This week was fantastic! I was focused all week and it paid off. If you remember last week, I had a gain of 6.2 lbs. (Ok I think I told you guys around 4 lbs because I was wearing heavy clothing and normally wear exercise clothes. Thus I was estimating that 2 of the 6.2 was due to the heavy clothing.) This week was the exact opposite with a loss of 6 lbs. You read that right, 6 lbs!!!
What was different this week?
Well, do you remember how last week I said I had gotten 3 ideas from one of my WW meeting’s? One was to change my attitude, set a goal and I would see success. I did just that. Part of changing my attitude was working in my Bullet Journal last Monday. I was setting up my new 2018 journal and in doing so needed a new Word of the Year. Each year I have a different one. For 2018, I decided on FOCUS. Working on my Word of the Year page did wonders for working on my attitude. I was feeling more positive and began letting go of being hard on myself. You can’t change the past. You can only work on the present and plan for the future.
Part of my planning was setting some goals for myself for the next week and month. Obviously, I wanted to track everything I ate but I also wanted to drink at least 64 oz of water. I came up with my meals on Monday and even cooked two of them – Ham and Cheese Quiche (8 pts) and Detox Immune Boosting Chicken Soup (1 pt). Recipes to come for both.
After changing my attitude and setting a goal, I surely did see success! So happy!! It was just what I needed. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the new year. BTW I’ve been drinking at least 70 if not 80 oz of water each day.
Another idea was to purchase perky pencil stickers as encouragement for tracking each day. I haven’t purchased the stickers but I did track all my meals including my non-meals. Tracking was the important part of this.
The week was a stressful one at work. I tend to lean toward chocolate and other sweets when I’m stressed. I did this on Thursday, 12 points worth to be honest. Yes, over half of my daily points. But my meals were low enough, I had my Detox Immune Boosting Chicken soup for both lunch and dinner that day, 1 point each, so I was had a little wiggle room left for the chocolate. Woohoo!
I even made sure to track any drinks that I had. My sister’s birthday was Friday. We met up for a movie and had a drink while doing so. A couple more the next day after our Freezin’ for a Reason drive. Crown and Diet warms you up real nice!
If you are going to track, you have to track everything. Otherwise, it isn’t going to do you much good. When I’m tracking, I take it very seriously.
The third idea was my own personal Blue Dot Challenge. I can say that week 1 was a huge success. I received a blue dot every day!
I was a little nervous on Saturday night. After the 8 point quiche for breakfast, chili for lunch and 2 Crown and Diet’s, I only had 1 point left for the day. To receive a blue dot, technically that meant I had 6 available. My sister and I, after having hung out all day, decided on Mexican for dinner. I wasn’t 100% what I was going to do but I knew I’d come up with something. My first thought was fajitas but decided to go with a Fajita Taco Salad. This way I would also have some lettuce to help fill me up. Chicken, peppers, onion, lettuce…all zero points. I can definitely work with that. I figure they cooked everything in oil. Of course I don’t know how much oil but estimated a tablespoon and counted the dish as 4 points.
4 points? I know, you’re thinking I’m conveniently forgetting about the toppings. I asked for no cheese and I don’t like sour cream though that would have been zero too. Ok, what about the shell part of the taco salad you ask? I didn’t touch it. Look, here’s proof of both the no cheese and the no shell.
I did add salsa but salsa is zero points. So 4 points for my meal and I get my blue dot. Yay!!
Sometimes you have to think outside the box but it’s doable. I didn’t feel deprived and I was able to enjoy my sister’s company. Win Win
After this morning’s meeting, I ran my first race of the year. Let me set this up for you a bit. It’s been cold here. The race, The Hangover Race, was supposed to take place last Monday on New Year’s Day. However, it was postponed due to the very low temperature’s we had. I believe that day we went negative. The temp today was around the low to mid 30’s. Not bad. I’ve ran a few races in that temp range and survived. However, it started raining on my way to the race. Fear set in that the sidewalks would be icy plus I surely didn’t want to be rained on in that temperature. I was beginning to think I’d pick up my packet and just head home. Fortunately, the rain turned to a drizzle. I decided I can do this. I hadn’t been in the gym all week. Remember, the stressful week at work? That also meant long hours. I tend to not go to the gym if I have to work late. So I wasn’t prepared physically, it was cold and there was a drizzle. I didn’t have high hopes with a good time. In fact, my goal was to finish in 45 minutes. That is 9 minutes slower than the last race I ran on Thanksgiving.
I did it! My official time was 42 minutes and 2 seconds!! I did quite well the first mile running faster than I do when on the treadmill at the gym. But then I slowed down a lot. Oh well! It’s done. I finished! It just means the next race will be easier to improve my time. =)
I came home and made myself a healthy treat – Banana Split with Yogurt. Banana (0 pts), Strawberry Cheesecake flavored Light & Fit Yogurt (2 pts), strawberries & pineapple (0 pts) and 1/2 a granola bar crushed up (3 pts) = 5 pts. It was yummy!
Honestly, I think this would even be good for breakfast. I might have to give it a try sometime.
As you can tell, it was a good week. I’m planning on making this next one good as well. On the menu is Turkey Chili (now only 5 pts) and Cajun Shrimp & Sausage (Chicken Sausage) Veggie Skillet. I haven’t figured out the points on this one yet but the only thing that will count is the chicken sausage so I’m estimating it to be low.
Lifetime here I come!