So… I’ve officially been on my new weight loss plan for a little over 4 weeks. It’s been a bittersweet time and has had it’s ups and downs. Literally.
Week 1: I lost 5.5 pounds
Week 2: Down 4.5 pounds
Week 3: Up 2 pounds
Week 4: stayed the same.
So… I was down a total of 8 pounds, all of which happened in the first 2 weeks. Not too exciting, but not horrible either.
I’m trying a new(ish) tactic, where I build in cheat days, trying to keep my metabolism guessing a little. On those cheat days, I eat whatever I want without overstuffing myself and I drink soda, too if I want to. That helps me feel like I’m not totally depriving myself the whole time. I can already tell that I do eat so much healthier as an overall whole, than I used to. I was getting into some seriously bad habits of snacking on sweets, carbs and soda any time I wanted to, without thinking of the consequences. The only problem was that those wants were getting more and more frequent. The desire for sugar seemed to be growing, the more I gave myself sugar.
My weight loss has definitely slowed like it normally does after the first 2 weeks, but I also think I was getting a little too comfortable with my cheat days. I let them happen more frequently than I should have. So now, going into the month of February, I’ll be more diligent about not cheating unless it’s the right day, rather than just deciding on a whim to have a cheat day, just because I wanted what everyone else was having. I’m going to be traveling to Breckenridge, Colorado for a ski trip this month, so I’m sure that the trip will be difficult on me. At least, I’ll probably burn a lot of it while I’m skiing.
Speaking of skiing… I also need to begin exercising more frequently. That will be my big push this month. I’m already in a 5k preparation group at our church, but that’s only once a week and I’m not running. I’m walking. I’m supposed to walk 2 more days a week, but sometimes I let that slip. I’m also planning to start the 15 minute T-tapp workout. When I do this workout regularly, I drop inches like crazy. In fact, I was just reading testimonials from last year’s T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge and saw where one lady lost over 50 inches from just doing that 15 minute video and some basic walking. Craziness! I’ll be starting the 60 Day Challenge again on the 20th of February. Feel free to join me.. after all, you can get away with just 15 minutes a day… and some consistency!
I’m getting a little bored with my food choices, so I’m going to have to get better about planning ahead and making more interesting food choices for myself. WoMan cannot live on smoothies and salads alone. I mean, I can, but I don’t want to. I really do love my smoothies, I just get hungry pretty quick, when I have them for breakfast. I do love salad, but definitely can’t do them as a meal every day.
So, this month, I plan to….
- Exercise at least 4x a week.
- Take Before Pictures… yeah… I totally forgot to do this!
- Eat at least 4 servings of veggies a day.
- Only drink a limited amount of soda on my off days.
- Only have 2 off days a week.
- Continue on my low carb/no sugar diet, on my “on plan” days.
- Start logging my exercise in “My Weight Loss Success Plan“
- Start the 30 Day Water Challenge in “My Weight Loss Success Plan“
- Laminate my Scripture and Motivational Cards in “My Weight Loss Success Plan“
- Lose 8 pounds!!