October Plan

My Healthy 30 kind of fizzled out at the end. But I made it 26 days!! For that, I am extremely proud. I lost 10 pounds, and am sitting at 242. I feel a bit bloated, so hope some of that is fluid retention.

I’ve learned I do better when I have a solid plan. So I need to go into October with some solid goals. I have decided I am basically going to do the same thing I did in September. My rules are here. The big difference is I am going to give myself 4 cheat days, to use when I feel I need them most. My cravings have subsided, so I should have a couple of weeks before I really want to use one. I also can’t use 2 cheat days in a row. This will force me to get back on track immediately.

I am hoping to lose another 10 pounds this month. Then another 5 before Thanksgiving. That will give me a total loss of 50 pounds, and I really want to hit that before going into the holidays. I’ll worry about holiday plans when they get a bit closer.

I have also been thinking I should get back to some sort of regular exercise. But I’m also realistic. I worked 55 hours last week, and will have similar hours through this entire month. I do enjoy my wii Biggest Loser program, so will look to see if it has an option for workouts just 3 days each week. And I’ll stick to the smallest time commitment as well. For now.

Here we go…onto October! What are some of your goals? Let’s crush them!

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Day 9: Feeling Awesome!

Seriously?! It’s already Day 9 of my 30 day challenge? Compared to when I did this last year, this is EASY! I can tell I have made significant diet changes over the past year, because this really hasn’t been hard AT ALL.

My main problem has always been evening snacking. But when I can’t eat cereal or toast or ice cream, the snacking basically goes away. Plus the added water helps to fill me up so any false hunger pangs aren’t there. I know I will have times when I struggle, but for now I will ride the waves of success!

My energy levels continue to increase. I am sleeping better and I am having an easy time getting up in the morning. I find that in itself somewhat miraculous. The past few years, a freight train couldn’t wake me up. Even if it did manage to stir me, it wouldn’t be enough to actually get me up and out of bed. I might need to get back to morning exercise… Hmm…

I am also in a better mood. Last night I came home from work and Marcus asked me why I was so happy. Ha!

This all proves to me that eating clean really does work! I feel great, and the weight is coming off. That’s not to say I won’t indulge in and thoroughly enjoy non-clean foods. But for these 30 days, they are off the menu. And they will definitely be enjoyed in moderation only once my Healthy 30 / Sugar Strike is over.

Here is today’s menu plan.

Breakfast – coffee with creamer and a chocolate strawberry smoothie

Lunch – romaine lettuce salad with boiled egg and cherry tomatoes from our garden (finally!)

Snacks – Greek yogurt and a banana with natural peanut butter

Supper – zucchini meatballs (still trying to perfect my recipe), watermelon and corn

Day 3: Just Say No

Yesterday was another successful day of my Healthy 30. I already feel better. My frame of mind is better and I have (a little) more patience with the kids. I have noticed when I eat bad, my moods and patience goes downhill FAST. The scale has also dropped and I’m getting closer to my lowest weight. I am excited to see a NEW LOW! That should happen sometime before my Tuesday weigh-in.

Today at work there are “birthday bagels”. I hate the quarterly birthday treats. I know it’s probably a gesture that is suppose to boost morale, but I still think it’s dumb. It’s usually junk food, and no one cares whose birthdays are being celebrated since they’re from the past 3 months. Anyway, I didn’t have one. I didn’t even go upstairs when everyone else was devouring their bagels. I have WAY too much work to do to be standing around doing nothing for 30 minutes. (So here I am blogging, I know… lol)

The kids are officially back to school. Cameron is in 2nd grade and really likes her teacher, even though she didn’t originally want her. Allison is in Kingergarten and will go every other day for a few weeks. I like how our school does this to ease them into going all day, every day. It’s a long day for a 5-year-old! And the girls start swimming lessons again this weekend. I am glad to be back to having a routine.

When I’m in my groove, I tend to eat the same things over and over, so I won’t share my meals every single day. Today’s plan is…
Breakfast – coffee with creamer, organic oatmeal
Lunch – romaine lettuce salad with tomato and a little dressing, greek yogurt
Snack – apple
Supper – sauteed red pepper and onion with scrambled egg
Evening snack – I might make a smoothie to get my ice cream fix…or maybe I’ll warm up some cut up apple sprinkled with cinnamon and a little coconut oil.

That’s enough of a break from work. Back to it so I hopefully won’t need to work much this weekend!

Day 1: How Bad Do You Want It?

Are you hungry?
Are you thirsty?
Is it a fire that burns you up inside?
How bad do you want it?
How bad do you need it?
Are you eating, sleeping, dreaming
With that one thing on your mind?
How bad do you want it?
How bad do you need it?
Cause if you want it all
You’ve got to lay it all out on the line

These are the words to one of my favorite Tim McGraw songs. It’s one of those that resonates with me, and my friend and I took it as a sign when he performed it last night at the Minnesota State Fair. He has a LOT of hit, so can’t play even a fraction of them. I had a great time and am very tired (and a bit cranky) today, but am still determined to succeed at my Healthy 30. “How bad do you want it? How bad do you need it?” I ask myself. I want it bad! I need it bad! I’m not really hungry today, so that helps. And I know I will feel better tomorrow after a good night’s sleep.

I am reluctantly sharing my starting weight. I haven’t divulged my actual weight here before, but I am going to “lay it all out on the line”. At only 5′ 2 1/2″ tall, my current weight of 252 pounds is a burden. Even though I am 25 pounds lighter than my heaviest, it is still too much. Last September I lost 13 pounds during my Healthy 30 (and I have kept it off), and am hoping for 15 pounds this time. I may have a couple of pounds of fluid retention, so that will only help to encourage me once it’s off.

Here are my personal rules for my Healthy 30:

September 3, 2013 to October 2, 2013
~ No obvious sugars, other than in my coffee. Coffee is limited to 3 cups per day.
~ No bread, pasta, crackers, cereal, etc.
~ No alcohol.
~ Limit yogurt to one per day. Limit other dairy products such as cheese.
~ Limit popcorn (air-popped) to once per week.
~ Drink lots of water! Aim for 128 ounces every day.

Here is today’s basic menu plan:

Breakfast – coffee with creamer, 1/2 banana. I wasn’t hungry, but knew I had to eat something.
Lunch – sautéed red pepper with scrambled eggs
Supper – taco salad
Snacks – probably a yogurt, and possibly some grapes or watermelon

I am also logging my food with MyFitnessPal. While I’m not focusing on calories right now, I want to have an idea of how much I eat with this plan. And ultimately, I want to make sure my calories, sugar, protein, etc and all in line with where they should be.

Time to get some work done while I can. Tomorrow is a big deadline day so things are BUSY! I’m behind on my blog reading, but want to make time to catch up a bit. I am so inspired by many of you, and I need to bottle up the motivation and carry it with me during this next month!

Now, here’s to hoping I can accomplish a lot while Kody naps this afternoon. And that I don’t nod off as well…

Tired of slow progress, even if it is progress

I am about 20 pounds lighter than I was this time last year. I should feel good about that, right? I do, but it’s not enough. Yes, I can feel some difference from when I was my heaviest. But lately I’m feeling more sluggish and heavy again. I’ve been getting lax on some of my diet choices. Too many crackers. Too much cereal. Too much ice cream. Still not as much as what I used to eat when I didn’t care at all, but still…it’s too much and isn’t doing me any favors.

Last September I did what I called a Healthy 30, which is my take on the Whole 30 program. I’m too lazy to look up links to Whole 30 right now, but you can easily google it to find out more. Anyway, my program was basically to cut out all obvious sugars, breads, pastas, etc. I made it 28 ½ days without cheating (although I wanted to many times). I felt AMAZING and I lost 13 pounds that month. No counting calories or anything!

I’m going to do it again. I have been really tired lately, probably in part due to my allergies that are kicking my butt. But I also know my food choices haven’t been the best, which always makes me sluggish. When I don’t fill my body with processed foods and added sugar, I feel so much better.

Plus, I REALLY want to get into the next pant size down and don’t want to buy any clothes before then. I will need a few things soon, so why not work to get to a smaller size before I make any purchases?

As of TODAY, I am going back on my Sugar Strike, aka Healthy 30. I have some plans with friends this coming weekend, so I know I won’t do perfect. But I can until then. And I can get back on track immediately after. Once my plans are over, I will do the full 30 days with no cheating. I’ve done it before and I can do it again.

I WILL do it again.

Weekly Weigh-in

I see a pattern emerging. I lose one week. I gain the next week. I’m not going to get my undies in a bunch over it. It’s how I am. As long as the overall trend is down, I am a happy camper.

My scale definitely needs to be replaced. It must be close to 20 years old, and while it still gives me a gauge on where I’m at, it is far from accurate. A new scale is on my wish list. How sad that I would love a new scale for Christmas! Haha!

Anyway, on to my weigh-in results so I can get back to work. It’s going to be a busy week!

Last week I gained 3 pounds. So if you look at my pattern, can you guess what happened this week? Yes, I lost! I lost those 3 pounds, plus 3 more! I am now down 31 pounds and am thrilled! I’m not sure I’ll meet my goal of losing 50 by the Tim McGraw concert Labor Day, but 40 (or maybe 45??) is a very reasonable goal. No matter what, I am moving in the right direction and that’s what matters most.

I am thrilled to be making progress!!

Challenging Day!

This has been a tough day, and it’s only 2:30!

I have been doing really, really well with my food choices. Today is proving to be quite a challenge. First, a co-worker brought in a bunch of cupcakes or muffins. She listed a bunch of flavors…chocolately yumminess, fruity yumminess…I tried not to pay too much attention to the email. Luckily the cafe where they are is up one floor and down a long hall. I don’t mind the walk at all, but I have to go out of my way to get there. It’s an easy place for me to avoid. So I have avoided it.

Then, hours later, the co-workers in my office started talking about said cupcakes. There were still plenty left and apparently pretty tasty. Mmm…drool…

Just as this conversation was taking place, my boss opened a package he received, and inside were cookies for my department. ARG! I politely declined, but then he placed the leftovers on a table where I see them every time I walk by. Okay, so these don’t really tempt me too much. They’re prepackaged and I know won’t taste the greatest so they aren’t worth it. But those cupcakes…

Instead, I am enjoying my snack of strawberries and blueberries…

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I think part of my problem today is that my time of the month is coming. I think. I hope. It must by why I’m craving all this unhealthy food. And with the BBQ tomorrow, I’m determined to stay on track today.

The hot weather is breaking. What a relief! I’m hoping to get out for a walk tonight when Marcus gets home. And again tomorrow morning before the BBQ. I have some steps to makeup since the past few days have included minimal movement.

Tonight could be tough as well. But I am going to STAY STRONG!!!!

Collar Bones & More

treatyouwellI feel like all the pieces are coming together for me lately. I am learning how to treat myself and my body. And lately, it is rewarding me with weight loss! It feels amazing to see the hard work start to pay off. I have taken the long road, but hope I have worked through my emotional issues and developed a strong core to build upon.

We are in a heat advisory here in southern MN. We don’t have any a/c, not even a window unit, so it is very warm in our house. After 8 1/2 years of this, my body has adjusted and it’s not as bad as it used to be. I still don’t like it though.

Since it is so hot, my steps are down right now. But I hope to make up some ground over the weekend when the weather improves. The hot weather also means I am craving more water, so getting 128 ounces each day is EASY! Sometimes I drink more.

This morning my 5-year-old daughter said to me “Mommy, you’re looking a little bit skinnier.” Wow! Kids are SO observant! That really made my day. And the fact that the scale dropped today and I was very surprised. Now I need to see if I can hold onto that number until my official weigh-in.

I haven’t been really sure what to do with my facebook page. I’m still not really sure, so my posting can be sporadic. But if you’d be so inclined, please like my page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Clean-Life-Body-Mind-Soul/154862474525731

Our new camera should arrive tomorrow. I will need to update my progress photos. I even found one of me at my starting weight. Yuck. It’s so gross. But in a way it’s nice to see because I can tell I am smaller.

Oh, and I am starting to see some collar bones. I had forgotten they were there. 😀

It’s a Great Day to be Alive!

Oh yeah! I LOVE this song! And it goes perfectly with my mood today.

We have clear blue skies, which reminds me of another song. I think I’ll share that one with you as well! We’re expecting a beautiful week of weather, which is long overdue. We still needs things to dry out. We haven’t planted our garden yet and it’s slowly dying on our steps!

I am feeling absolutely FANTASTIC! I am nearly 30 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight. Some of the things I’m noticing:

~I have more energy!
~It’s easier to put on socks and shoes.
~I can reach my toes easier, which means I can clip and paint my toenails more often.
~My knees don’t bother me as much.
~I am in a better mood.

I can hardly wait to get the next 10 pounds off! There is no going back now. This feels too damn good!

A few updates, and some BIG GOALS!

First I’ll start with a few updates.

Remember my possible phantom ankle pain that I wrote about here? I am ignoring it and going about my day, and it’s definitely not getting worse. It still aches a bit, but I have noticed very few shooting pains. I really think this has all been in my head.

My right foot has been bothering me more. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m really working on increasing my daily steps, or because I have been eating too many carbs and sugar (or both). But as of now, I am getting that under control. More on that in a bit.

I’m also working on keeping myself on task by scheduling exercise and chores for myself. I first wrote about it here. It is still going really well, although I admit I skipped my chore last night. I have decided I can have an off night once in a while. So tonight I have to do last night’s chore, which was cleaning our sliding door. This includes cleaning the glass, the track the door slides on, the vertical blinds (which I hate and want to get rid of…in due time…), and any cob webs in the vicinity.

The good part is I did my wii workout last night, even though I tried to come up with reasons why I could skip it. No reason was good enough, so I did it. And of course I felt better once I did it.

Now onto my goals. A friend of mine is in the mindset to get back on track as well. I won’t share a lot of details about her in case people we both know read this. But I’m already finding it extremely motivating that she’s ready. We’re talking about our diets and are both making a big effort to drink a lot more water. Yesterday I drank 114 ounces which is a big water day for me.

My friend and I LOVE Tim McGraw. We have seen him probably 15 times. Maybe more. I’ve lost count. We go every time he’s in Minnesota. I missed once because Kody was only a month old and I was recovering from a c-section. It was a hard decision, but it was the right one. Anyway, we’re going to see Tim again the first part of September. Just a few minutes ago, I set a goal that I want to be down 50 pounds by then. This is an absolutely huge goal, and one I will prove to myself I can do. I have 27 pounds to go. I lost 13 pounds last September when I gave up sugars, bread, etc, so I know it’s possible. Not easy, but possible. So as of RIGHT NOW, I am back on my Sugar Strike (except in my coffee, that is my ONE exception)!

I may also switch to weekly weigh-ins. I’m finding the shorter goals are working well for me right now.

This will in no way be easy. But I want to prove to myself I can do anything I put my mind to. I can do this! I will do this!