Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Eleven pounds in eleven days

Eleven pounds in eleven days.  Not too bad, but I'm still bummed about it.  I lost ten pounds the first week and one the second week. One!  What?!

I started Atkins again two weeks ago. It's my go to diet and has been for years. Info so well when I'm on it, the problem is sticking to it. I'm trying to cut back on carbs and fat while increasing lean protein. It's not an easy task. 

I cut out sodas 56 days ago! I went cold turkey and quit my daily vanilla diet dr pepper from Sonic. This may not seem to be a noteworthy accomplishment? But for me, I assure you it is a great accomplishment. I've also stopped drinking Poweraid Zero. I'm drinking mostly water and a Propel here and there. I've also started drinking green tea this week. 

For those that don't know I've been having pain in my upper right abdomen. It started over three years ago when I was walking the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk, 60 miles in 3 days. 

The pain  comes and goes mostly striking when I've been on my feet for an extended amount of time. It can be 30 minutes of cleaning house or three hours of work. There hasn't been any consistency. For a time I stopped drinking vanilla diet dr pepper and that seemed to solve the problem. But soon the pain returned and I began visiting Sonic again in a regular basis. 

I've had X-rays and a CT scan but nothing has been found. 

I'm hoping I can stick to a healthy diet and lose some weight (ok a lot of weight) and maybe the pain will resolve itself. 

My child's style.

My daughter has her own sense of style. 

It's so hard to stay on track.

I did so well yesterday with my meals, until I left the house.  

First of all, JoAnna had said she wanted to run or walk like Roo.  My sister is a runner, like half marathons and all. (My dad and brother run too, but they are not as serious as my sister). So I got the kids ready and we went for a walk, only 1.5 miles.  It wasn't bad but even with my ankles braces my ankles were just killing me!  

Then we got home and I had eggs for breakfast. For lunch I had baked chicken, steamed broccoli and zucchini with cheese sauce.  It was really good. Even Jacob liked the broccoli and chicken. 

Then I went to work. It was downhill from there.  At work I am surrounded by snacks and junk food. I work at a daycare so there is an abundance of snack food and treats. I think I had three snacks during my 5 hour work day. 

THEN I went to bunco!  We had , dip and crackers, salad, shrimp Alfredo, rolls and cheesecake! It was delicious!

I need to get back on track!  I started my job almost 8 years ago and I'm embarrassed to even say how much weight I've gained since my first day. 

I have stopped drinking sodas. I went from 1-2 a day to none! Which is amazing considering how much I enjoyed my Sonic drinks everyday! So much that when I pulled into the drive thru I wouldn't even have to order, they knew me well. I thought giving up sodas would drop some pounds quickly, but I haven't lost a single pound.

So now I'm trying to eat less carbs and less processed foods. I'm also trying to stick with C25K. I've started it several times but have yet to finish. I signed up for a 5K not a virtual 5K but a local 5K. I hope I can run the entire thing.  The virtual Groundhogs Day 5K I did was a disappointment.  I could run much at all. It's a good thing it was virtual and I could run in the privacy of my home. 

Anyway, enough pity party. I know what needs to be done I just need to do it. And... I WILL!

Healthy eating

I've tried many many diets and most of them worked. The trouble I have is sticking with a plan. After a few weeks or months I slip back into old, bad habits. 

The most success I ever had was with Atkins after JoAnna was born. I did it for a couple of months, then the holidays hit. But right after the holidays I got back on track and lost more weight. I lost a total of 50 lbs.  I was only 38 lbs from my "I'd be happy with that" weight and about 58 lbs from my "I'd love to be, but it's probably not likely" weight. 

Today, sadly I am 125 lbs from my "I'd be happy with that" weight. Yes, I have wasted years and years of my prime being heavily over weight. I look back and think of all the things I would have liked to have done, but couldn't. 

I recently posted this on FB ....

... my answer would be STAY ACTIVE AND EAT HEALTHIER.  Even in college playing soccer I somehow gained weight, a good bit of weight. Even though I was very active my food choices were awful.  After college I continued  to gain weight and my activity level dropped. Not a good combination. 

As I sat down this year to make my "40 before 40" list I realized there were several things I wanted to accomplish but couldn't if I remain in my current shape. 

I'm working on a healthier lifestyle. I've cut out my most favorite drink, a Sonic vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper. For years I had one or more everyday!  

I started keeping track of my food also. I can see where I need to make changes. 

It's going to take time and dedication, but I'm worth it. My children are worth it, they need their mom to be healthy and active and not exhausted all the time.