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Monday, August 4, 2014

Wash, Rinse and Repeat


Maybe I don't need to shampoo twice, but instead repeat my efforts from last week as they pertain to cooking and tracking my calories.  While my husband is out of town, I had to fend for myself.  Since I don't usually do the cooking, it was a big challenge to not eat out every day of the week.  You might consider it a tiny miracle (I know I do), but I have cooked all my meals except one since he flew the coop a week ago Friday.  Did I enjoy cooking?  Sometimes.  Am I looking forward to doing it for another week?  Not really.  Was it worth it?  Yes!  I weighed in yesterday, as Sunday is my designated official weigh-in day, and saw a lower number than the previous Sunday.  Moving in the right direction finally, I weighed 384 lbs for a loss of 8 lbs for the week. 

Tracking my calories and preparing my meals at home is a big improvement from my usual eating habits.  Even though I am not eating out, I have had a couple of days where I chose to have a huge sweet treat.  I knew what I was doing going in, but I also know that this behavior can get carried away quickly and is something I need to avoid in order to continue losing weight.    These treats were on 'buddy' nights with my sister.  She comes over two or three nights a week to watch reality programs with my husband and I, since my brother-in-law doesn't watch those types of shows.  We keep saying that we don't need snacks, but yet we indulge.  She will be out of town until Sunday, so it shouldn't be an issue the rest of this week.  However, I need to plan ahead and either have healthier snacks ready on Sunday or commit to not having a snack.  Just as I am writing this, I think to myself 'but it will be the first buddy night since hubby is back home, maybe we will want a treat'.  This just goes to show, I am still a work in progress.

This week my plan is to keep cooking, keep tracking, drink more water and take-in less sodium.  Accomplishing those items will score a win for the week.  Exercise or at least more movement in the form of walking is also needed.  Even a slight increase, since that is all I can probably manage, will go a long way in helping the back pain, overall stiffness and flexibility.  That's my plan, now it's time to go do and make it happen.

How did you do last week?  Any change in plans this week?  I appreciate all your comments.  I feel like were on the same team and supporting each other brings out the best in all of us.  Have a great Monday (you know, if that's possible).

13 comments:

  1. Keep cooking!!! I used to never EVER cook... But as I forced myself to, I grew to love it. Preparing your own food keeps you more in touch and more REALISTIC about what you are eating!

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  2. GREAT loss, sweetie! Good for you! Your week's plans sound stellar. Each success builds confidence for the next. :)

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  3. Congrats on the 8lb loss! Cooking sucks, but you should keep doing it. It helps you keep better track of what you eat since you are the one preparing it. We are all works in progress. Take each week at a time. You can do it!

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  4. Good - Good - Good, to hear about your weight loss.

    Keep it up and slowly increase the exercise YOU CAN DO IT and we're all on your side.

    All the best Jan

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  5. This is wonderful!! Learning/improving a skill and then success to boot! Congrats

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  6. Watermelon is very good this time of year, as is cantaloupe and makes a great snack while watching TV!

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  7. Great progress! I didn't cook the entire time I was losing weight, but now I do. (I've always been a little backwards. :) )

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  8. Awesome! I agree with dupster as well and think fruit would be a great idea.

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  9. Incredible!!! LTR--You are doing it, my friend. You are absolutely doing it. This is your time!!!! Treats can also be things that do not compromise the integrity of your commitment to taking extraordinary care. You're doing so well!!!

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  10. I'm with Dupster--melons are amazing!!! So good--yet, so low cal!! I recently cut up some watermelon--grabbed a big portion--like, BIG portion--weighed it--and it was only 140 something calories worth. Fantastic calorie value!! ;)

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  11. Walking is a a great way to get that blood to circulate. Take one step at a time and keep on pushing yourself a little bit more each day :)

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  12. Congratulations on your success!! You've proven to yourself you can do it! I am struggling a bit, but I'm not giving up.

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