Goal for July: Not reached

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Ugh. Well, I probably could have reached my goal for July. I had set a goal to lose 20lbs for this month. I lost about 16. I could have lost the 20, but here’s why I didnt:

1. I switched diets halfway. This is probably the biggest factor. I switched because I felt myself craving typically normal foods, with carbs or not, all the time. If my body wants a food that terribly bad, than I need to reconsider why I am not allowing myself to have it. So I switched diets. This SLOWED my metabolism a great deal. Adding carbs back into your diet is tough. All I felt like doing is sleeping and pooping, no lie. Maybe carbs arent that good for us….

2. I cheated, more than once. After I switched diets, I cheated. For an entire weekend I ate. bad idea. I did get back into the swing of doing things right, however, I now had extra weight to lose. GRRR.

3. I had planned on upping my exercise routine. However, with a heat index of 110 most days in July, I was not able to get the kind of exercise I wanted. Rollerblades stayed stagnant. I didnt walk. I didnt ride my bike. Ugh. Stupid heat.

Excuses, excuses! In the past month, however, I have learned a few things. I found a new website that boasts AMAZING recipes that utilizes healthy eating. Every day this week I have been making meals, snacks, and desert from recipes on this site.  Every item is amazing! I wouldnt need to eat “bad” with these substitutes! I am very excited for August, and I am hoping that the heat will not cause me to slow down. I am 46lbs down. I wanted to be 50. It’s ok. I will get there.

This is a journey after all!

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Changes are scary….

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For some reason, I decided to switch diets this weekend. I went from my safety zone of Atkins, knowing what to eat and what to expect, to switching to a version of weight watchers. When I say “a version”, it basically means that I follow some of the tenets of WW, but not all. For example, WW has a point limit per day with flex points for the week. I can choose to eat whatever crap I want as long as I am within their point system. Some people choose to eat healthy, but not all.

My version is eating healthy, trying to maintain low carb, and staying sugar free. It works for me, or so I hope. Starting tomorrow, I am off and running on this diet. Additionally, I will be increasing my exercise to a large extent. As a matter of fact, I am getting up at 5:30 am to work out. (ugh)

I am also increasing my water intake and decreasing my pop intake. Remember, I want to stop drinking pop by the end of the year!!!

Changes are scary to me, and I am worried that I may fail. I mean, if this is too difficult, I can always back up and retreat to atkins. I need the carb intake, however, to increase my exercise. I am hoping this works. As of today, I have lost 40lbs. I have 10 more to go to meet my goal for this month.

I can do this. 7 weeks in, and I am still doing well. I have given myself rewards, but not gone crazy. I am focused and strong. Every day I am one step closer to a healthier me!

BORED!

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I am getting so bored of eating on this diet! I want some variety!!! AH!

I eat the following:

Taco Salad( No taco shells or corn chips!)

Salad with Chicken, Asiago cheese, strawberries (Think Wendy’s Chicken Almond Berry Salad)

Turkey Burgers (No bun!)

Green beans

Celery

Peanut Butter

Sugar Free cookies and Jello

Meatballs (no spaghetti)

Hotdogs

Egg beaters

Sausage

cheese (in general)

strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries

AAAAAAAAnd that’s it. Ugh. So bored with this. I need to make it another two months before I add more carbs though. I can do it. My temptations are just REALLY strong right now, thanks to stress. Now that I’ve gotten this out, I already feel better.

Breaking Point?

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As of Monday, it will be 6 weeks since I stated dieting. 6 weeks of trying to be healthy, exercising and remembering when I used to feel good about myself. For some reason, this weekend has been exceptionally challenging for me. I seems as though every commercial on TV is talking about food! Mike is always running around the house putting some food into his mouth that I am not allowing myself to eat. I am craving pizza so badly, I can taste it. Literally.

As of this morning, I am officially down 37lbs. I can definitely tell a difference in my body (thank goodness), though not as I wanted. I was hoping to lose my “baby” weight (from being pregnant with Austin). Apparently, after having a c-section, every bit of fat that was at my waistline, fell below. That is ALWAYS the hardest area to lose weight too. I am currently losing all my weight in my chest, lucky me. Where is the balance?! I think I may start doing crunches like crazy!

At any rate, I am still going.

83 days until my brother’s wedding (Goal: 2 sizes down from start)

137 days until Thanksgiving (Goal: only drink one pop a day)

168 days until Christmas (Goal: 3 sizes down from start)

175 days left in 2011 (whoa, we just now passed the half-way point?! Goal: NO MORE POP!!!!!!!)

263 days until my birthday (Goal: 5 sizes down from start, at or within goal weight)

I think I need to step up my game. These all seem to be coming sooner than later!

Break is over, now back to work!

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This past holiday weekend, I decided to take a break from my dieting. In 30 days I had but one time “cheated”. The one time I cheated wasnt even significant enough to make any sort of difference or make me feel bad.

I went into this weekend thinking that I was going to keep on the diet. Mike then decided to order pizza, one of the things that I REALLY want when I am stressed and have missed dearly on my diet. So I ate. Then Sunday came- cookout with family. I ate again. I could have eaten on my diet, but there were these peanut butter fudge brownies I could not resist. I think I ate one every time I walked by.  After the fireworks, I stopped to get White Castle. Oh my goodness how I love White Castle! I felt like complete CRAP that night, but it was worth it. It reminded me of all the crap I should only eat one in a while.  I weighed myself this morning, worried that I had gained 10lbs in a day or two…. but no. I didnt gain a pound!

So, here I am starting month two. I am down 33lbs officially. My goal for this month is to lose 20lbs. Consistency is key. Of course, if I lose a larger amount, that’s fine too!! My other goal for this month is to exercise daily. I can do this!