Friday, October 21, 2016

The 7 Day Streak Weigh-In

I have completed 7 full days of staying within my calories! I haven't had a 7-day streak of staying within my calories since before I became pregnant with Piper in 2014! I am extremely proud of myself. I forgot what it felt like to do a happy dance over something I've accomplished. I feel so empowered!

I remember when I was almost a year post-partum, someone told me that it takes about two years after giving birth to really feel like yourself again. I remember smiling and nodding at them but really, I didn't believe them. I thought to myself, "What do you mean? It's almost been a year. I am feeling more like myself now!".

I guess I didn't realize that while I was feeling a little more like myself at that time, I wasn't focusing more on myself. Being able to focus more on yourself definitely comes with time after having a child, and in that sense, all I can say is, it is not selfish, it is necessary and "Amen!"

There are a few things that really helped me get on this 7-day streak, and I want to mention the things that helped for my future-self and anyone out there who may benefit from these tips.

1. My husband hid the scale from me. It's true, he hid it from me, but not very well. I found the scale mid-week (because he hid it "in plain sight" and I stumbled upon it as I was doing laundry) and it took everything I had not to weigh myself on right then. I'm glad that I stayed strong. I weighed myself today, as planned, and it was totally worth the wait! I found out that I lost 6 POUNDS this week! I am at my lowest weight since 2015. (244.8 lbs)

2. Dark chocolate at night. Night-time snacking can be tough. Especially when it comes in the form of a chocolate craving. In order to curb my cravings, I have been giving in to chocolate, but the dark kind. While I can eating milk chocolate all day long, the dark chocolate is a different story. It's bitter and sweet, and it's just enough to get rid of my chocolate craving while not breaking the calorie-bank.

3. Eating only the food that I enjoy and keeping track of all of it. There wasn't a single thing that I ate this past week, that I didn't love. If I wanted something a little higher in calories, I just adjusted my day accordingly. (i.e. if I had a high calorie lunch, I had a lesser calorie dinner.)

4. I gave myself plenty of "me time". This is important to stay fresh during the week! To focus on my goals and even refocus, as needed. I woke up an hour early before Piper a lot this week, and that seemed to help set the tone for the day. I felt in control and unstoppable.

5. I didn't over-commit myself to others. I kept my schedule well this week and because of that, I felt less stressed. Therefore, no stress-eating!

(Also, plenty of water and sleep helped during this first week "back at it", too.)

I remember many times throughout the past year, I would search back through my blog archives, in effort to find exactly what I ate to lose the weight before. I was becoming a little frustrated in my searching, not because of what I didn't find, but because of what I found. Instead of finding weeks where I would eat only healthy food; I found weeks where I ate everything that I wanted (the healthy and not-so-healthy stuff), just in moderation. That's the key though, no matter how many times I forget, moderation is the key.


For my future-self, and anyone else who may be interested, I'm going to share every single thing I ate this past week.

My personalized and current calorie range: 1610 - 1960 calories per day

Friday, October, 14, 2016: 1938 calories

Breakfast: 187 calories
- maple and brown sugar oatmeal with a side of raspberries and coffee with creamer

Lunch: 466 calories
- grilled chicken breast chunks with a side of corn, broccoli bites and sweet potato bites

Dinner: 905 calories
- homemade bacon chicken ranch pizza on naan bread

Snack: 380 calories
- nestle raisenets chocolate covered raisens

Saturday, October 15, 2016: 1953 calories

Breakfast: 294 calories
- poached egg with side of skillet potatoes, one sausage patty and a slice of wheat toast

Lunch: 551 calories
- KFC chicken tenders, coleslaw and homemade mac n cheese

Dinner: 497 calories
- homemade chicken ranch pizza on naan bread and concord grape wine

Snack: 612 calories
- dark chocolate, slice of white cake with white frosting (at lunch party), fit and active spinach and cheese pretzel stuffed sandwich

Sunday, October 16, 2016: 1413 calories

Brunch: 555 calories
- 8 oz. steak, one burger patty, half cup of green beans and roasted radishes in olive oil

Dinner: 744 calories
- aldi's biscuits, chicken salad with ranch, homemade mac n cheese and concord grape wine

Snack: 114 calories
- dark chocolate

Monday, October 17, 2016: 1955 calories

Breakfast: 240 calories
- 1/2 bagel with cream cheese and coffee with creamer

Lunch: 582 calories
- chicken fries with ranch, homemade mac n cheese and 2 squares of dark chocolate

Dinner: 942 calories
- italian combo sub with creamy italian and mayo

Snack: 190 calories
- tbsp of cream cheese frosting (just needed a taste!) and 3/4 cup mandarin oranges

Tuesday, October 18, 2016: 1763 calories

Breakfast: 310 calories
- 1/2 bagel with cream cheese and coffee with creamer x2

Lunch: 265 calories
- baked tilapia with side of broccoli bites

Dinner: 960 calories
- 4 slices of little caesars pizza

Snack: 228 calories
- 4 squares of dark chocolate

Wednesday, October 19, 2016: 1634 calories

Breakfast: 228 calories
- two slices of turkey bacon, scrambled egg and egg white, and coffee with creamer

Lunch: 465 calories
- fit and active cranberry chicken quinoa and sienna bakery oatmeal walnut raisen cookie

Dinner: 561 calories
- 2 cups ground turkey brussels sprout skillet and 3/4 cup of rice

Snack: 380 calories
- fit and active spinach and cheese pretzel stuffed sandwich and dark chocolate

Thursday, October 20, 2016: 1902 calories

Breakfast: 240 calories
- 4 slices turkey bacon and coffee with creamer x2

Lunch: 445 calories
- grilled chicken strip with ranch, 1/2 mac n cheese cup and dark chocolate

Dinner: 647 calories
- 8 oz slow cooker pork with pineapple and 1/2 cup of rice

Snack: 570 calories
- 3 miniature reese peanut butter cups, 3/4 cup ground turkey brussels sprout skillet and 1 cup rice

Disclaimer: (1) I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. (2) All that I've shared is not intended to be used as a "meal plan" of which you can follow. I have shared this with you to prove to you and my future-self that you don't have to drink brand-name shakes, or do any form of super-restrictive dieting to lose weight. If you do those things, chances are you may gain the weight back when you re-introduce the things you've restricted yourself from (been there, done that, many many years ago). In my experience, when you're first starting out, it can be enough to just watch your portions and stay within your own set limit of calories for the day. Of course, everyone is different and please don't change your diet without consulting with a physician, first.