30-Day Plan: Day Six

Today is weigh-in day and I am feeling pretty excited!  I am definitely expecting to see some results on the scale tonight.  I am still shocked that I have been able to stick to my plan for six straight days now.  I have struggled for months to get back on track, and I am not sure what happened last week, but something just clicked.  Admittedly, not working right now makes it a lot easier.  I basically have no schedule so lots of time to plan, prep, cook, and work out.  I am already a little nervous about how this lifestyle will jive once I start working full-time again but for now I am just trying to focus on the present and work on instilling good habits. Before I go off on a tangent though, I do want to say that I know the number on the scale isn’t everything.  I will not be disappointed tonight if the loss isn’t as big as I am expecting because I feel incredible in so many other ways.  I have done this journey before and I know that the internal transformation often comes before the external.  The pride, excitement, and confidence I have felt this week are exactly the reasons I need to be doing this – the slimmer, trimmer body will come in time.  That being said, here’s how today went down:

Breakfast:  1 fried egg, 3 slices turkey bacon, water ~ followed shortly after by coffee with French-Vanilla-flavoured cream.  I’m still working on cutting back the cream in my coffee (mostly due to its high sugar content) but for now I’m just being sure to measure the cream carefully so I don’t overdo it.  I really see this simple cup of joe as a special treat to get my day started but with time I do hope that I can wean myself off the sweet cream.

This is quickly becoming my typical breakfast

This is quickly becoming my typical breakfast

Workout:  I really wasn’t feeling like working out today.  I procrastinated forever on the couch scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and watching HGTV for as long as I possibly could.   I knew I would regret it though if I didn’t workout and I reminded myself that this is only a 30-Day commitment (for now).  Plus, the DVD I had planned on doing is only 25 minutes long so I knew that I could get through that.  I hauled myself off the couch, laced up my Nikes and headed down to the basement where I completed Week 1 of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. This is the same workout I did last week but I love that it’s short but intense.  In just 25 minutes, the DVD guides you through a variety of exercises that works multiple muscle groups at once for maximum fat burn.  Trust me, this workout is not easy (at least, not for me).  I still have to make a few modifications to some of the moves (even though Jillian says not to) but it feels so good to be getting back into these kind of workouts!

Level 1 kicked my butt today!

Level 1 kicked my butt today!

This guy was disappointed we didn't go walking today but the humidity was crazy!

This guy was disappointed we didn’t go walking today but the humidity was crazy!

Lunch:  Grilled turkey burger, 1 tablespoon of feta cheese, and grilled veggies with 1/2 cup of Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt for dessert.

My typical lunch.

My typical lunch.

Dinner:  1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breast grilled on the barbecue with a bit of Montreal Chicken spice, my version of Greek salad (mixed greens, red/green/yellow peppers, red onions, feta cheese, and Kraft Greek dressing, and a large slice of watermelon for dessert.

I finally learned how to grill a perfect piece of chicken!

I finally learned how to grill a perfect piece of chicken!

Workout 2:  1 hour, 15 minutes softball game

Snack: When I got home from my ball game I was feeling quite hungry and still had 5 WW points left so I decided to have a snack.  After some consideration, I decided to have some Greek yogurt and granola (or cereal in this case, since I didn’t have any granola on hand).  I was surprised that Greek yogurt is pretty high in points (5 points for 3/4 cup) so I carefully measured out just 1/4 cup (I used a small Tupperware dish to make it appear that the quantity was more than it actually was).  I used Harvest Crunch cereal which is also very high in points (9 points for 2/3 cup) but measured out 1/3 of a cup and added it to my yogurt for a total of 6 points!  All in all, it was a very tasty snack.

A somewhat healthy, yet yummy, snack.

A somewhat healthy, yet yummy, snack.

And, of course, since I started writing this post this morning, I’ve attended my Weight Watchers weigh-in and meeting.  I am going to be honest and say that I was slightly disappointed that I was only down 3 lbs.  I had been hoping for closer to five but then again I know the number on the scale is not the end all, be all.  There are so many factors that play into how much you weigh, on any given day, at any given time.  It could be water retention, hormones, the weather… Anything!  All that being said, losing these 3 lbs did bring me to a total of 10 lbs down (since I first started back at WW way back in March!)  I was thrilled about that and even received a snazzy ribbon as a reward from my Weight Watchers leader.

Feeling proud and ready to keep going!

Feeling proud and ready to keep going!

All in all, I am still feeling positive and encouraged.  I know that if I continue with these good habits I am developing that I will see more results!   As I mentioned above, the internal transformation is already taking place.  I feel so happy with my success in staying on plan and can’t believe that it will already be one week tomorrow!

6 days down, 24 to go!

 

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4 thoughts on “30-Day Plan: Day Six

  1. 3 lbs is amazing! At that rate you will see amazing results in 30 days.

    I’ve decided not to depend on the scale anymore, mostly because I become dependent on seeing the numbers go down to stay motivated. It does not put me in a good frame of mind. I’m not sure what my plan is right now except to eat healthy, mindfully, and maintain proper portion sizes. And exercise.

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    • I totally hear you about not depending on the scale! I have seriously considered that too. I wonder what kind of result I would get if I didn’t weigh myself until the END of the 30 days? Ha! That being said, Weight Watchers promotes a weekly weigh-in – I feel a little opposed to this for the specific reasons you stated, but it is what it is (no plan is “perfect” and WW definitely has its faults). Too many people forget that that number on the scale is affected by SO many factors! Fortunately, I’m a pretty positive person in general so it’s not too difficult (usually) for me to not let it bring me down when I don’t get the result I was expecting! Btw, thanks for your sweet comments – it means a lot!

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