30-Day Plan: Day 30

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve made it to the “end” of my 30-day commitment to myself!  It hasn’t been as “perfect” as I had originally thought it would be but it has absolutely given me the kick-start I needed to get back into a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle!  In reflecting on the past month, I wanted to share what I thought went well and what I think I still need to work on.

What went well….

  • I kept track of all my food and points in my food diary every single day (not just on the blog, but I actually have a notebook where I write down everything).
  • I researched lower-points options and looked up points before eating some things to make a conscious and informed decision about whether or not I truly wanted to have it
  • I was active at least 3-4 days a week
  • I drank way more water than I had been
  • I stopped eating sugary cereal (and don’t really miss it) and started my day off with a protein-loaded breakfast
  • I cut back on sugar
  • I really cut back on carbs
  • I are way more vegetables
  • I planned ahead for events that I knew would have many food temtpations
  • I packed my own food when I went on vacations so I’d have some healthy options
  • I meal planned and prepped food so I’d have something healthy on hand
  • I tried new foods and new ways of preparing certain foods
  • I attended my Weight Watchers meetings
  • I didn’t let the number on the scale discourage me when it went up
  • I allowed myself to have some treats without feeling too guilty
  • I felt encouraged, determined, motivated, positive, confident, and happy 99% of the time!

What I will continue to work on….

  • Seek more healthy recipes so I can eat a variety of healthy food
  • Continue to cut back on sugar
  • Plan ahead for treats – look up the points before having them instead of waiting until after
  • Try new foods and recipes
  • Obtain a healthy balance between treating myself and eating healthy
  • Establish more challenging workout routines (maybe start running again?)
  • Build healthy habits so that they come more naturally and don’t require so much conscious work and effort
  • Track every single day in my food journal

With that being said, here’s how Day 30 looks:

Breakfast:  I finally found a granola that is not too high in points!  A friend of mine suggested this Nature’s Path peanut butter granola and 1/2 cup (which is more than enough per serving!) is only 5 points (not bad at all!) I mixed in 1/3 cup Source vanilla yogurt for a delicious and satisfying breakfast (and a nice change from bacon & eggs!)

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Since we are leaving town tomorrow, I had a long to-do list today to get ready to go.  I started by tidying up the house, doing dishes, and sweeping the floors. After just those minor tasks though I was feeling really sluggish and tired (maybe not enough energy from my breakfast or maybe it’s the crazy humidity?) I drank some more water and took a quick social media/ TV break.

Lunch:  For lunch I ate my usual grilled turkey burger, sautéed vegetables (in a bit of EVOO) and a sprinkle of feta cheese.  The veggies were nice and fresh (I just bought them yesterday at the market) and were so good!  I topped lunch off with some more water and big slice of juicy watermelon.

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After lunch, I had to tackle a job that I had been dreading, and that my husband and I have both put off for months – cleaning out our SUV!  While away last weekend, I noticed that the filth and dirt inside had reached an all-new high and I just couldn’t take it anymore, so even though it was 37 degrees with the humidity today (eek!) I lugged my cleaning supplies out to the garage and got busy!  An hour later, I was sweating like crazy but at least we have a nice clean ride ready to go when we set out again tomorrow!  Plus, I am sure I earned at least a few activity points completing this task!

After that job, I came inside and took another social media/water break (drinking water has made all the difference – I rarely drink anything else now, except coffee and a diet pop once in awhile as a treat!)  Then I got to work cooking and prepping some food my husband and I plan to take on the road with us.  I grilled turkey burgers (we’ll also take lean hamburgers), cooked a pack of turkey bacon, and cooked a container of bow-tie pasta to make a pasta salad with.  Then I chopped red/yellow/green peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and red onions and packed them all in individual containers that will fit easily into our big cooler.  I also plan on taking: eggs, yogurt, granola, lettuce, salad dressing, feta cheese, coffee, cream, mini rice cakes, and a pre-bought meat & cheese tray (as a little treat).  We’ll probably eat a couple meals in restaurants as well and may have to re-stock on groceries next week, but this will definitely help us to save some cash while on the road and will help me continue with my weight loss goals!

After all that food prep, I decided to take another little break (I love the slow-moving days of summer!) so made myself a coffee (with cream) and sat down to check social media and watch some more TV.  Oh, I should also mention that I started another book  – Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and it’s really interesting so far!  I am really going to miss all the free time for reading when school goes back in!

Dinner:  For dinner, my husband and I ate leftovers out of the fridge.  He had hotdogs while I had some boneless, skinless chicken breast and made one of my taco salads with light Italian dressing.   My salad and chicken came to a total of about 8 points.

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Workout:  We had another softball game tonight (we lost by just a few runs).  It was still pretty hot out so it wasn’t hard to work up a sweat!  This earned me about 6 activity points.

Snack:  When we got home from softball my husband I were both really hungry!  I wanted something filling and satisfying so decided to have another 1/2 cup of peanut butter granola and 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt – it totally hit the spot and filled me up!  Plus, I guzzled a bunch more water.

Well guys, that’s it!  It’s the end of my 30 days!  I still can’t believe I actually stuck to this (and blogged about every single day!)  I weighed myself this morning and I was down another couple pounds so I’m estimating that I lost about 10 lbs over the last 30 days!  I am really happy with that result seeing as in the past it would have taken me months to lose that much!  I have already noticed that my clothes are fitting better and I’ve already had to buy a few items in a size smaller!  My energy levels haven’t changed much but I think that has more to do with the lazy days of summer than anything (hopefully when I get back to work, I will feel the effects of better nutrition when it comes to having more energy!)  The biggest transformation though has definitely been on the inside.  I am so proud of myself for doing this and for seeing it through to the “end”.  I feel more confident and motivated knowing that if I can do it for 30 days, I can keep on doing it until this becomes habit.   I know it will never be “perfect” but that’s not what I am striving for.  I am striving for doing better.  I want to be mindful about how I am treating my body, how I am nourishing it, and how I am challenging it.  I know that that will take work and effort on my part.  But I think the biggest, most important thing to remember at the end of all this is that everything happens one day at a time. As I have mentioned in previous posts, in the past I always fell victim to the “all or nothing” mentality.  I’d always let one bad meal become a bad day, which would become a bad week, bad month, etc.  I thought if I couldn’t eat “perfectly” I might as well throw it all away and just not do anything about it.  Clearly, that was not working for me.

So now, after the last 30 days, I can honestly say I am excited and very motivated to keep going!  I’ve seen nothing but positive results this past month and if I am being perfectly honest, it really hasn’t been that hard (after all, I did indulge several times in the last 30 days!)  More importantly, I know if I keep working at it, one day at a time, I will establish healthy routines that will be good for me mind, body, and soul.  That’s the ultimate goal.

30 days complete!  I DID IT!

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30-Day Plan: Day Twenty-Three

Well, we are on the road again!  We’re staying briefly at my Mom and Dad’s tonight and then headed on our weekend trip with our kids (ages 12 and 17) tomorrow!   There are definitely going to be some food challenges this weekend but I’ve planned ahead and hopefully I am prepared for most of them!  I can’t believe I am one week away from reaching my 30 days!   Here’s what today looked like:

Breakfast:  I stuck with what works again this morning so had my usual fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon (I keep forgetting to mention, I always drink water with breakfast).  After, I sipped my coffee (and cream) while watching morning talk shows and reading.   Normally, I like to move pretty slow in the morning but today I had lots to do so it wasn’t long before I was up and getting in the shower to get ready to start my day!

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After dropping off my daughter, I zipped out to Walmart to grab some groceries and a few other things for the weekend.  I had contemplated whether or not I’d pack food this weekend and finally decided that I may as well.  Not only will it help me to stay on track with my 30-day plan, but it will save us some money too!  Here’s some of the things I picked up at Walmart: turkey bacon, turkey burgers, mini rice cakes (my alternative to chips), eggs, some Diet Coke (a little treat for me), Pepsi (treat for my hubby and kids), and some small tinfoil containers with lids to pack my veggies in.  When I got home, I pre-cooked the turkey bacon and burgers so it’d be easy to heat up while on the road.  Then I prepared three of the tin-foil bowls with my diced veggies so they’d also be ready to go.  In my cooler, I packed these things along with a few eggs, coffee creamer, yogurt, lettuce, and feta cheese.  I also brought along my rice cakes, tortilla strips (in case I want a salad – they add the perfect crunch!), and some almonds to snack on.

Food prep underway!

Food prep underway!

I pre-portioned all my diced veggies for a quick and easy meal

I pre-portioned all my diced veggies for a quick and easy meal

Lunch: I had to grab lunch on the fly today so I quickly grabbed the leftover sweet potatoes and chicken from my fridge.  Admittedly, I kind of over-cooked the potatoes so they weren’t as good as usual and even the chicken wasn’t hitting the spot but I ate it anyway so I wouldn’t be hungry.  I had one last piece of watermelon in my fridge so I figured I’d eat it up so it didn’t go bad while we were away but unfortunately it was already losing it’s ripeness.  I ate about half of it and tossed the other half.  I grabbed a bottle of water and raced out the door to a couple of appointments I had scheduled for this afternoon.


Pretty unsatisfying lunch but it held me over until dinner.

Pretty unsatisfying lunch but it held me over until dinner.

After a very busy afternoon of errands, appointments, and packing we were just about ready to hit the road.  Since I wanted something quick for dinner and had pretty much already cleaned out the fridge, I decided to grab something on the road.  Before doing this though, I spent some time (while sitting at the hairdresser’s this afternoon!) to scroll through my Weight Watchers app so that I could make an informed choice.  I had considered Subway (pretty safe bet for eating healthy if you are careful not to add to many sauces and cheeses), but then decided I wanted something hot, so went to Wendy’s instead.  There, I ordered an Ultimate Grilled Chicken sandwich (8 points), a kids’ order of fries (6 points) and a small Diet Coke (0 points) for a total of 14 points.  Yes, that’s pretty high for dinner but compared to a lot of things I could have had at a fast-food restaurant it was actually pretty decent!  Some of the sandwiches alone are over 20 points!  Plus, the burger was a significant size so I knew it’d keep me full long enough.

After our quick dinner, we hit the road and arrived at Mom & Dad’s about 8 p.m tonight.  As soon as we got inside, I could smell something baking!  It turns out, Mom had just taken fresh banana bread out of the oven!  Not that I need to say any more than that, but I don’t ever bake at home so having fresh-baked anything from the oven is a real treat!  I had one piece and estimated it to be about 6 points, putting me at a total of 37 points for the day.

Workouts:  Unfortunately, I didn’t do any workouts today.  I had planned to go to Zumba but then slept in too late and wouldn’t have had time to get all my other errands done.  I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not making time for it but also realize that these things happen so not really dwelling on it.

Okay, it’s off to bed I go so that I can be well rested for the weekend’s adventures!  I will try to update while we’re gone but if I don’t get a chance then you’ll hear from me on Monday when we get back (including everything we did and everything I ate!)  Happy Long Weekend, everyone!

23 days down, 7 days to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Twenty-Two

I am pretty tired tonight but wanted to stay consistent with my daily updates, so here’s a look at Day 22:

Workout 1: I had to be up nice and early today to bring our SUV to the shop for repairs.  After dropping it off, I walked the long way home which took me about 30 minutes.  Even though it was early and the temperature was only 22 degrees, most of the walk was facing the sun so it still felt pretty hot out!  That being said, I had been up for a bit before I took the vehicle in so at least I wasn’t a walking zombie like I sometimes am in the morning!  In fact, it felt nice to get out and get some exercise in to start my day.

Breakfast:  After I got home, I watched TV for an hour or so before making breakfast.  I stuck with my usual fried an egg and paired it with 3 slices of turkey bacon.  I am not sure what I did differently today but somehow the egg turned out extra fluffy.  It was so good!  After breakfast, I enjoyed my coffee (and cream) in the sun on the deck while reading (currently: Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis – pretty good so far!)

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Reading on the deck.

Reading on the deck.

After a bit of reading, I was actually starting to feel really tired.  I knew if I was going to make it to yoga on time I’d have to leave a bit earlier than normal since I’d be on foot instead of driving.  But the thought of walking there didn’t seem appealing at all (for some unexplained reason both of my legs from the hips down to my calves have been achy and sore today even though I haven’t done any kind of major workout…) I was feeling sluggish and sleepy so I opted to take a little nap instead (we have a window A/C installed in our bedroom and I’ve recently replaced our flannel sheets with cool, cotton ones!) I ended up sleeping for about an hour and it was pure bliss!  Although I kind of regretted missing yoga, I certainly didn’t feel badly about taking a nap!

Lunch: For some reason when I woke up after my nap, I couldn’t stop thinking about grilled cheese sandwiches.  I suddenly had a weird craving for one (more particularly the delicious kind you get in little diners that are made on thick, white bread and toasted to golden perfection!) Unfortunatley, I only had whole-grain bread in the house but even with that I figured out the sandwich would be about 7 WW points.  Seven points is pretty high for a simple sandwich and I was worried it wouldn’t fill me up enough but I decided to have it anyway (yum!) After, I had a small bowl of Mini Crispies dill pickle rice cakes.

Not very visually appealing but yummy nonetheless!

Not very visually appealing but yummy nonetheless!

Workout 2: After lunch, I decided to tackle a bookshelf in our dining room that’s needed to be re-organized forever!  Carrying loads of books up and down the stairs was actually a pretty good workout, plus it felt really good to finally get that job done.  Then, the garage finally called to say our vehicle was ready so I walked over to pick it up (another 15 minutes).

Since I had wheels to get me there, I decided to do a quick browse through the mall.  I’ve decided that I am going to do an “emoji and hashtag” theme in my classroom this year so I was on the hunt for items for my classroom and I actually found a few things!  I also picked up a pretty cute romper at Reitman’s that I did not think I would be able to wear, but it actually looked pretty cute (I’ll post some photos when I wear it, but I’m saving it for our upcoming vacation!)

Picked up a few things for my classroom.

Picked up a few things for my classroom.

Dinner: After my shopping excursion, I was briefly tempted to stop at the food court for dinner.  As I walked by I noticed someone eating a huge, delicious-looking burger.  I forced myself not to look at it!  Iced cappuccinos from Tim Horton’s were also calling my name but I an happy  to say I headed home without giving in to any temptations!  When I got home, I prepared some more sweet potato hash (peel and cube potatoes, boil until tender, them pan-fry in olive oil with some garlic, onions, salt & pepper, and parsley).  I had a serving of sweet potatoes (4 points), with my regular sautéed vegetables and feta cheese (1 point), and a chicken breast leftover from the other day.  By the time my plate was loaded up, I couldn’t believe how much food there was (I’ve been using side plates instead of the full-sized dinner plate).  I ate every last bite and it was so delicious and only 8 points in total!

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Dessert: After dinner, I fulfilled my sweet craving with 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

I didn’t have an evening snack tonight (unless you count the dessert) but I kept myself occupied doing laundry and working on my long-range plans for school.  I often find if my mind is distracted I am not as tempted to snack!   Tomorrow, we are headed out on our weekend adventure (more about that later, we’ve got a surprise planned for our kids!) I am still contemplating whether or not I am going to pack a cooler so I can eat some of my own food while on the road.  We’ll be gone for about 4-5 days total so I am thinking it’d probably be a good idea, especially since the end of my 30-day plan is drawing near ( I need to go out with a bang!) I guess that means a quick trip to the grocery store tomorrow before we head out!

22 days down, 8 days to go!

 

30-day Plan: Day Twenty-One

Well yesterday may have been a tough one, but today was a lot better for several reasons.  First, I didn’t get any headaches or feel hungry or cranky today (win!) Second, I found out that I am going to see my university roommate this Friday! (She’s home from China but we haven’t been able to coincide our schedules and summer travel plans yet – today we figured out we can meet up this weekend!  Yay!) And third, I got some awesome results at weigh-in tonight (read on if you want to know… I have to build some suspense!).  In the meantime, here’s how today went:

Breakfast:  So this makes no sense to me but today I only had a fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon for breakfast (no sweet potatoes) and I felt more satisfied when I was done.  Then again, today I decided to have my coffee (and cream) right after breakfast.  It tasted so good and it was so relaxing to sip on it while I checked out social media feeds and watched morning talk shows.  Man, am I ever going to miss these lazy, slow-moving mornings come September!

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I’ll admit I wasn’t very active today – normally after breakfast I head out for a walk but since I slept in and lounged around, breakfast today was more like “brunch” and by the time I was done it was 32 degrees outside before the humidity!  So I opted not to go.  Instead, I did some more work for school – today’s fun:  working on my timetable and long-range plans!

I'm going to be very prepared come September!

I’m going to be very prepared come September!

Lunch:  When I drove my daughter to work today (she works at Tim Horton’s) I had a fleeting thought of grabbing a sandwich or a bagel for lunch.  Of course, it was just a little mini daydream though.  There’s not really many low-points options at Tim Hortons!  Lucky for me, the idea passed quickly and instead when I got home I whipped up my chicken taco salad using leftover chicken from yesterday.  With it, I had 2 sizeable chunks of sweet and juicy watermelon.

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Workout: After lunch, I worked some more on my timetables before I headed to my gentle yoga class.  Admittedly, gentle yoga is not much of a physical workout.  It doesn’t get my heart rate up and I don’t sweat, but it does feel really good for my body!  It’s mostly a series of stretches, a lot of deep breathing, some easy yoga poses, and relaxation exercises.  Really, it’s more of a “mental” workout than it is physical but I absolutely love this class either way!  After, I feel peaceful, poised, and rejuvenated – really can’t complain!

Dinner:  When I left the gym, I started thinking about hamburgers (does that happen to anyone else?  I randomly think of food all the time for no apparent reason!) More specifically, I started thinking about hamburgers with buns.  It’s been so long since I’ve had one!  Plus, I only had about 25 minutes to grab something for dinner before I had to hit my WW meeting.  When I got home, I decided that I was going to have a burger for dinner.  I hadn’t planned anything else and by this time, I really wanted one.  Since I didn’t have enough time to grill one at home, I grabbed my phone and checked local fast food restaurants using my Weight Watchers app.  I thought, for sure I could find a fast-food burger that wasn’t that high in points.  Well, all I found was a junior burger at Wendy’s for 10 points.  And while 10 points for dinner is not too bad, I knew that tiny little burger would not fill me up so I’d have to have something else with it.  Before I knew it, I’d be at 15 points which would put me over my points for the day and not leave anything for an evening snack (or the frozen yogurt I was craving).  I decided not to have a burger and instead checked my freezer for something to have.  Right there on top was a Giuseppie frozen thin-crust, deluxe pizza.  Yum. I figured with it being thin-crust it wouldn’t really be that bad so I used my app to check again and discovered that 1/5 of the pizza (and they aren’t very big pizzas) is 7 points.  I’d want to eat at least 2 which would mean a total of 14 points, again leaving me no points for snacking later.  Finally, after some consideration, I tossed the pizza back in the freezer, and ate my leftover chicken taco salad from lunch.  I added a bit more chicken and some extra tortilla strips as I was wanting a little more crunch.  Then I had 1/2 cup Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt for a total of 11 points for dinner and dessert!  Man, am I ever glad I didn’t eat that burger or pizza!

This is the pizza I wanted but decided against.

This is the pizza I wanted but decided against.

I had leftover salad instead.

I had leftover salad instead.

After dinner, I headed to my weekly Weight Watchers meeting.  Guys, I am a huge advocate of Weight Watchers.  For me, it’s mostly about the accountability.  Checking in each week, discussing various topics with other people going through the same thing as me – it’s so inspiring.  Yes, we weigh-in every week and I am still not entirely sure how I feel about that.  I have been reading more about ditching the scale and I have to say I agree with it in some ways.  There are so many other ways to tell if your body is changing and getting healthier – how your clothes fit, looking at pictures of yourself, what you can do physically – to name just a few.  I’ve read a lot about women who eat clean and lift heavy weights and although the number on the scale is higher than it used to be for them, their body composition has changed entirely and they actually appear way more fit and thin.  Here’s an example of what I mean from a fitness blogger I follow on Instagram (@thesweatlife):

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She was 145 in first pic, 122 in second pic, and 140 in last pic. This is what people mean when they say “skinny fat”.

Anyway, all that being said, weighing yourself can be good or bad.  When you’re down, it’s motivating and satisfying (because as I’ve mentioned before, losing weight is hard), but when you’re up it can be very discouraging and depressing and sometimes even make you want to give up.  So I try not to get too hung up by the number on the scale.  However, WW does require that you weigh-in once a week, and guys, I am so excited to tell you that at tonight’s weigh-in I was down another 5 lbs!  That puts me at 8 lbs gone since I started my 30-day plan, and 15 lbs since I started back at Weight Watchers several months ago!  (I figured I was past 10lbs now because I bought a pair of shorts recently and had to get one size smaller than normal!). I am obviously thrilled with this result!  It’s funny that it comes the day after I was complaining about how hard it is to lose weight. And after having had so many treats last week while at my parents’ house, I was really not expecting to see such significant results on the scale (that being said, sometimes it takes more than a week to see results – so if you’ve been working hard and haven’t seen the results yet, KEEP GOING, because they will come!

Perfect message for today!

Perfect message for today!

In addition to all that, it’s just been one of those days where I can feel the results of my efforts.  You know when you have a “fat” day and just feel big and gross and uncomfortable?  Well, I’m actually feeling the opposite of that today!  I feel like my weight loss is starting to be noticeable (at least to me) and I felt skinny today!  A pretty great feeling!

So the other thing about my WW meeting is that it totally re-inspires me for the coming week.  This weekend we are heading out of of town again and I know there will be some food challenges.  But my 30-days won’t be up, so I am not throwing in the towel.  Instead, I am going to do what I did last time – plan ahead, bring some of my food, save all my “bonus” points, and make the best choices that I can while still enjoying myself!

21 days down, 9 days to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Twenty

First of all, let me say that I can’t believe I only have ten days left to complete my 30-day program!  When I started I wasn’t really sure if I’d be able to stick with it, but now twenty days in, I know with confidence that I will have no problem finishing!  For those of you who have been following you know the last few weeks haven’t been “perfect” but I have made a lot of changes to my diet, have tracked every single day in my food journal, and most importantly, have made conscious and mindful decisions about what I am going to eat (rather than just eating mindlessly as I did for so long!)

All that being said, I have to be honest and admit that I had another slip-up last night.  After I finished my blog entry for the day, I was feeling hungry and wanted a snack.  When I looked in the cupboard to see what I could have, I spotted the nearly-empty bag of Miss Vickies Salt and Vinegar chips my daughter had left there over the weekend.  I couldn’t resist, I ate them.  I just wanted to eat something junky so badly! I felt slightly guilty afterwards but man, those chips were good.  I estimated the chips to be about 7 points (there really weren’t a lot left) which put me at 40 total for the day.  Ugh.

Out for a walk today

Out for a walk today

Anyway, in addition to that, today is one of those days where I am feeling a little resentful and bitter that it takes so much work on my part to lose weight.  This a feeling I experience often when I’m trying to eat healthy and stay committed to my workouts.  I normally try not to compare myself to others but at times I just can’t help but wish I could be one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still maintain a healthy weight.  I know, I know, just because some of these people are thin does not necessarily mean they are “healthy”, but I still really wish I could eat a little less healthfully and stay thin.  I wish I could eat things like pizza, bread, desserts, and chips and not get fat.  But my unfortunate reality is that I can have those things – it just has to be in really, really limited ways.  Sigh.  I have to accept that my genetic makeup is prone to carrying extra fat and that if I don’t want to be overweight, it will require hard work (at least  until I get some healthy habits established, then hopefully it will at least get slightly easier!)  But that doesn’t mean I won’t have days where I just resent that fact.  A day like today for instance.

Anyway, that little rant is over (although if you can relate it’d be great to hear from you in the comments!  I am sure I am not the only person who has ever wished they could eat anything and stay skinny!). Here’s how Day 20 (wow!) has gone so far:

Breakfast:  I slept in this morning and didn’t feel that hungry when I woke up so I lounged around for about an hour before I made my fried egg, turkey bacon, and sweet potatoes for breakfast.  The weird part is that I actually felt more hungry after I ate (really have no idea why this would be!)  Since I was already at 9 points (which is pretty high for breakfast), I decided to just drink some water and see if I could wait it out a bit before eating anything else.

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Workout 1:  To distract myself from wanting to eat, I decided to head out for a walk with my dog before the rain rolled in.  We went to our favourite walking route – a 2.5 km trail around a little lake just a five -minute drive from my house.  On the drive over, I was feeling really sluggish and cranky.  Despite having protein and carbs at breakfast, I will still feeling a little hangry (hungry + angry = hangry).  I didn’t want to go for a walk and only went because I knew it would be good for me.  Thankfully, by the time I made it to the lake and got going I felt quite a bit better. Although it was pretty humid there was a nice breeze and getting out to walk felt good again after not having done it for a few days.

Pretty scenes from today's walk

Pretty scenes from today’s walk

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Snack:  When I got home about 40 minutes later, I was craving watermelon really bad (probably a tad dehydrated after my walk) so I ate 2 huge chunks of it and then chugged some cold water.  I am super picky when it comes to watermelon (it has to be sweet enough, crisp enough, and cold enough!) but I have discovered recently that the mini watermelons are usually much sweeter and juicier than the large ones! I usually buy one a week and cut it into 4-5 chunks.  It’s such a great snack because all fruits are 0 points on Weight Watchers!

My one and only favourite fruit!

My one and only favourite fruit!

Lunch:  After having the watermelon, I didn’t feel hungry anymore so I was able to get a few things done around the house before lunch.  I even started planning and prepping for school! (Mostly just organizing my computer files, updating my class lists, and working on my timetable but still, I’m a geek, and it was loads of fun!) After driving my daughter to work, I was getting pretty hungry so I warmed up a leftover grilled turkey burger, sautéed my usual vegetables and sprinkled them with feta cheese for an easy, 3-point lunch!    Not too long after I ate lunch, I was craving something cold and chocolate so I had 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

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After lunch, I continued working on my school stuff.  By late afternoon, I had a slight headache so I decided to make a coffee since I hadn’t had one yet today.  I used my usual 4 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream and sipped my coffee while I finished organizing my files.

Dinner:  At lunch time, I had put a whole chicken in the crockpot (I buy the small ones at Walmart – they can feed about 3-4 people). I put about an inch of chicken broth in the bottom of the pot and cooked it on low all day for a nice, juicy chicken for dinner!  Before removing it, I sprinkled it with some Montreal Chicken Spice (which I had forgotten to do earlier).  On the side, I made my version of a Taco salad – mixed greens, romaine lettuce, green onions, red/yellow/green peppers, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, light Italian dressing, and broken up Southwestern tortilla strips (I found them near the salad dressing with other “salad toppers” and they add the perfect crunch and flavour to my salad!)  My son loves chicken legs and wings so it works out perfectly since I prefer the breast (also I remove the skin before eating it).  I estimated my dinner to be about 7 WW points.

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It’s now late evening and I am starting to get pretty hungry again.  I am thinking I will have some almonds and vanilla yogurt for a snack.  I don’t have much planned for the rest of my evening except watching the Jays game, checking out social media, and reading (currently: Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis).  After my snack, I will be at a total of 31 points, with 3 earned activity points, which leaves me at 28 total for the day.  Tomorrow is my Weight Watchers meeting and weigh-in!  Fingers crossed!

20 days down, 10 to go!

 

 

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!