Well, in spite of the word loss in this post title, I didn't lose any weight this week. Yes, I kept to my diet, and have more sore muscles than I thought possible, but still didn't lose even half a pound.
I suspect two things are at the root of this. 1) A friend shared her knowledge gained from watching the show The biggest Loser (I guess TV can teach you a few good things;) and said that no doubt my muscles are holding water because of the workout they've gotten from my Wii exercise routine.
It makes sense that they would get back at me in this way, because I never in my life have been so incredibly sore! I really am pacing myself. But doing things like the hula hoop at my stage of life is just shocking to the system,lol.
As far as the eating part goes, I admit that I probably cut too many calories in the beginning. Once you start to write your food intake down (which I highly recommend) you begin to see all the little odds and ends that creep into your eating. A bite of this, a bit of that. It all adds up rather quickly.
The second culprit is that my monthly *visitor* is here (I know, too much information; but we're all girls here.. I think) and it always adds 2-3 lbs to my weight. Which means I probably did lose a pound or more, but it won't actually show up until next week. So I'm hoping to see all my hard work pay off then.
I thought I'd mention a few things I do that help me to stick to my diet. 1) Lots of snacks. When I've dieted in the past, ALL I could think about was food, food, food. I mean obsessively. From the moment I woke up (around thinking of other things of course) until I went to bed. And in the evening when the kiddies were all tucked in bed was when food would call to me the loudest. If a diet doesn't allow snacks, it's 10 x harder for me to follow. But if I allow myself snacks whenever I please, it's completely manageable. It might not work for you, but it does for me:)
Some of my favorite diet (and non-diet) snacks: Raw almonds. A few diets ago, I started to realize that my low-fat dieting wasn't just cutting out the bad fat, but the good fat as well. I don't just want to be thin and fit (with emphasis on the fit) I also want to be healthy. I still eat low-fat cheese, ice-cream ect, but I make sure that I have a good balance going.
Back to the almonds. Costco has a big 3lb bag of these at a good price, so you don't have to go to an expensive health food store and put out a lot of money. Unless you don't have a Costco nearby; in which case, I just feel plain sorry for you. This is also a great snack for the kids. And it's good for them to learn to like them in the raw form, not processed with loads of salt and seasonings. Just a thought.
I'm also eating lots of baked apples. It's a great way to help curb that urge for something sweet. Just slice it up (in it's whole form it takes much longer to cook) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Then bake @400 degrees for about 20 minutes. It's like apple pie without the crust:)
I have to admit that I crave sweets especially bad this time of the month, so I will most likely let myself have a little cheat snack sometime today. You tend to appreciate those more when they're rare.
2) Drink, drink, drink. Okay, so we all know we should drink lots of water, diet or no diet. It does the body good. But it also helps curb your appetite. So I drink an 8 oz of water before each meal or snack. It doesn't take away my appetite, but I usually get full much quicker. And for a low-fat (though not neccesarily super-healthy) occasional appetite curb, drink a cup of hot chocolate. The diet version has only 25 calories. I admit I always add a little bit of Irish Cream syrup to mine; because I'm Irish... you'll have to come up with your own excuse for doing it,lol.
So those of you who said you wanted to jump on board with me for the next month in my weight loss challenge, go ahead and leave a comment with your weight loss for the week. Or lack of weight loss if you're like me:) If you're eating better, drinking more water, and exercising, it's really still a win-win situation regardless of whether you lost anything this week. And I'll just keep telling myself that...;)
Now about that GIVEAWAY... A real-life friend of mine (goes to my church in fact; which I guess would make it our church) is having a giveaway on her newest blog The Scrappy Frog (cute name, huh? I'm telling ya, this girl loves frogs). Though I own none of Jeanette's artwork myself (hint, hint) I have been able to view it at several baby showers. She produces adorable items in a wide variety of styles. So if you're looking for some excellent artwork for your kiddies room, she's the one to go to. She is giving away some original artwork (made to order) in this contest, and eventually hoping to sell online. So stop by her blog and sign up. And tell her mykidsmom sent you. And now I sound like a television commercial..lol.