, and then I would get frustrated because it was so much easier for him. (Why does he get to lose 5 pounds in a week when I only lose .5 and I eat better? So unfair.) You would think it would work the other way and it would help to have a buddy, but for me, it’s the opposite. I like going at my own pace and not having any competition.
-I wish I would have taken measurements of myself before I started. I feel like I am losing inches faster than weight, which is probably true, but I guess we’ll never know.
And now for the weigh-in:
That is a 1.2 pound loss from last week and a 3.6 pound loss over the past three weeks. Remember we started at 180.2 earlier this month. My goal is a 1-2 pound loss per week, so I am satisfied. My end goal is to lose 40 pounds. If I lose 1 pound a week, I should get there be the end of October. (Maybe even by my 30th birthday, which is in mid-September?) We’ll see. I’m not going to beat myself up over a time frame, but I really would like to hit that goal before my birthday. I feel like the weight will probably come off faster in the warmer months when we aren’t trapped in the house, we are eating more food from our garden, we are outside doing physical activities taking care of the property, and we can take advantage of our new pool.
Now, what about you? Did you make any small changes this week?