Week 8 Update & Holiday Tips

Weekly Weight Loss: -8.6

Total Weight Loss: -28.8

I am so excited about my weight loss this week! I have recently decided to try a new program.  I was torn since I am so used to the diet I do now and it has worked so well for me in the past.  After a ton of research on this new program and realizing it is very similar with a few minor changes that I would try it.  I officially start this week with their products and program recommendations but I did a little bit of a dry run with my old meal replacement products I usually use and made the changes to the diet plan and I have to say it made a huge difference on the scale!  I am excited to see what the next week has to bring. Now I hate a sales pitch especially if I am not looking for one so I am not going to say anymore about this program but if you are interested and want to hear more about it you can send me a message and I can answer any questions you might have.

 

So today is Memorial Day!  However with memorial day I usually find that I am battling with BBQ’s, parties, etc.  All the yummy desserts and food that I am not allowed on my plan.  So I thought I would share some tricks I have been using to overcome holiday eating and if you have any you like please share them in the comments!

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  1.  BBQ food is actually ok for my diet plan partially.  I can have proteins on my diet so if I am hosting I make sure to put some lean protein on the grill so I don’t feel left out. My food is on the grill too!  If I am going somewhere I usually ask ahead and if I need to I’ll bring something with me.  Usually my family & friends don’t mind.
  2.  All those sides!  I try to do some fun substitutions.  Some great sides for my plan are deviled eggs (which I love), there is a great recipe for mashed cheesy cauliflower in the recipes tab and it is amazing, find some great low calorie baked beans (bushes has a version that I like that is really low calorie), and make some kabobs and grill some veggies along with your protein.  Usually my family loves my sides as much as the ones they make that I can’t eat.
  3. Desserts.  I avoid these at all costs.  I like to bring one of my meal replacements (I have some protein bars that are sweet tasting) this way while everyone is eating their desserts I can have my bar.  I try to arrive full, drink lots of water.  I also try to distract myself (play a game with the kids, find a family member or friend and catch up, etc).
  4. Seems like at family meals like this I end up grazing at the food table all day.  To avoid this I bring activities for the kids and help facilitate the games, avoid the food table (in fact I will even ask my lovely husband to make my plate of food so I don’t go to the table at all), and if it is to overwhelming offer to help clean up and put it all away after everyone is done with the meal (out of sight out of mind).
  5. Be careful of sauces.  I know BBQ sauce is wonderful and is actually allowed on my plan but only in moderation.  It’s tempting to just slather on a ton of sauce on everything on the grill every time you open the lid but at least for your pieces try to limit this to the serving size on the bottle or in your food recommendations in the plan you are following.  For me it is 1/2 a tablespoon for regular and 1 tablespoon for sugar free.  And I can have three condiments a day.  I also like to add other more healthier options to flavor my foods like some salsa that is very low carb and I can have a lot more of it then the BBQ sauce.  I also love avocado so I will make a great low calorie  & low carb guac to put on my protein.  Be creative!

These are just a few things I have learned that have helped me in the past.  Again please share your tips in the comments I would love to hear them.  And of course happy Memorial Day!

Upcoming Weekly Goals:

-Stick to the new diet program

-drink lots of water (at least 8 servings a day)

-exercise & move daily

Long Term Goals:

-50 pounds lost

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Week 6 Update

Weekly Loss: -4.2 pounds

Total Loss: -20.4 pounds

Man week six turned out to be a very eventful week for me!  Very scary week actually.  A huge wake up call for me when it comes to be weight and health.  To keep the story short we will just say that I ended up having to be sent to the heart hospital by ambulance on Tuesday night with an overnight stay and heart cath procedure on Wednesday.  At the age 36 I really should not be worrying about blockage or heart disease.  I also came to a realization during this process that as many problems as I had being able to do scans due to my weight that if anything ever happened to me (say a car accident, or an actual heart attack) there really wouldn’t be much they could do for me to save my life.  As big as I am I barely fit on the operating table.  Most of their machines don’t work for me.  This is an important realization.  As someone who wants to live a long time seeing with my own two eyes the limits they would have when it comes to saving me in the case of an emergency really made things click in my head that I must lose weight.

Luckily no blockages or problems were found in my heart!  However, the scare really got myself and many of my loved ones thinking about the risks I run daily by choosing this life of obesity.  Seeing my daughters, my husband, my parents, my sister, and all my other extended family so upset and afraid for me was a huge eye opener as well.  I don’t want to be in that position again.  My doctor highly recommends weight loss surgery but with insurance being the way it is I don’t know that it is an option so I am going to continue to choose life by eating healthy and continuing my exercise.  If it works out in the cards for me to have surgery then I will cross that road when it comes but for now it is vital to continue a healthy lifestyle.

Weekly Goals:

-Continue a healthy diet

-Get back on track with my walking schedule (missed several days while dealing with health issues)

-drink lots of water

Long term goals:

-Lose 10% of my body weight

Week 4 Update

Weekly Change: +.4

Total Loss: -14.6 pounds

UGH…….I hate when the scale doesn’t reflect my hard work.  It always seems to happen about once a month that I have a very low loss week.  I’m sure it has to do with something going on in my body because it seems to happen like clockwork.  However, how frustrating to eat healthy all week, exercise, and when you step on your scale for the payoff whomp whomp whomp…….. This is why I really try not to put a lot of emphasis on the numbers on the scale.  I try to look at how I feel, how my clothes are fitting, and things that have changed for me physically.  If I get to caught up in the scale then it can be a trigger to derail my efforts. I may get frustrated, I tend to allow excuses to creep in to cheat on my diet or not do my exercise.  So I am going to ignore this week as if it didn’t happen.  Hope for a better week next week!

Weekly goals:

Keep on the diet

Drink my water everyday

Continue to walk according to my walking schedule (I also get a membership to the gym so I can walk on the walking track!)