Wow, we’re at Week 7 already? I’m still doing this? Who woulda thunk it? These first few weeks have mostly been about getting into some sort of a groove, specifically when it comes to putting these videos and posts together. I’m feeling like I’m getting into a routine and I like it! For week 8’s video my kids will be home with me and they are both excited to be in the video, even though they have no clue really what it’s all about. So look out for that one. 🙂
Here’s the video update for Week 7!
The Too Long Don’t Watch Summary
I think the best way to describe this past week is surreal. It started off normal, uneventful, heck, I’d even venture to say boring. Well, except that my car was in the shop and there was drama around that, but whatevs. Then Thursday afternoon we suddenly learned that our family members in Paradise, California were evacuated from the horrible fires going on down there. The next day, an extended family member passed away. Though neither of these events impacted us directly, it’s definitely been an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve had to come face to face with my propensity to use food as a coping mechanism and let’s just say snacking happened. And no tracking. Still, I did better than I would have done in the past when stressful circumstances arose. Progress!
This was one of the best salads I’ve had in a very long time, and I think a version of it will come to the blog soon. It’s roasted yukon gold potatoes tossed in buffalo sauce, on a bed of romaine, spinach, and celery, doused with my vegan ranch dressing. I am still thinking about it, days later.
Still on a potato kick, I also enjoyed these tacos with roasted yukon gold potato chunks, roasted red pepper, avocado, cilantro, and pickled jalapeno peppers. Super simple and yum.
I also made it to Barre3 a few times, but not as much as I wanted. Here’s what I look like right before class. So happily naive and innocent, not realizing what is about to happen.
And here’s after. I need to wash off my makeup before class, or at least get some waterproof mascara. It looks like I got punched in the face. But yet I’m still smiling, go figure. 🙂
Less of Beth – Week 7 Results
Starting weight: 250.6 lbs
Previous weight: 240.2 lbs
Current weight: 237.8 lbs
Weight lost this week: +0.2 lbs (gain)
Goal weight by 40th birthday on March 18, 2019: 199.6 lbs (basically, just want to get under 200 pounds by that day)
Final goal weight: 150 lbs (aiming to hit this by October 1, 2019)
Yep, I gained this week. I mean, it was 0.2 pounds, so basically I stayed the same, but the scale showed the gain. It wasn’t really a big surprise, given that I moved less and ate a little more. I also didn’t track my food one little bit. So getting back to basics this week, because clearly I need to focus.
I think what I take away from this week is that food is so much more for me than just fuel, but I don’t have to let it rule me. And I can listen to my body and know when I’m eating because I’m hungry or because or I’m bored, or sad, or avoiding doing something else. So much of this is a mental game, and even though I know that cognitively, damn if the draw of food isn’t powerful in the moment. I’m learning how to interpret those signals better and make a good choice in those moments.
How did your week go? Any big wins? Any bummers? I’d love to hear about it and give you a virtual high five or hug. We’ve got this.
See you next Wednesday! <3