Are you busy prepping for Thanksgiving this week? I know I am working as fast as I can to clean places I normally don’t clean (the house, not my arm pits) before company comes on Thursday.
How are you doing with planning what you will eat? Do you plan to eat a few carbier items, or are you sticking with low-carbohydrate choices? I plan to stick to the lower cab items because I want to hit my goals for New Year’s, but I have many friends who are taking the meal off. I say do what works for you as long as you don’t make yourself ill.
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, even if you eat off-plan for Thanksgiving, you get right back on the wagon and keep going.
Why weigh Mondays for this challenge? 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. Knowing I have to face the scale each week keeps me honest because I know short-term choices can have longer-term repercussions.
After last week’s gain of .25 pounds, this week I am down 6.5 pounds!
My total losses so far since August: 51.5 pounds
Total for all of our friends so far in this Mid-Year Resolution Challenge: 1342.72 pounds!
Keep it up, everyone! We have about 6 weeks left before New Year’s Eve!
Now on to how I’ve been doing with our Mid-Year Challenge… Be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled share my progress and thoughts, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). Be sure to subscribe for updates by adding your email right (in the sidebar) or through Feedburner in the title bar up top. You can also click the tab up top that says Mid-Year Resolution for regular updates.
I ate this:
Breakfast: Nothing. I’m waiting until I weigh in…
Lunch: Taco Star nachos with chips. They are so amazing. I positively love them.
Dinner: Skipped because I am stuffed from such a huge lunch
Notes: I was able to console a friend today who was upset at having gained three pounds this week. When she talked about what she ate, I knew right away that the culprit was the dill sunflower seeds. I have had so much help over the years that it was nice to help someone else.
What I learned:
Did you know that foods we are allergic to are also sometimes the ones we crave the most?
This is because the stress on the system caused by the allergens also causes a release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers that make us feel good physically.
And since endorphins make us feel better, this can result us wanting to eat things, even when they’re foods or ingredients we know will cause inflammation, stomach upset and even those other side effects.
Keeping a food journal helps me track what I eat and how I react to it. If it causes inflammation, a runny, stuffy nose, extreme fatigue, a tingling in the mouth, bloating, or other possible side effects, even if the food makes me feel great otherwise, I try removing it from my diet for a week and see if some of that excess weight might decide to drop off, along with the uncomfortable side effects.