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Progress Updates

21 Apr

I know I had said that during the thirty day challenge to focus on how you are feeling and what changes your are experiencing with your body; however, this weekend  I just had to take a peek at my progress.  Changes have been happening pretty quickly and I’ve been feeling great. The last time I had weighed myself was around late February.  At the time I was pushing the scale at 225.  Needless to say, that number reflected how I felt. I was miserable, unhappy with myself, and looking for change.

This weekend I had the opportunity to weigh myself again. I’ve stuck to the challenge (minus 1 cheat meal) and thought I would reward myself by looking at the scale.  I was astonished at the results I had seen despite physically being able to see such great results already.  I am 21 days in and I am already down to 205 lbs.  That is astonishing! I will say though that some of the weight loss could have come in the month since the last time I weighed myself to the start of the diet.  Either way, I am inching closer and closer to my goal of 175 lbs. My next big progress mark that I am hoping to hit is 190 lbs. That will mean I crushed across the 200 threshold which has been the big barrier my entire life.

I had hoped to have started getting up early to get a workout in as it has been completely impossible to workout at lunch or after work.  With a baby and house projects, there is just zero time to get any type of a workout in.  Today I was all set to get up at 5:00 a.m. but unfortunately my alarm just did not cooperate and the white noise from the baby’s sound machine completely drowned out the alarm. I won’t give up though and will try again tomorrow.

How is the progress on the goals you have set for yourself? Have you reached a plateau? What exactly are your goals?

5 Lessons Learned About Temptation

8 Apr

I’m not going to lie, with a new job and new temptations, this week was much harder than the first time I did a 30 day cleanse. Yesterday was the cap on the temptation wagon.  I had a training which meant tons of free food and some of the most unhealthy choices you could think at one buffet.  Breakfast was full of sticky buns, cinnamon rolls (with caramel and nuts), donuts, and bagels as far as the eye could see.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls.  Luckily for me, a little coffee with heavy cream has been my staple to help me get over the sweet cravings. I love my coffee and it helps to knock out the sweet tooth.

Lunch wasn’t much easier though I actually had options.  There was a smattering of meats including baked chicken, Italian sausage, meatballs, pasta with a meat sauce, corn, salad and a smattering of different dressings.   While I wasn’t able to ask about the ingredients in each of the dishes, I made the best choice I could going with chicken, sausage and a meatball with a side of salad topped with olive oil and vinegar.  While the meal was protein heavy, I kept the portions reasonable and it actually helped get me through the next temptation… FRESH BAKED COOKIES! I told you, they were throwing the whole gamete at me when the train arrived at temptation town.  All that being said, I did learn some valuable lessons when it comes to overcoming obstacles.

1. Always Keep Your Goals in Mind

It’s easy to give in, especially when others are there calling you crazy for not eating a cookie! Just keep in mind that the grass at the end of the tunnel is much greener than the grass on the other side of the fence.

2. Have a Go-To Temptation Squasher

For me, at the time, it was coffee with a little heavy cream. For you, it might be different. Having your own snacks on hand like almonds, carrots,  dates, or whatever you like. These snacks really can mean the difference between success and failure.

3. Ignore Others

Yes, others might make fun of you for your choices, but it’s simply because they don’t understand where you are coming from.  After I turned down the cookie, everyone at my table looked at me as though I had 3 eyes.  They then made a comment on how I had skipped out on breakfast as well. After explaining to them my situation and how I was trying to overcome some bad eating habits, they immediately warmed up and understood.

4. Best Available Options are Good

Was the food I was presented the healthiest I could have eaten? No! But, I would have had to travel several miles to get food on only a 30 minute break.  I did the best I could and used my food knowledge to make the best of what I was presented to me.  I actually don’t think I made too shabby a choice either.  Yes it was light on the veggies, but the salad did have carrots, cabbage, and olives while the sausage had really good spicy peppers. On top of that, the sausage was baked with a chicken broth base and the chicken was baked.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

I probably could have kicked myself for eating the meatball after remembering it was probably made with breadcrumbs. What good would that have done though? Most likely it would have caused me to doubt my decision making and push me right into eating the cookie after lunch.  By feeling a sense of pride, I was able to boost my own confidence and make a better decision when the cookies came around.

What are your tips for overcoming temptation? What is your biggest temptation? What would you like to see more of on this blog?

First to Go…

25 Mar

One of my biggest weaknesses is pop, soda, cola, Coke; whatever you want to call it, wherever you are from.  I don’t know why, but this has always been the one thing I’ve struggled with cutting from my diet.  I know it is incredibly bad for you and I’ve seen the positive affects from cutting it out completely.

Starting today, the soda is being nixed from my diet. I am no longer going to succumb to the temptation that is this sugary, carbonated beverage.  It has so many addictive qualities that make it very easy to come back to, especially in times of stress. It is sad to think that I’ve been drinking it for as long as I can remember and the countless number of empty calories that have flown through my body. No longer will that be the case. My goal will be to drink a solid 6 to 8 glasses of water a day along with my occasional coffee to stave off the caffeine headaches.  I’ve done it before and it will be done again. This time, hopefully for the long hall. I hope to never see another can or bottle touch my lips as long as I live.

What is your biggest diet weakness? How about other weaknesses like television? Do you have any tips for going cold turkey?

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