Hola! The last two weeks were quite successful. I had a loss both weeks. More so the second week with 4.6 lbs. But don’t count out my loss of .6 lbs the week before. Every little bit counts.
Why did I have such a large loss? Surely you know the answer by now. Because I tracked! I tracked and I stayed within my daily points each day. Well, each day except for Saturday. Saturday, I did go outside of my healthy point range. However, I ran a race in the morning, attended a friend’s son’s bday party and did stay within my weeklies. I was ok with stepping out of the healthy point range for a single day.
Remember, it’s important to live while losing. We have to be able to enjoy times with our friends and family. We just need to learn how to not go overboard. Such as I have been off and on the past several months. Clearly, I am still learning this. lol
Which brings us to this week. I feel this week is a crucial week for me. I am, yet again, back down to my “only 7 lbs to go” weight. I’ve been here before and always turn around and gain 5-7 lbs. The cycle has occurred too many times that I’ve lost rack. At least 3, maybe even 4 or 5.
This week is Month End at work. Remember I’m in Accounting. Month End always means long hours and usually a lot of stress. The long hours, combined with me not meal planning, often leads to me making poor food choices such as picking up fast food on the way home or ordering something unhealthy from the diner downstairs. The stress causes me to turn to chocolate a lot. The candy bowl upstairs becomes my best friend and my worst enemy. It never tells me no. lol
I do not want to go through the cycle another time. Contrary to what some might believe, I really do want to get to Lifetime. If I’m not careful, I can easily gain weight this week. Therefore, I’m being careful. This time around, I’m trying to make smart choices. I made a batch of Taco Chicken. You know when you cook chicken with salsa and taco seasoning in the slow cooker then mix in black beans and corn. It’s a yummy yummy 0-1 point meal. I also picked up some Ole flour tortillas, the ones that are 1 point each. As well as some shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. For my other meal (by now you should know that I typically prepare 2 meals each week and will eat one or the other for lunch and dinner throughout the week), I made tuna salad sandwiches to eat with a boiled egg and some fresh fruit. I was going to eat the sandwich with chips but forgot to add them to my grocery list causing me to forget to pick them up when shopping. I decided that I don’t need them. I have the points for them and I do love me some chips. But the fruit and egg are nice side dishes and combined with the sandwich will fill me up.
Both are low point meals and both are sitting at work for me. Yes, at work. Fortunately, we have multiple fridges at work and there is room for me to keep it all in one. This way my lunch is already there and so is my dinner for those late nights. I’m not sure if this is will power, not having much stress yet or because I went all of last week, except for the bday party, without sweets, but I have yet to visit the candy bowl. Woohoo!
Fingers crossed I can keep this up for the remainder of the week.
I keep telling myself that if I’m good this week, I should see a loss. Hopefully, that loss will be 2-3 lbs and I can say that I am within 5 lbs of Goal. Surely then, I will be motivated to keep going. I would have gotten past this terrible stretch of the 7 lb monster and will be so close to Goal.
I’ve been thinking about why I haven’t reached Goal yet. It’s definitely not because I don’t want to. In fact, I think it’s just the opposite. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve lost 40 lbs. 40 lbs! And I have kept it off. Even with my 7 lb roller coaster the last several months, I’ve kept it off. This is huge! This shows me that I can keep the weight off this time. So many times in the past, I have not. This time I can. I’m proud of the way I look. Sure I want to get down one more size in my jeans. But I look pretty damn good in the ones I have on now. It makes me not so much in a hurry to lose that last little bit. I’m ok where I am.
When you first start losing, you have so much that you want to lose. When you start seeing results, you are eager to see more. It’s like you are becoming a new person. I felt it. I feel it now. I don’t think I’m the same person I was 40 lbs ago. I look different. I feel different. I can do so much more physically. I’m in a better place mentally. I love the new me. And I don’t foresee that much of a change after losing another 7 lbs and reaching Lifetime.
In a way, I already feel like I’m there. =)