Day Two…

I had a great breakfast this morning! It was 1 cup of nonfat greek yogurt, 1 cup of berries and 16 grams of mixed nuts sprinkled on top. I was creamy, sweet, and had a nice crunch. Now I feel very satisfied and am curious to see how long that feeling lasts into the afternoon. I was pretty hungry so didn’t stop to take a picture. Next time.

Summertime sunset over the pit July 2019

I’m thinking a lot about how to be more strategic when planning out my meals. My thinking with breakfast was that the mixed nuts would add some fat and additional protein, while the yogurt offered both protein and calcium, while the berries would help with absorption, fiber, Vitamin C, and folic acid (that develops new cells). I’m not a dietician but I like to read about nutrition and learning new things helps me to stay engaged. The point is to be aware and to try to plan meals that give me a greater bang for my buck.

Still have not delved into my creative outlet and that changes this week!

In case you were wondering I did weigh in and I did gain over the past two weeks. I’ve decided to just be happy where I am right now. I am feeling good about myself and I’m going with that. I am very motivated to get back to goal and Lifetime status, and my journey looks shiny and new to me right now. I started to write that I can’t do anything about my past choices, but that isn’t entirely true. I can think back on what I did and why I did it in an effort to learn. How? I plan on doing some journaling to explore this more deeply than this platform would allow. I’ll share what I discover.

I think my big challenge this week is to keep these positive feelings going. Maybe the way to do that is to engage with any negativity that comes my way. What I mean is this, when I eventually feel the pull of my old habits I want to consider what happened right before, to name what I’m really feeling, and to make a plan for what I will do to get out of the funk. It’s easy to write this plan, it’s harder to act on it in those darker moments. I’ll try, and it would help me to know that you’re out there trying too. We can do this together.

Day Four Hundred-Two…

Sadly, I did not make goal:

October 13, 2018
Some images from the week: my neighbor’s house all decked out for fall; revenge of pumpkin baked goods a constant temptation of fall; a beautiful sunset I snapped during a walk with Sadie and my hubby; an early morning spin class (still proud of that); the hole in a fence a big dog like to stick out his nose and park at Sadie (they got a new fence probably saw me snap this picture).

I am feeling frustrated, and no one would understand unless they have been on this side of weight loss struggle. It’s a productive struggle though, I am improving the quality of my life, and making long-lasting changes. This is true, but this is also true – enough already! I went to the movies last night and ate an apple and some carrot sticks! It’s not as though I’ve been slacking.

So, what’s a girl to do? Turn to her friends! I went to my “workshop” this morning and it turns out I’m not the only frustrated member this week. There were at least five people who could share in my feelings of frustration. It does help to see others who are working the program and are in a similar situation.

So, I shared my feelings and then I listened.  Now I have a plan for the week:

  1. Prepare meals and foods ahead of time. Know what you’re going to eat.
  2. Track everything, if you eat it you track it no matter how big or small.
  3. Acknowledge all that you’ve accomplished and be kind to yourself.
  4. Switch up foods don’t just revert back to the same old foods.
  5. Build up meals with zero point foods around an item with points.
  6. Set an activity goal for the week, and work towards keeping it.
  7. Share how you’re feeling with others.
  8. Pay attention to your actions, think about why you do what you do.
  9. Use the “Quick Add” feature to write something that you look forward to every day.
  10. Keep looking for beauty every day no matter how busy you get.

 

This came in the mail and it was an unexpected early delivery! This was something I was looking forward to: