I’m Pleasantly Surprised, I Lost 2 lbs!

It is a lovely morning after all!  This is the end of the first week of getting back to a healthy eating lifestyle, actually it is the beginning of the second week.  I have spent two days thinking about how I was going to write this post and explain that I did not take my own advice and therefore I didn’t lose any pounds or one at the most.  I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I have lost two pounds!

At the end of week one I now weigh 148 lbs.  I was going to put a new photo of me every week showing my weight loss but that is kind of silly because you would not be able to see the difference every week.  I have decided that I will do a new photo once a  month in the same clothes as the original photo.

So here is why I thought I did not lose any weight – I did not follow my own advice.  I did not drink enough water, only two bottles a day, which equals 4 glasses of water.  I should be drinking 8 glasses of water.  I knew I would have to build up to it, but thought I would at least get up to 6 glasses of water a day.  I can use the excuse that it is so much colder outside than it has ever been before.  It is well below zero and for my town, that is very unusual.  However, that is outside.  I sit inside, in a nice warm house so really, it is no excuse.  Second reason I thought I failed is because I ate so many carbohydrates.  I was trying to cut back on them but I ended up having French fries (although on their own so that does make a difference, and no gravy.)  I also had popcorn twice, with margarine added.  Popcorn on its own is okay, but adding margarine really increases the fat and calories.  I also snacked on crackers a couple of times instead of vegetables or fruit.

Even if I had not lost any weight I would not have considered it a total fail because I did stay (most days) under 1200 calories.  I did not eat any potato chips or chocolate bars.  I did get up in the middle of the night one night looking for something to snack on and I discovered some lovely scotch mints in the cupboard.  I thought they only had about 5 calories per mint so each time I got up I helped myself to three mints.  That would only have totalled 15 calories.  Through the night I got up three times so that means I helped myself to nine scotch mints.  The next morning I looked at the bag to double-check the calorie count.  Oh…my…gosh!!! There are 150 calories in 12 scotch mints.  I had eaten nine when I was least active.  That means I had eaten about 125 calories overnight!  Lesson learned.  Next time I reach for carrots.  Needless to say, I finished the bag of mints the next day and won’t have any more temptations.  I wondered if I should add the 125 calories to the previous day or the current day.  I decided I wouldn’t add them to either day since I was supposed to be sleeping anyway, so it didn’t really count! lol! My logic!  We have to learn not to be too hard on ourselves.

My goals this week;

  • Increase my water in-take.
  • Decrease amount of tea with milk
  • Decrease amount of carbohydrates
  • Eliminate scotch mints lol!
  • Eat more Protein and Fibre

If I am up to it I will add the Latin Dancercise (in the privacy of my own home.)

I’m starting the morning of week two with 1 bottle of water before I even have a cup of tea!  That should help keep me on the right track, right?

One thing I consider when I’m first starting to lose weight is the first five or ten lbs is going to be the easiest to get off.  The way my brain works tells me, the last few pounds I have put on haven’t had time to get attached to my body yet so they won’t put up much of a fight to leave my body.  The pounds that have been there for a while will be more stubborn and I’m going to have to try harder to get them unattached.  My brain works in mysterious ways!

May your week be filled with goodness,

I’m Frazzled Again.

photo from www.pixabay.com



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