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Weight Loss Challenge – One Week Mark

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s supposed to be really nice here this weekend, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. Jake should be off work early. If he gets home in time, I’m hoping to do a family bike ride on the local riverfront trail system. We have a bunch of birds returning and migrating through, and it’s a great place to watch for them.

Today’s the fifth official day in our family’s weight loss challenge, but it’s been a week since I started watching what I’ve been eating. I’ve lost four pounds, and my jeans are fitting looser!

Here are the biggest changes I’ve made:

  • I’ve been making sure to drink at least 8 cups of water. I’ve been refilling my 16 oz waterbottle 5 – 6 times a day.
  • I’ve cut back on coffee –  I like creamy, sugary coffee, and I was drinking a lot. About 4 – 5 large mugs a day. I’m still drinking 1 – 2, but I’ve cut out the flavored creamers, and I’m limiting my sugar to 2 teaspoons of unrefined sugar a day.
  • I’ve swapped white flour for whole wheat.
  • I’ve been eating a lot more salads. I love veggies, so this isn’t a hardship. It does get a little boring to eat the same thing every day, though, so I’m going to have to learn how to mix up the greens and add-ins.
  • Exercising – This comes naturally for us as the weather gets warmer. As a family, we love to hike and ride bikes. The kids are getting old enough we can actually go on some longer trails. We hiked Mica Mine last weekend, and that’s over five miles there and back. They didn’t complain once! I’ve also been using my mini stepper in the evenings. If you have no room for an elliptical or treadmill, I highly recommend getting one of these little guys. I love mine. I’d also like to note that excercising alone wasn’t enough to help me lose weight. We’ve always been an active family, but if I’m not eating well, the weight won’t budge no matter how much we do.

All right, here’s my food journal for yesterday:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and coffee with steamed milk and 2 tsp unrefined sugar.
  • Lunch: 1/3 large chicken breast, 2 cups steamed veggies, leftover breadstick from last night’s dinner.
  • Snack: 1/2 whole wheat bagel (the other half from breakfast), 1/3 chicken breast, coffee with splash of half and half, apple.
  • Dinner: Subway Club sandwich on wheat – no cheese. I went through the drive thru, and, unfortunately, they got my order wrong. It was missing all the veggies. The only thing on it was spinach. We were already home before I found out what happened, so I was pretty bummed. I also had 1/3 indivudual size bag salt and vinegar kettle chips.
  • Snack before bed: I was ravenous after exercising, so I had another 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 tbsp peanut butter.
  • Splurge: 1 cup of chocolate ice cream.
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Day 1 – Family Health Challenge

My mother-in-law called last week to see if I wanted to do a weight loss challenge with her and Jake’s sisters, and I jumped at the chance. Just recently, I’d been telling her how upset I was that I’d allowed myself to gain as much weight as I have in the last few years.  In fact, every time Jake says we should start jogging, I picture me looking like this:

giphyNot pretty. I feel your pain, pup.

Anyway, her plan is simple. We all do our own thing, but we motivate each other, and we reward each other when we hit a goal. For example, my teenage niece offered free babysitting. How cool is that?  And we’ll all do things like that. How motivating, right? I can’t wait for my sweet family members to hit their goals so we can shower them with awesomeness.

My plan is to eat clean. Yeah, yeah…I know, I know. I’m gonna stick with it this time! I did it before–I know I can do it again.

So, I’m going to be keeping a food journal here. I figure if I have to fess up to you all what I’ve been eating, I might do a slightly better job. 😉 I’ll be posting the menu from the day before (or possibly post it weekly, depending on what seems to work better.)

Let’s get started.

Day One

  • Breakfast: 1 cup of strawberries and scrambled eggs – I was starving twenty minutes later, and I decided I need a grainy complex carb with breakfast. It’s what I always used to do, so it makes sense that I still need to.
  • Snack: 16 oz coffee with splash of milk and tiny bit of real cream. Sweetened with stevia and 1 tsp unrefined sugar – I’m not giving up my morning coffee, but I will stay away from the fake flavored creamers. Also, I had a bite size sausage biscuit made with clean sausage and homemade, whole grain biscuit.
  • Lunch: 1/2 leftover roasted chicken breast, handful roasted cubed potatoes, and steamed broccoli and cauliflower blend.
  • Snack: Handful of trail mix and sparkling water with lime and pineapple
  • Dinner: Taco salad made with ground turkey, kidney beans, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade taco seasoning blend, and a handful of tortilla chips (fried but no chemicals added). I omitted the cheese and sour cream. I also swapped salsa for the dressing. It was really good, but next time I’ll remember black olives and avocado.
  • Dessert/Snack: 1 homemade strawberry oat muffin – I made a batch for Tuesday’s breakfast, and they hit the spot for dessert as well.

Also, I’ve returned to making homemade bread with whole wheat flour (I’ve been using the Kroger brand white whole wheat, and it’s really good). If I want to stick with it, I know I have to start cooking from scratch again. That’s the hard part. Still, it’s doable.

Okay, so that’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow!