Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Katie: Week 5

Welcome to week #5!

Current weight: 158 pounds
Last week's weight: 160 pounds
Total weight loss: 12 pounds

Yay!  Two pounds gone!  And good riddance!

Pictures: Week 5
Please excuse my totally weirdo hair.  We took these pictures literally minutes after I got up this morning before Bryan left for class.

Pictures:  Week 3

Week 1:

Okay, I won't always include every single gross picture of myself, but as soon as I put up the pictures from this week I found myself comparing the changes between all three sets of pictures.  So in case you want to do the same I thought I'd save you the trouble of having to look up an old post.  Anyway, let me know what you think.  If you think this is worth your time, then maybe when I post pictures I'll post the current week, the previous week, and the first week.  Or maybe that's what I'll do despite what you say.  Haha.

Anyway, I really can notice the difference this week.  Mostly I think it's encouraging to see all those wrinkles in my t-shirt where there used to be none.  That means my body isn't taking up so much room!  Yay!

Now on to the recap of my rules.  Sorry if this bores you.  I've thought a lot about skipping it, but it helps me remember my goals each week, assess how I did during the past week, and set my bearings for the week to come.  But please don't think I'm under the illusion that this is an exciting literary work.

My rules:
1. No Sweets!
Absolutely NO sugar sweets/junk/desserts/candy/etc. for three months (i.e. until April 1, 2010).  At that point I'll reassess and see if I can allow myself small things here and there or if I need to keep up the no sweets rule.  I will allow myself the occasional healthy dessert, but it will count as a processed snack (see below).

I've been holding strong.  Although my lovely sister-in-law Lisa (the triathlon woman) is taking us out to eat at The Cheesecake Factory this weekend.  And I really really really want cheesecake.  I still need to do my homework, but I've decided that if they have a fat free or sugar free option then I'm going to have one and count it as a snack instead of a sweet.  Just go with me on this one.

2. No Fast Food!
No fast food or eating out.  Period.  And if on the off chance I'm stranded somewhere or something and I have to get fast food I will order the healthiest thing.

Check.  And I will do my homework on The Cheesecake Factory.  Lisa said they even have a healthy options menu and that their salads are really good.  So I think I'll be okay.

3. Healthy Meals and Snacks!
Eat three healthy meals each day along with 2-4 healthy snacks, with no more than one processed snack (100 calorie packs, etc.) per day. 

This is also going well.  And I'd like to add some good news here: my appetite is getting smaller!  I feel like I'm eating hardly anything compared to the amount of food I was eating before.  In fact, it's pretty disgusting to think about.  

4. Fresh Foods!
Trade out cravings/impulses to eat granola bars and other processed snacks with fresh fruits and veggies.

I am now officially a carrot juice lover.  I would drink more than one cup a day if it weren't so expensive.

5. Keep Track!
Write down everything I eat in my food journal (a little notebook I can carry around and keep with me).

Wrote it all down.


6. Exercise 30 Minutes!
Exercise in some way for at least 30 minutes every day and write down what I did to exercise in my food journal.

Okay, well I'll start off by admitting that I only did Tighter Assets two times this week (my goal was 3 times), but I'm over it.  I'll try to shoot for 3 again this week.  I was going to do it last night, but I didn't get home until around 10:00pm and I decided I needed to be realistic and just go to bed.  So I counted my time walking around Target with Sarah as my 30 minutes of exercise and went to bed.  Fair enough, I say.  (By the way, there are some really amazing clearance sales on kids clothes at Target right now.  Pants for $1.00!  The big O will likely not need anymore pants until she's in 6T.)

7. Drink 80 Fluid Ounces!
Drink at least 80 fluid ounces of water every day and write down how much I drank in my food journal.

I was over 2 days this week, and under 5 days this week.  And the days I was under I was usually only about half way to my goal.  Eeek!  I will definitely be striving to do better in this area this week.


8. Balance Food Intake!
Enter the foods I eat each day into the Menu Planner on MyPyramid in order to make sure I'm getting a good balance of the foods I need.

I did sort of put off doing the whole assessment thing this week for a couple of days, but I caught up and it's all okay.  I'll try not to do that again this week.


9. Stay Active!
No sitting at the computer/TV for more than an hour (or one movie) at a time.

Again, no real problems here.  

10. Get out!
Get out of the house at least once a day!

Did it!

Well, I feel like I'm making progress and seeing results.  I feel happy and healthy and pleased.  How are all of you doing with your goals?  I really would like to know.  Oh, and thanks to all of you who shared your inspiring thoughts this past Sunday.  I really loved reading them all.  They made me smile and I was feeling much less 63 by the end of the day.  Thanks for all your support and encouragement!  You guys rock!

Have a great week!


noworries said...

wow katie you look amazing you can really see a diffrence way to go. I am proud of you. You are doing great..

alee said...

Just make a deal before you get to The Cheesecake Factory that you will only eat half of whatever comes on your plate- all of their servings are huge! And YUM!

Katie said...

Good to know. Thanks for the heads up Alex.

Marae Lindsey said...

whoa huge difference! especially in the face. i like the week by week comparison pictures. i say that down the road you do first and current? or i've also seen side by side by side by side, but i don't know how to do dat. ben just saw that i wrote 'dat' and he whispered 'oh gosh' and went to lie down. even though he taught me that word.

anyway, nice job! yay for the wrinkles, and i like the rules recap every week.

Hillary said...

Oh how fun it is to see that much progress! I'm super duper impressed. And thank you for posting this week's, last week's, AND the first week's pictures. You're right. You saved me time because I didn't have to look them all up! :) Way to go Katie!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

The change is so impressive already! WAY TO GO!!! You are a true inspiration! ox

Anonymous said...

I can totally see a difference!! That's sooo awesome!! WAY TO GO GIRLFRIEND!!

Kendra and Jared said...

Congrats roomie! You're looking swell!

Kathy Haynie said...

I agree with the other comments - a noticeable change. No wonder you feel so good and healthy! In addition to the new wrinkles in the tee-shirt, you can see the difference in your face...and that's not just the different hair style.

I'm impressed with how you're sticking to your rules!

Mark and I often split a meal when we go out. Not only is it healthier, it's much more affordable. Another option is to ask the server to bring you a "doggie bag" (box) at the BEGINNING of the meal, and put half of it in before you even begin. You can ask the server to do that for you, if you want to. Then you have nice leftovers for you or Bryan the next day.

Richard and Emily said...

Good work Katie!

Mike said...

Katie you look great! Its amazing the changes that can some from putting your mind to do something.

Keep up the great work!

Sarah said...

Go Katie go!

Bryan Lewis said...

Yay Katie! I'm very proud of you! I know how hard it is to be motivated to be healthy a lot of the time, but it's all worth it.

Kendra Last-Bookartist said...

I can tell from your pictures and in person that your tummy is getting smaller! Yeah! I need to excersize with you because I feel like mine is getting bigger. Lets do tighter assests together tonight.

Greg said...

This is Trish. My comment is late--I haven't had time to look at blogs--but Congratulations!! That is so great. And I can see a big difference in the pictures! All your hard work is paying off!

my name is lauren. said...

katie! you look SO great! i can totally see the difference!

so proud of you friend!

and thanks for the sweet "i'm just saying hi" comment today. love you!

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