30 Day Shred
Good news for a change – I lost 7.6 pounds this week! I’m so excited and for more reasons than just the weight loss. I (re)-taught myself that just because I have one bad day doesn’t mean the next day has to be ruined. I actually had what I consider to be two bad days this week but the next day both times I stopped myself and got back at it. Definitely a good lesson to re-learn! And probably the most positive thing to come out of the week was I feel like I finally have found my motivation again. It has been gone for so freakin’ long I can’t even remember the last time I was truly motivated, especially to do what it takes to lose weight. But I would say around Thursday or Friday it finally hit me that I was gonna do it this time. I am going to stick to a healthier lifestyle, and I am going to shed these 100 pounds.
I don’t feel comfortable sharing my weight on here just yet because I am mortified by the number. But yes, after the 7.6 pound loss this week I officially have 100 more to go to get to what I believe my goal weight is. Although that’s kind of an illusive number I have in mind at this point since I have been overweight for so many years. I have to wait and see what looks good on me now. I don’t want to be skinny and I don’t want to feel like I have to diet the rest of my life to maintain my final weight. I just want to feel good about myself again, be healthy, and look fit/lean. So as I start dropping the L-B’s I will see how I feel as I go and stop when I feel I have reached my healthy weight. We shall see!
This week I only worked out two days. Both day’s were good hard work outs (one for nearly 2 hours and one for 45 min), but I really want to see myself putting in at least 30 minutes 6 days a week. So that is definitely still a work in progress. I haven’t quite got the work out addict bug this time yet. For now I’m sticking to jogging/walking, the elliptical, 30 Day Shred video, & P90X Ab Ripper X video. I’m sure I will shake it up as I go, but this is a good start until I build up any kind of endurance again.
As far as eating goes, I’m just counting my calories and cutting back. I am using the My Fitness Pal app on my phone which is super helpful. I can track my calories, exercise, water intake, weight, measurements, etc. all on there. My favorite thing about it is that it has a barcode scanner so you don’t have to enter every single food item’s nutrition info in. You just scan the barcode and it pulls up all of the nutritional values…huge time saver! For now I am trying to stick to around 1,300 calories per day give or take. I’m drinking tons of water, no more diet soda, and am cutting back on alcohol. We haven’t been eating out more for budget reasons than anything, but I see us trying to cook at home as much as possible for a while still. I am taking 1/2 of a Phentermine pill some days for now until my stomach shrinks a bit. And I did fast one day during the week which I am happy to say the weight that I lost from the fast has remained off.
I don’t have any major great recipes to share this week. But I did try one new thing that I will pass along that both Skyler and I really liked. I made chicken salad sandwiches for lunch one day but instead of using mayo I used hummus. I added in what I normally would for chicken salad: dill pickles, diced onion & bell peppers, garlic salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, etc. If you mix one can of chicken with 1/2 C of hummus plus all your other add in’s, then 1/3 of it (plenty to make a full sandwich) is only 183 calories. Much less than it’s mayonnaise counterpart recipe! I topped mine with a thick slice of tomato on low calorie whole wheat bread and served with sliced fruit for a well balanced, low calorie lunch. Yippee!
Wish Me Luck…
So that’s it for week one. I plan to do these diet updates on Sunday’s since I’m weighing in on Saturday’s. If they bore you, sorry…you can just skip over them. They are more for me anyway. Here’s to another week of healthy eating and hopefully more exercising…