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Day 63: Updated stats

Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under a pound. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations quite a bit this past week, so I’m not too concerned about it.

I also took some updated measurements yesterday. In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, and calf; and 3/4 of an inch from my hips.

Since Day 1 of this challenge, I’ve lost 7-8 lbs, 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, 1/2 an inch from my chest, thigh, and calf, 2 and 1/4 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

                           8/4/18     8/20/18     9/20/18     10/03/18
Weight:                    131.2 lbs  131 lbs     126.4 lbs   123.6 lbs
Measurements (in inches): 
Bicep                      10.75      10.75       10.75       10.5
Chest                      35         35          34.5        34.5
Waist                      31         30          29          28.75
Hips                       37         37          35.75       35
Thigh                      22         22          21.75       21.5
Calf                       14         14          13.75       13.5

I’m really happy with my progress so far. Although I’d rather not keep losing inches from hips, I’m happy to see my thighs finally start slimming a bit. They just weren’t budging. Now, I just need to get my next Bod Pod scheduled and hopefully see some real progress in terms of losing body fat.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Current step total: 1,724

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Day 57: The protein problem

Last night, I decided to use my high calorie day for this week. It was a last minute, impulse decision (AKA emotional eating). I wasn’t in a bad mood or anything. It was a pretty good day actually, but there was just something. I can’t really explain it; I guess it’s just one of my peculiarities – having weird moods.

What is really upsetting about it though, is that I ended yet another day without hitting my protein goal.

Despite the fact that weight loss comes down to calories in and calories out (CICO), eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for overall health. Eating more protein is supposed to be my first step towards starting to make those healthier changes in terms of what I eat, because frankly, right now I’m eating like shit.

But, the thing is, I’m basically acting like a petulant child when it comes to this whole protein thing. The truth is, I don’t want to waste my precious calories on protein or healthy foods I don’t enjoy, when I could use them to eat a cookie (or two) instead. So, while I go on and on about how I’m going to do better to meet my protein goal, I don’t.

I can’t continue this way though. I gave my protein “problem” some serious thought today, and I think I came up with a possible solution. I don’t want to waste calories on healthy foods I don’t enjoy, so I should find ways to make those healthy things I need to eat enjoyable. Seems obvious, right?

It also seems like making those foods on hand and easy to eat would be helpful. The meal prep I did a couple of weeks ago was successful. I enjoyed what I made and ate it all. None of it went bad. I can’t think of any good reason why I haven’t done it again.

My plan to finally really get on track with my protein goal: find some healthy recipes I want to eat and then prep them my way every week.

Normally, I would try to do something like this on a Monday, but I don’t think I should put this off. I need to look up recipes and put together a grocery list tonight, then hit up the grocery store and meal prep tomorrow. The sooner I get started, the sooner I can finally start hitting that goal.

I don’t know if I’ll be successful, but I’ve got to give a try.

Current step total: 20,347

Day 44: Rain, rain, go away!

I woke up in a much better mood than yesterday, despite heading into a second day of nonstop rain.

I don’t know if most people experience random “low” moods, but I definitely do. They can be pretty frustrating, for a lack of a better word. There’s no apparent cause for them, and they’re hard to really explain or understand. They’re not necessarily bad moods – I’m not angry or sad. It’s more like a numb feeling? Like I said, it’s just a weird mood to be in.

Fortunately, since I’ve started this challenge, my “low” moods have been practically non-existent. One of the most positive changes that have occurred over the last 44 days since this challenge started is the change in how much better I feel overall. Not just in the physical sense, but in my mental and emotional state as well.

These past couple of weeks, I’ve felt the best I have in years. It’s not that I’ve necessarily felt happier, but that I feel a lot more in control of my life. As a person who was diagnosed with attentive deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a grown up, I’ve struggled with adulting. I’ve lived in this sort of fog and chaos, jumping from one thing to the next haphazardly, unable to remember important things, and feeling utterly incapable of accomplishing even the most basic tasks.

Trying to find the right medication after being diagnosed has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. The side effects of stimulant medications can be rough, and determining the proper dose takes a lot of trial and error. Toss is a pregnancy, and it’s taken me over three years to finally get on the right medication at the right dose.

While I’m sure finally getting my medication right has a lot to do with how much better I’ve been feeling, I’m confident the changes I’ve made during this challenge have also had a significant impact. I’m much more active and I’ve been working out consistently. As a result, I’ve been sleeping better. I’m drinking less alcohol, so it’s easier to get up in the mornings and make it to the gym. Now that I’m eating less, I feel less bloated and heavy. Every small change feeds into the next.

It’ll be interesting to see how I’ll continue to change as I become more inconsistent in meeting all of my goals. I like to think any changes will be positive ones, not just in how I look on the outside, but in how I feel on the inside.

Current step total: 9,011

Current step goal streak: 14 days  

Previous step goal streak: 2 days

Longest step goal streak: 14 days

Day 38: Next idea – meal prep

I fell into the black hole that is Netflix’ new high school movies last night. Before I knew it, it was almost midnight and there I was, sipping on a chuhai, adding to my calorie total for the day.

I should be kicking myself and whining about my lack of self-discipline, but I feel ok about it. That being “said,” I really do need to tighten my belt and get serious. I’m 11 days away from my next Bod Pod appointment, and my weight hasn’t changed in weeks.

I know fat loss doesn’t always mean weight loss. It’s possible my body composition has changed even though my weight hasn’t, but I’m also very well aware of how much I’ve eaten these past two weeks. And I can tell you, it’s been a lot.

That being said, I have a plan: I’m going to meal prep. I normally try to save meal planning and grocery shopping for Mondays, but I figured with my inability to stay under my calorie goal this week, it might be a good idea to get a head start on it today and give meal prepping a try.

I’m listening to the book, “Stick With It,” by Sean Young. It’s about making lasting changes. One of the concepts he discusses is making things easy. He basically writes that the easier a change is, the more likely we are to stick with it. If I can prep healthy meals ahead of time, I can make it easier for myself to make better food choices when I’m hungry.

My intent is to meal prep some healthy meals for myself for the week; things I can just grab from the fridge and warm up in the microwave for a quick meal. Maybe something like chicken with sweet potatoes and green beans, or turkey with brown rice and avocado.

The only downside to this plan is that I’m not a huge fan of reheated food, but, I can’t let that keep me from giving it a try. I need to try something different because what I’m currently doing obviously isn’t working.

Current step count: 1,252

Current step goal streak: 8 days
Previous step goal streak: 2 daysLongest step goal streak: 13 days
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