How are you faring on this most amazing autumn afternoon? I am sending good thoughts to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy and hope you’re getting power, heat and light back to your homes. I hear how difficult it has been out there, and you have my thoughts and prayers.
I am such a bad girl for not posting more recently, but I have gone through a bit of a tired/sick period the last week and needed some recuperation. Now I am feeling so much better. Thank you so much for writing to ask what had happened to me. I feel really bad thinking that I hadn’t updated my progress for some time.
It’s Monday, and you know what means: TOPS weigh-in! Weigh-in, in fact, for all of us. How did you do last week? Are you still hanging in there? Remember, you are worth the effort, so don’t give up.
Why do we weigh Mondays? Because it typically keeps people honest on the weekends, the most difficult days to stick to healthy eating and habits. I know without Monday weigh-ins, I’d probably be much more naughty. Thankfully, even though I was lax about updating you about me the last two weeks, I have worked really hard to keep climbing down the scale numbers.
I lost 5.50 pounds last week and 3.75 pounds the week before (I see I didn’t check in the last couple of Mondays)!
My losses for the MYResolution Challenge so far (August 31-now): 37.75 pounds
Total for all of our friends so far in this Mid-Year Resolution Challenge: 1239.57 pounds!
Look at us, all shrinking and stuff. I am just so proud.
For anyone just joining us, hundreds of us are losing weight in the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge striving for lifestyle changes that culminate in the amazingness that is New Year’s Eve, rather than launching from January 1. You can also click the tab up top that says Mid-Year Resolution for the daily play-by-play and to see what I’m doing. Whee! Just remember: Don’t do what I’m doing. Your journey is yours. I’m just here to cheer you on when you’re so thin you have to run around the shower just to get wet.
Monday, November 5
I ate this:
Breakfast: Skipped. I weigh in and I never eat before weigh-in.
Lunch: Huge Super Nachos from Taco Star with the corn chips this time
Dinner: Skipped. I ate a late, late lunch and it was huge.
Notes: I was so hungry at lunch, partly due to changing the clocks.
Exercise: None. I plan to use the treadmill desk again tomorrow–even if just for a bit.
What I learned:
Maybe my thoughts of perfection have been hampering my progress all these years.
Ever the Atkins by-the-book perfectionist, I lost a lot of weight in the past following Atkins induction to a “T”, but now I’m think those corn chips I had last week maybe aren’t as problematic as I assumed they could be.
Obviously, I continue to conduct my own experiments on nutrition and am working to decide where my food intolerances are, but maybe I’ve been a little too rigid all these years to the point where I obsessed over even licking envelopes to avoid starches. Now I think maybe a few added carbs once per week (or less), isn’t going to be my demise. In fact, maybe it’s helping.
I stick to a very low carbohydrate lifestyle most days (as you have seen evidenced in my menus I’ve been sharing), but I really enjoy the experiments, too. Will this cause heartburn? Will that cause my ankles to swell? Can I eat limited amounts of X every so often without detriment? All of these are questions I ask myself as I move from week to week towards December 31.
I know if I have something a bit carbier (grain-based or night-shade-based) more than once per week in any quantities (remember when I went with McDonalds and Red Robin the same week?), I gained weight (.75 for the week) and felt pretty much terrible. The key for me is to try one new food a week, coupled with a healthy meal, and see how it affects me. So far, it seems to be working.
I will keep you posted.