managing and weekly reflections: 12/7 – 12/14

Change in weight (12/7/20 – 12/14/20):  -1.2 LBS

Last week I said I wanted to manage December and not have it manage me. Well I am off to a good start. I dropped 1.2 pounds this week and was far more diligent about controlling my intake. I was excited to step on the scale this morning! And I am excited to recount my successes over the past week!

this girl keeps me moving

Right after I wrote last week’s post, I failed Monday and Tuesday with keeping my eating in check, but I snapped out of it and buckled down. More veggies, smaller portions, fewer second servings. I tried to keep a better conscious understanding of my daily activity and eating. This worked. I have found myself slipping in and out of autopilot over the past few weeks. This autopilot has sometimes been set… let’s just say above the speed limit. The feelings of “maybe my weekly marginal changes are just going to be tiny from now on if I want to still enjoy myself” were creeping in. But I again have shown myself that I just need to stay conscious of it all. Just be aware. Just be present. Don’t fall into mindless habits.

This week saw some awesome workouts, too. I PR’ed a 45 minute ride and felt stronger than I ever have. Every day, every walk, every step, and with every decision, my head holds higher, I walk with more confidence, I feel strong, and I feel like I am in control.

beyond proud of this

This coming week I plan on doing the same. We tried to work more veggies into our meal plan. When I want to have seconds, I am going to try and have seconds of veggies first. I want to fill up on roasted broccoli and salad before I fill up on whatever else is with the meal. I want to get better at this strategy so we can expand our meals using the rule of moderation. I can make baked mac and cheese, and eat it in moderation. I can have my comfort foods, and eat them in moderation. This has been difficult thus far. I have avoided many dishes as I do not have faith in my self control.

So this week we planned the following:

Breakfast: Eggs, broccoli, chicken sausage scramble
Toast or yogurts

Lunches: Turkey meatballs and pasta.

Dinners: Chicken parm with roasted broccoli and roasted carrots
Spinach stuffed chicken with side salad

I am omitting the pasta from the chicken parmesan and just having a lot of veggies. I am hoping this will feel right and I can find that groove.

I am starting to plan for Christmas and New Years. We are not doing anything with groups of people, but I will still celebrate. Every year I make my grandfather’s homemade eggnog recipe and that will continue on. I am also looking for some other cocktail inspiration in this time of joy. I love this time of year because I am reminded of everything we still have and we can be. As I get ready to celebrate this Christmas, which is so beautiful and important to me and my faith, I can celebrate new life and also a new me.

Leave a like or a comment. What is your favorite comfort food? What is your favorite holiday cocktail?

How did I do on last weeks action plan?:

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 run. Attained
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat) Attained
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. Partially Attained.
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc. Attained
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri). Not Attained
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days. Attained
  7. Track every bite. Attained
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day. Attained
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions. Attained

Action Plan

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 misc ride, 1 run.
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat)
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. 2400 Calories per day, max.
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri)
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days
  7. Track every bite
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions

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DateChange in Weight
12/1*
12/2*-5.4 lbs
12/9-5.4 lbs
12/16-3.4 lbs
12/23+2.8 lbs
12/29-1.2 lbs
1/6-1.4 lbs
1/13-1.6 lbs
1/20-1.4 lbs
1/27+0.4 lbs
2/3-1.2 lbs
2/10-4.6 lbs
2/17+0.4 lbs
2/24-1.6 lbs
3/2-3.2 lbs
3/9+1.8 lbs
3/16-3.2 lbs
3/23-0.6 lbs
3/30+0.4 lbs
4/6-1.6 lbs
4/13+0.8 lbs
4/20-1.8 lbs
4/270 lbs
5/4+2.4 lbs
5/11-5.2 lbs
5/180 lbs
5/25-1.0 lbs
6/1-1.2 lbs
6/8-0.4 lbs
6/15-0.8 lbs
6/22+0.8 lbs
6/29-1.4 lbs
7/6-2.4 lbs
7/13+2.4 lbs
7/20-1.6 lbs
7/27-0.4 lbs
8/3-1.2 lbs
8/10+0.4 lbs
8/17-1.4 lbs
8/24-1.4 lbs
8/31-0.2 lbs
9/7-0.6 lbs
9/14-1.4 lbs
9/21+0.2 lbs
9/28-1.8 lbs
10/5-0.2 lbs
10/12-1.0 lbs
10/19-1.0 lbs
10/26+0.8 lbs
11/2-1.4 lbs
11/9+2.0 lbs
11/16-1.8 lbs
11/23-0.4 lbs
11/30+0.2 lbs
12/7-0.2 lbs
12/14-1.2 lbs

* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning

-Ben

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