Happy Wednesday! It’s Weekly Weigh-In time. I love this time each week because, good or bad, stepping on that scale holds me accountable to my actions. What about you? Are you keeping yourself accountable this week?
I admit, I was as nervous as I’ve been in a long time stepping on that scale yesterday morning. As I mentioned in my 12-Week Sprint post, I’d had a few rough days, nutritionally.
Thanks to the fact that I’ve been very consistent with logging my food on My Fitness Pal, I knew the problem stemmed from too many calories at lunch. See why logging food is so important? It allows you to see what’s getting you off-course and to make corrections. I’m being very conscious of what I’m eating for lunches this week.
Although I had tried to make some adjustments after realizing I’d gotten off-track, when I peeked at the scale on Monday, it was showing a gain. Because of that, I was thrilled to see a half-pound loss when I did my official weigh-in on Tuesday morning! It’s been a long time since I’ve been so happy to see such a small loss, but a half-pound at least keeps me moving in the right direction…and it lets me know that my recalculation efforts were effective.
Lately, I have been linking up my Weekly Weigh-In posts, when I remember, with Weight-Loss Wednesday at Confessions of a Snowflake. I like that Alicia offers a weekly theme idea for those who want to link up. I’m going to try to start doing that – again, when I remember – because I’ve found Alicia’s themes to be of the encouraging, good discussion variety.
This week, she asks, “What is working for [your] weight loss journey? Are there certain habits that you have changed that are really enjoying? Is there something you have substituted in your diet that you really enjoy? Or a certain workout that you are surprised you can actually do?”
Wow! I could write a whole book – or, you know, a whole blog – about that. I’ve actually been compiling a “top ten” list of things I didn’t know I liked before I started losing weight (and, no, it’s not all food).
Do I have new habits that I enjoy? Yes! I love exercising. I love eating right. I love being healthy! All those years that I wasted being sedentary and eating junk were just that – wasted years. All those things I thought I would be sacrificing to lose weight were just junk.
It’s been over 19 months since I’ve eaten at McDonald’s (though I have stopped in for sweet tea a time or two or twenty). I don’t miss it. It’s been that long since I’ve had more than one sip of somebody else’s milkshake. I occasionally miss them a little, but they’re not worth the calories. I’ve eaten 1.5 doughnuts since November 2009. Yeah, I miss them a little, too, but, again, not worth the calories.
And, you know what’s really cool? I enjoy being able to say that.
Some things that I have changed in or added to my diet that I really enjoy are:
- Red peppers. Yum! Love ‘em! I love them diced on a salad or sliced and roasted with other veggies.
- Quinoa. Quinoa is something I don’t think I ever would have tried before, but I love it. Even Brian and a couple of the kids eat it.
- Spaghetti squash. I don’t know that I could honestly say that I like it better than pasta, but it’s a good substitution. Josh, who hasn’t been able to stomach pasta since getting really sick after eating some a few years ago, will actually eat spaghetti with us now – as long as he can put his sauce on spaghetti squash rather than pasta.
- Fruits and vegetables. I never would have thought about putting fruit on a salad, but I love it – apples, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple. They’re all delicious on a salad.
Y’all are probably getting tired of hearing about the workout that I’m surprised to find out I can do, but I can’t help it; it’s my new passion. Running! I love, love, love it. When I first got that idea in my mind that breaking out into a little jog on the treadmill wouldn’t be so bad, I never dreamed I’d go from thinking I would die before 90 seconds was up to being able to run an entire 10K.
I love that I can run. I love that I want to run. I love the running feels as necessary to my life now as breathing.
Most of all, though, I just love feeling healthy. I love feeling that I’m taking care of my body and adding years to my life. I love that I am successfully doing something that seemed impossible. I love not being ashamed of my appearance, not avoiding being in photos with my family, and and dreading meeting new people.
I love my new life.
What about you? What changes have you made as part of getting healthier that you’re really enjoying?
This post is linked to Weight Loss Wednesday.
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