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Cookie Monster Is Out Of Control

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      I am really struggling to give up carbs this time. My holiday binge has taken me up 8 pounds since Thanksgiving. Everyday I tell myself this is the last day I will freely eat cookies, pastries, candy, and ice cream. Yesterday's weigh-in was demoralizing. From the moment I stepped off the scale I have tried to strengthen my commitment to the steps that got me down 25 pounds. It's tough this time but I have to do it.  Cookie Monster eat better today.

First 2 Weigh-Ins of 2022

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     Obviously I enjoyed the food and drinks of the holidays and little more than I should have. From November 22nd through January 3rd I added back a little more than 7 pounds. I tried to resist but quickly gave in and let myself enjoy everything . As disappointed as I am with myself most of time I'm going to cut myself a break and focus forward. I lost 25 pounds in 6 months last year and I will lose 25 again in the next 6 months.

2022 Starts TODAY!

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       My preferred way to enjoy the holidays was to work at Starbucks every day and hour that I could. I put in 95 hours in the two weeks leading up to Christmas including a very fun 11 hours on Christmas Day.  There was tremendous Christmas spirit on both sides of my drive through window.  The partners all worked hard and we had a good time; the customers were amazing and brought their holiday cheer. I was especially grateful to get this handmade card from some very special children. This card alone made it all worthwhile.       I gave myself a bit of a break this holiday season and let myself enjoy the Cranberry Bliss Bars, Sugar Plum Danishes, Peppermint White Hot Chocolates and home made cookies that tempted me nearly everyday. I also crushed two boxes of my annual White Fudge Oreos. After a few days of denying myself I chose instead to celebrate the 25 pounds I lost this year and dive into the holiday indulgences. I added back 5.2 pounds since November 22 and that's OK. The c

Thanksgiving Hangover

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      I had intended to spend Thanksgiving alone which would have made it much easier to stick to my diet. However, when I made the decision to accept an invitation to a friend's home for the holiday I had no idea I had such an amazing dinner ahead of me. It was worth every extra calorie to enjoy a Thanksgiving spread that veered just enough from the norm to still LOOK like Thanksgiving but tasted like so much more. The delicious meal plus the company of a very wonderful family made it one of the most special Thanksgivings I've had in years. Having had a sampling of everything that was presented it's amazing that I'm only up a pound!     No cheat day this week. I'm hitting the weights and eating right. See you at sub-169 next week!

Sub-170!

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      All right! I feel like this train is back on the rails.  This is down exactly 25 pounds in 6 months.     If I can lose 25 more in the next 6 months that will put me in a normal BMI range and right where I want to be.     After being stuck at 171 for three weeks I made a few small adjustments back to what I was doing on my way to 171.  Those changes were all in my diet.  I went to Costco and bought lots of salad ingredients and cartons of blueberries. For my main meal of the day I've been having a 4 egg, spinach, and feta omelet. I'm mixing fresh blueberries into my Greek yogurt. During the three weeks of holding 171 I was snacking on peanut butter throughout the day. There are a lot of calories in those tablespoon helpings of extra crunchy peanut butter so I've eliminated that.  I also stopped my daily two cups of coffee and triple blonde shot, sugar free vanilla, oat milk latte.  As of today I am completely off of caffeinated drinks.     Can I reach 166.x next week? 

There is a silver lining here.....

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     For the third week in a row I'm stuck at 171. The silver lining here is that i am down 23 pounds in total. With that said I can clearly see the deviation from my eating and exercise habits that were working so well.  Perhaps this week I'll get back to those.  
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