This week was one of the hardest in terms of the whole “sugar free” challenge. You’d be surprised where added sugar is hiding. I was pretty disappointed over the fact that I didn’t get to drink my Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino protein drink (40g added sugar PER SERVING… there’s two servings per bottle, whaaaaat).
I haven’t missed a workout yet, which I’m pretty pleased about – though I think yesterday’s ab session was a little meh, due to my anxiety being absolutely insane. Before I get into my measurements and weight, I wanted to share the workouts I did this week (and will do today).
Monday and Tuesday are already logged, of course.
Wednesday I did my Upper Body Slay (and I have that planned for today as well)
Thursday I did the same as Tuesday’s workout, except with less oomph.
Now it’s time to get into what we’ve all be waiting for. My weight: it flickered between 154 and 156. Af first I was worried because…. um… hello, I’ve been working out, moving more, sorta sleeping regularly. But I gained? Then it sunk in… dude, you’ve been working out. Weighted workouts, resistance, cardio. Of course you gained. Your muscles are probably growing, silly! Admittedly I haven’t eaten much this week, which is a problem that I need to sort out as well.
So while I lost fat in my arms (thank goodness), I gained muscle in my legs! I’ve been doing a lot more kitchen cardio and I walk outdoors when I can.
Inches: -1.5 (overall)
I’m feeling a lot more motivated seeing that progress, but the biggest challenge is going to be NOT OBSESSING.
This week is the last week I’ll be doing “measure-in Mondays”. No, I’m not going to stop tracking my progress, but I AM switching from measuring on Monday to measuring on Friday!
My husband brought up a really good point on tracking progress, and how the weekend may come with some bloat (I’m terrible at tracking my water which tends to result in bloating).
Since today is Friday – and officially the last day of Summer, woohoo, bring on pumpkin flavored everything – it’s time to measure! The past three weeks I’ve seen an overall loss of 2.5 inches. Since Monday, I’ve seen a loss of 1/2 an inch.
My Fall quarterly goal (September/October/November) was to lose 2 inches around my hips, and I’m half of an inch from meeting that goal. It’s not even October yet!
Keep in mind, I haven’t really restricted anything except for not eating Taco Bell at the frequency I had been, which was twice or thrice a month. I also don’t generally eat red meat, but I had steak last week and I had regular bacon yesterday morning.
I’m also getting at least 6 hours of sleep at night, I’ve been doing stretches in the morning and evening, I’m tracking my water and meeting that goal almost every single day, and I’ve removed a lot of stressors that prevented me from losing fat this past summer.
It’s a slow process, but it is still going! Thank you for all of you who have stuck by me on this journey, and have an amazing weekend!
One of the things I absolutely love to tell all of my friends and folks who watch my youtube is this: weight loss is strictly dependent on calories in versus calories out. If you consume X amount of calories, you need to burn off more than that in order to lose weight – whether that’s fat loss or otherwise.
Everyone knows the holidays are a time of indulgence, and often times weight gain. There are a plethora of reasons that people gain weight during the holidays – stress, work overload, difficulty managing time, the weather, etc.
One of the biggest worries I hear about is the holiday feasts causing issues in a person’s diet. The very first thing I want to tell you is this: If you’re eating well 80% of the time and exercising as much as you feel you can, then those dinners are not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re still having trouble, here are some helpful tips to maneuver around that:
- Fill your plate with a little bit of everything. Starches, greens, turkey or ham (both, if you like), cranberry sauce.
- Take your time to eat what you can off of your plate
- Still hungry? Go for seconds.
- Listen to your body when it says “Whooooaaa!”
- When it’s time for dessert, pick one or a little bit of all.
That sounds simple, right? It’s what you would tell a kid, so why are we any different? Besides having the full capacity to choose what we want, we aren’t different. The conversation you can engage in between dinner and dessert will give your body time to make room.
If all else fails and you still feel like a blimp by the end of the night, you can always wake up for some cardio the next morning!
The most important thing I want everyone reading this to know is that you are allowed to indulge during the holidays – and all year round! It’s hard to get into the habit of healthy eating, and it’s even harder to get into the habit of telling yourself it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, but you will be exponentially happier when you can form that habit!
If it helps, ask yourself if what you are doing is hurting you, or fueling you. (Here’s the secret: any food can fuel you in a reasonable amount, but it’s up to you to decide where the point is from helpful to harmful.)