Welcome back to my 12 weeks series. Each week, for 12 weeks, 18 other bloggers and I are telling our stories on how we are getting healthy & fit. My goal is to lose at least 20 pounds during this time period. Week 1, I gave up soda and lost 6 pounds. I just ended week 2 and it’s a bit of a different story.
To read the previous posts in the series, you can go to the following links:
Kick Off – Sidetracked by Weight Loss
Week 1 Results – How I Lost 6 Pounds in One Week
I began week 2, being so happy that I lost so much in the week before. Week 2, the weight wasn’t falling off quite as quickly. I could tell it at the beginning of the week. The scale just wasn’t budging much. (Yes, I tend to weigh in a little too often…to see how I’m doing). I found I was wanting to eat more breads and carbs. I was craving my easy to eat breakfast cereal. I was running out of fruits and vegetables. Smoothies were a hassle. Salads were a hassle. Wow, how quickly I was losing my motivation! We also had some extra activities that didn’t help at all.
We had a football game for my son in a town 2 hours away.
We had a wedding to attend, complete with an unlimited buffet and cake!
AND THEN, the most stressful thing of the week happened.
My Father in law collapsed at the end of the wedding reception and ended up being taken by helicopter to a nearby larger hospital. I was awake for 32 hours! By the morning after the emergency, I was ready for some serious caffeine. I’m NOT a coffee drinker. I can handle tea, but it doesn’t seem to pack a big enough punch for me when I’m desperate. So, I did it. I reached for the Dr. Pepper. I sat in the cafeteria of the hospital and drank it until I felt better. I drank it throughout the day until I was finally able to get some sleep.
I failed at giving up soda! or did I? I consider it a setback. We all have them. We are not always perfect all the time. The question is, do you give up entirely because you enjoyed one too many sodas? Do you decide that since you ate that cookie, you are done dieting? The answer is a wholehearted NO! If you fail once, dust yourself off and keep going. Just because I ended up drinking it again, doesn’t mean that I’m going to keep drinking it. Now that I’m going to be rested again, I won’t be drinking it any more, unless it’s a special occasion. I had started this journey, not even sure that I was giving it up completely. I’m still doing way better on my habits than I was before. I’m being more intentional in my food choices and that’s what this is all about!
I had plenty of successes this week:
I met my husband for lunch once this week and instead of having fries and a soda with my sandwich, I had a side salad and unsweetened iced tea. This is a huge accomplishment for me! My mindset is changing. I’m starting to realize that I can deny myself some foods and still enjoy life.
I exercised more than the week before. I did my T-tapp video twice, went walking a couple of times and did some tiling of a floor, which actually made my legs sore from all the up and down off the ground!
I’m still not meeting all the goals that I mentioned on the first day, but I’m OK with that. I’m a big fan of slow and steady so that my changes aren’t too drastic and causing me to want to give them up completely.
I did not officially weigh in this week. I normally always weigh in first thing in the mornings on Sundays. I was sitting in a hospital waiting room this morning, so I couldn’t do it. I “think” I’m down a pound, but I’m going to wait and weigh in next week to report official results. Hopefully it will be good news!
I didn’t get a picture of the week, so I thought I’d share one that my husband and I (plus 3 kids) took at the photo booth at the wedding we attended. In the picture, you will find my husband and I our 15 year old, 3 year old and 1 year old. Our middle girls were busily creating their next costume for the picture. Yes, we look extremely goofy. That was the point! Too bad we could only see my 3 year old’s hat most of the time. Whoops.
P.S. My Father in law is very blessed to be alive! After a scary Ventricular Fibrillation (where his heart stopped beating as it should), he was revived by using chest compressions, CPR and finally by shocking his chest with the defibrillator. He’s still in ICU at the hospital but is expected to be OK after having a pacemaker placed tomorrow. Your prayers are appreciated!
Are you interested in following the results of the other 18 bloggers? Click on the picture below to learn about their plans and how they’re doing! Have you been joining in but not blogging about it? Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing!