We made it through another week ladies! I feel like I did much better this week than last. Oh sure, I had my moments. Like today when I went to Whataburger and ate a cheeseburger instead of a salad. And that evil friend who left a bag of Halloween treats on our door? Not helpful (but delicious!). But I also made many good choices. And I'm more and more convinced that small choices made each day will add up to make a big difference. I'm not looking for some radical, dramatic change this time. I think that's a pretty healthy attitude.
My best moment was Wednesday night. We had a potluck dinner at a couple's house from church. Well, I guess you could call it a potluck but we ordered pizza, OK? I brought bag salad along and ate some of that with my piece of pizza. THEN, just as I was about to get up and get seconds on the pizza, someone showed up late with the best looking salad I have ever seen. So, I had salad for my second helping instead of pizza. I was so proud of myself, I celebrated with a brownie for dessert. But can I tell you how much different my menu would have been even 1 month ago? Trust me. ONE piece of pizza and ONE brownie are not my usual numbers!
Speaking of numbers, I measured myself today and even though I know the accuracy of my measuring is not scientific, I have lost 1 inch in my hips and 1 inch around my middle! I have also lost 1/2" in a few other places and I had to tighten up my bra this week. That made me pretty happy! Then, when S got home from work today, he hugged me and said, "You feel smaller." That made me REALLY happy! I told him I was inches smaller than a few weeks ago! (Edited to add: I just measure this morning and I have lost 4 1/2 inches total!)
Still, my clothes fit. But soon. Soon. Small choices every day. Repeat.
OK, about these snacks. When Karly and I first started this weight loss journey I was really concerned about what I would snack on. What I can't believe now is that I hardly think about snacks anymore. If I'm really hungry I get something. But a lot of times I look at the clock and say, "It's already after 4:00. Surely I can wait until supper." I'm not saying I don't snack...I'm just realizing how much mental energy I used to spend on food!
I do like to make sure I have some chocolate around. I feel very deprived if I don't have some chocolate. I have bought some Weight Watchers brand chocolate cakes, Oreo 100 calorie packs, and Weight Watchers ice cream bars. (Not all at once!) Other than that, I try to just grab 4 or 5 Triscuits, a handful of baked tortilla chips with salsa, Weight Watchers yogurt, or sometimes I just drink tea. I have found if I keep drinking all day then I am not as hungry. When you stop sucking down 44 ounces of empty calories (Sonic anyone?), you actually feel hunger and thirst and can respond to them! What a concept.
Oh yes, I said I would try to walk 2 times this week. Well, we went to the zoo on Monday and that totally counts as 2 walks because there was a LOT of walking involved. While pulling a wagon with an ice chest and/or a 3o+ pound 4 year old in it. Also a few times this week we just stepped outside and walked down the block and back. Not at a fast pace, but just to get out and move.
So, it was a pretty good week. Now I can't wait to hear how everyone else is doing because it is SO encouraging to know others are doing this too! And I want to hear about the things you are doing because I get good ideas from you people. So, thanks for playing along.
Next week's topic will be about exercise. I'll give you more details over the weekend, OK? :)