Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weight loss update...

It has been three weeks back on the clean eating train, and I'm feeling fabulous.  I weighed in on Tuesday, and I'm down four pounds from last week, for a total of 13 pounds!  (Which sounds like a lot, but compared to what I need to lose, it really isn't.)  My pants are definitely getting looser, and I ordered a few cute outfits yesterday as a fun, little reward.  

I wish I could bottle this motivation, y'all.  

Because most of the time?  My goal is to eat the most delicious thing on the menu at each and every meal.  I refuse to think about calories.  Or nutrition.  Instead, I just want all of the delicious things in and around my mouth.

I also wish I could understand why when I start to gain I don't just buckle down for a few weeks and stop this cycle in its tracks.  Because it's not crazy hard.  It really isn't.  I've simply told myself that certain things are off-limits, and because I'm a rule-follower to the core, I mostly stick to the plan.

If you're curious, here's what I might eat on a given day:

Breakfast:  1 scrambled egg, 1 apple, 1 slice of diet toast
Snack:  protein bar
Lunch:  salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and grilled chicken with low-calorie (less than 40 calories per serving) dressing (and possibly a teaspoon of blue cheese, because I've got a smidge of rebellion in me), 1 cup of strawberries, 1/2 baked potato
Snack:  protein drink, orange
Dinner: shrimp stir-fry with zucchini and grape tomatoes, steamed rice

No sodas, no sugar, very little dairy (although I do allow myself the occasional skinny latte or smidgen of cheese), no salt (this is so hard for me), no condiments or sauces (except the low-calorie dressing) and reasonably small portion sizes.

That's it.

No magic.  No secret tricks.  (Although, I am currently using a few of the Slim4Life supplements, since they came with my membership.  When they run out, I probably won't buy any more, and I'll see if I notice any difference in the amount of weight I lose.)  It isn't as fun as eating cheese enchiladas every day, but then neither is being overweight.  And it isn't like I'm saying goodbye to these things forever.  I just know that for now, I can't shed the pounds and have those things, too.  I have to choose, and I choose me.  

So I'm doing my best to feel confident that this new-found desire to get this girl healthy for good isn't just another short-lived wave of motivation.  I know I'll trip and fall at times (which is completely okay and human), but maybe I'm finally learning that a little setback doesn't always have to be a deal-breaker and that it's a heck of a lot easier to lose a few pounds than it is to lose a hundred pounds.

14 comments:

Joey said...

GOOD LUCK friend! You're making great head way. It's all a matter of taking one step at a time. And that's exactly what you're doing!

Nikki said...

So inspiring! Keep going! I've recently started my post baby diet, having picked up so much weight during pregnancy and after Sophie was born too. Its hard to stay motivated but its all for the best in the long run. Being healthy for your child is so important! Good luck! Cant wait for the next update!

Colleen said...

That's awesome! I found that once I made some of those changes in my everyday foods that it was easier to have something I did want. I didn't feel so guilty. Be creative - there are so many good clean eating snacks out there that I really did not even think about. (as I sit here eating almonds - not that exciting but they are pretty good!)

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

I think people put way too much thought into diets in losing weight. It really is simple. EAT BETTER. Stay Active. Cut out soda. Not only will you lose weight but you'll feel better. You are so inspiring girl! Keep it up!

Brooke said...

Congrats on the loss, way to go!!

Kathryn said...

Sounds like a good plan! I know it's hard to stick to it. I do good on one thing (salads for lunch), then I get tired of it, and have to find something else. I definitely have to have rules to follow too. Some people say having a designated cheat meal or cheat day works for them, but I've never really done that.

Kaitlyn (Keeping up with Kaitlyn) said...

Awesome girl!!! You are an inspiration to me!

Established: 2008 said...

Well done!

Laura said...

That's awesome!!

Erica @ Team Roberts said...

Way to go Ryan! You are doing awesome and are a great inspiration for me to get off my big butt!

Kristin said...

Way to go! It really is about setting rules, not goals. As silly as that may sound...

Once you tell yourself you're not gonna eat something, you just commit to it. I can't do moderation. I'm all or nothing.

For example, I feel nothing but RELIEF, knowing that Halloween is over and I don't have to see piles of candy corn in every store. That's one thing I just cannot say no to.

Jessica K said...

Congrats! I bet you feel great as well!

Shannon said...

You are AWESOME, Ryan!! I love this! I need some of your motivation...ha :)

karly from [kar[+]wade] said...

Totally love this! You got this girlfriend!! Love following you on IG! Your little grace is a doll! It's always easier when you remember your little one(s) to continue your motivation! :)

-Karly

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