Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Katie: Week 9

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Here we are at week numero nineo...

Current weight: 152 pounds
Last week's weight: 153 pounds
Total weight loss: 18 pounds

Pictures: Week 9

Week 7

Week 1:

Umm... I'll try harder this week. 

This past week has been a weird week as far as fitness and healthy eating and everything goes.  Mostly I have just still not been feeling very motivated, but on top of that, I was feeling pretty sick from Saturday night until Monday morning.  It wasn't anything serious, but I was pretty queasy and ended the whole thing with a stuffed up nose.  I am very happy to report that I miraculously started feeling totally fine again yesterday and I seem to officially be over whatever bug I got.  Thank goodness.  However, this short sickness combined with my total lack of motivation resulted in some pretty lame exercising going on this week, ending in not exercising at all yesterday since I was busy most of the day with something and then had a headache last night when I might have done an exercise video or something.  Man, I sound like such a whiner.  Haha.  Sorry.  Anyway, the point is that I was really lame this past week.  My apologies.

Now on to the weekly recap of my rules.

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).

My latest fake dessert is having chocolate graham crackers (they are about the same-- or better in some categories-- as regular graham crackers) with crunchy peanut butter on top.  Yum.  Even Bryan eats these.  And, no, I did not have any ice cream even though I really wanted some to settle my tummy and cool my throat when I wasn't feeling good.

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.

Nope, didn't eat out this week.  At least I did one thing right!  Yay!

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. 

Despite being somewhat busy this week, Bryan and I did manage to make home-cooked dinners every night.  I've even been so ambitious as to make homemade pizza crust a couple of times lately so we can have pizza.  Yum.  Although I really can't take all the credit--Bryan is usually the dinner chef around here.

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

I am happy to report that we have cherry tomatoes on hand.  And carrot juice was on sale for $1 off at the store the last time we went, so I stocked up.  It's always great when things you were going to buy anyway are on sale.

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

So I wrote everything down but... well... I'll get into my major scolding for the week in the usual #8 slot.

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.

Like I said, I was mega lame this week.  The good news is, for the study I'm participating in I got put in the strength training group (lifting weights) and so I have to go twice a week to lift weights now.  And that's a good thing.
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 have been much, much better about water this week.  I was super bad about it yesterday, but yesterday was kind of an off day all together, so let's just say that, in general, I seem to be resurrecting my good water-drinking habits. 

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.

Okay.  Listen.  I am terrible at this.  It is not fun.  And sometimes I hate it.  In order to do it correctly and have it be worthwhile, it has to be done right before I go to bed when I'm for sure not going to eat or drink anything else.  And so it's usually late by the time I even think about doing it.  And by then I just want to go to bed.  And while Bryan is a very very very good husband when it comes to supporting me in these goals of mine, he is none too keen on me staying up five more minutes when we're already tired just to enter in my foods.  And so I am quite ashamed to say that I don't think I entered in ANYTHING this week.  Yes, it is sad and shameful indeed.  And so this week I'm going to try to reconcile this by saying that I promise to catch up on last week's and enter it all in today.  And I'm going to try entering things in the following morning instead of at night.  Deal?  Deal.  And unless there is some terrible misfortune or something, I PROMISE to not get behind again this week.  Because I really can't continue being so terrible about this.  Anybody want to reward me somehow if I report (accurately) next week that I entered in my foods every day? 

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

Umm... I am starting to come to the realization that perhaps there has been a problem here all along and I have been in denial of it.  I really think I'm going to have to set a timer.  I will be doing that this week.  Wish me luck in trying to think of things to keep myself busy when I'm stuck inside while my daughter is napping.  I think that is the cause of my downfall here.

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

Yes!  The second thing I did right this week!

Well, I'm really close to my halfway goal.  Please feel free to help me think of some reward I could give myself if I buckle down and report back next week with a weight of 150 pounds or less.  I am in serious need of motivation here.  If I think of anything great or if I love any ideas you may give me in the comments here, I will update later on today and let you know.

Have a great week!
P.S.  (I thought of this when I was putting the label on my post just now.) Fun fact of the week: did you know that my mom and I actually have the same first name?  Can you guess what it is?


Whitney said...


Even if last week wasn't the best week for you, it still sounds like you are making lifestyle changes that will be beneficial in the long run. Its okay to have rough weeks.

As far as a reward, I would try to stick with something somewhat related to what youre doing... you're improving your health and appearance so what about something like... say a hair cut (though I think you just got one) or maybe take yourself shopping to get a new dress or outfit (if money permits) or some type of pampering to relax you and make you feel good, ya know? maybe have a girls night and have a spa night or something?

definitely reward yourself, you deserve it!

Kathy Haynie said...

Your week sounds perfectly normal for week 9, to me. (Probably because I'm having one of those weeks, too!) You continue to head in the right direction, though, and give yourself a break - you lost another pound! Yay!!

Rewards? Motivations? For me, I'm going thrift store shopping when I reach 140. My pants are starting to get a little baggy.

Hmmm...I have something cool in mind to put in the mail to you when you hit 150!

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

Ah, somehow I accidently deleted my comment. I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your lesson on Sunday (especially the part about how we have agency to CHOOSE to be healthy). I went on facebook to tell you, then saw the link to your blog and am so impressed with all your goals! I've been having a hard time losing the baby weight, too (chocolate is my downfall :)), and you've given me some great ideas! Thanks for the motivation :)
-Jessica Argyle

Lisa Lou said...

Why yes, I did know that!
And, I think a lot of people are suffering from mid-winter blahs right now...I know I am.

I like Whitney's idea of a spa/pamper night. Paint toe-nails, watch You've Got Mail, eat hummus and cucumbers and pita bread...

Marae Lindsey said...

giirrrl. NICE WORK. you might feel like you are lacking motivation and getting nowhere, but do you realize how great of a feat it is to have actually stuck to it this long? that in itself is quite incredible.

i think rewards are great and fun and should be done and all, but for motivation, i think nothing beats just getting excited about it all again. liiike...get out your old clothes and pick your favorites, think about living in them again, make outfits, etc. Look at pictures of skinnier days. Maybe see if you have a picture-taking friend and plan to get family photos sometime in the summer, then plan where they'll be, what you'll wear... Or just find anything that's exciting and distracting and let that motivate you and remind you to work for it.

And, maybe entering your food data in the morning from the day before would work? Sounds so tedious...way to keep it up!

Patricia said...

Way to go, Katie! Every pound counts! And you've lost 18!! That's really great. You are doing this!

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