One Week In!

Today is kind of an exciting day, because it has been exactly one week since I began this weight loss journey.  In some ways, it has been a very long, and honestly, kind of a trying week.  There have definitely been ups and downs.  Overall though, I am completely amazed at the results so far and REALLY excited for the days to come.  I’ve made so much progress already, I can’t wait to see where I’m at next week and the week after that.  Setting aside all of the circumstances outside of the actual nutrition plan that have been at play this week, I can say honestly that this, so far, has been challenging at times, but not as challenging as I thought it would be.  Especially at first, I did feel hungry quite a bit.  I think it took about 4 days for that to really stop being an issue.  Today, I really didn’t have any trouble with hunger – and whenever I did feel hungry, it was time for me to eat something anyway.  So, I’m hoping that means that its going to be easier from here as far as hunger goes.  Aside from having a cold – which is getting a lot better – I feel good.  I’m surprised at how much energy I have, actually.  That, however, is something that has improved over the course of the week as well.  It took a little time for my body to adjust to the changes, but now that there’s only good stuff going into me and I’ve gotten used to how that feels,  I really think I would really, really feel bad if I ate something crappy.  The same goes for alcohol – being the habitual wine drinker that I have been, I really thought going without alcohol entirely would be hard, but it actually hasn’t been hard at all – for the same reason – I feel really good physically, and I’m afraid that alcohol would mess that up, so I don’t really want it. (not too much, anyway – there have been moments this week where I did miss it a little bit – check yesterday’s blog)

So, let’s talk about my results so far!  Last Saturday, on 9/30, I weighed 167.8 pounds, my body fat was at 31.5%, my BMI was 26.3, we took measurements all over, but my bust, waist and hips were: 39-36.25-42.5.  Today, I weigh 162.0 pounds, my body fat is 29.1%, my BMI is 25.4, and my bust, waist and hips are: 39-35.75-41.5.  SO in just one week, I have lost 5.8 pounds, my body fat has dropped by 2.4%, and I’ve eliminated a total of 4 inches in my measurements.  I think that’s pretty awesome, and like I said, I’m really excited to see where I’m at in another week.

Today, I did all my meal preparation for the week.  I had some pork tenderloin and some chicken breast in the freezer, so I used that, along with the vegetables that I had on hand to make six meals:

There is just something so satisfying about preparing all those meals every week and having them all packed up and ready to go in the fridge.  I really love it! 🙂  So here’s what I made this week:

day 8-3

This is just simply 6oz of seasoned chicken breast, cooked in a cast iron skillet with some cooking spray, along with 3 cups of romaine lettuce.  I made two of these, and I ate one for dinner tonight.  While I was heating the chicken in the microwave, I squeezed the lemon juice on the lettuce, along with a little salt and a lot of pepper.  I have always put salad dressing on salads without even thinking about it – and if you want to give yourself a shock, take a look at the calories in most salad dressings – but I am really amazed at how delicious just lemon and pepper on salad is.  I’m not kidding – just as good as any salad dressing, as far as I’m concerned.  Especially when combined with the flavor of the chicken.  I like how being on this nutrition plan has made me really evaluate my eating habits and realize just how much I have been missing out on the natural flavor of good food by automatically smothering it in things like dressing, gravy and sauce.  I thought that this meal was both filling and yummy and I’m looking forward to eating it again. Anyway….here are the other meals I made:

day 8-4

This is 5 oz of lean pork, cooked the same way as the chicken, with 1 cup of cooked spinach and 1/2 cup of diced fresh tomatoes.

day 8-5

5 oz of lean pork with 1 1/2 cups of green beans that I picked from the garden this morning.

day 8-6

5 oz of lean pork with 1 1/2 cups of steamed broccoli

day 8-7

5 oz of lean pork with 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli and a salad of 1 cup of romaine lettuce and 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes.

For my other food today, I only had one thing that I haven’t had before:

day 8-1

This is a “Caramel Delight Crisp Bar” and MAN! this was good – see all that caramel on it? It was so good – I really liked this bar. It is 110 calories, 11g protein, 2g sugar.  I ate that at around 7am, then I had the chocolate chip pancake at around 9:30, the rustic tomato penne at around 11, a strawberry shake at around 1:30, the honey mustard sticks at around 3:30 and then I ate my chicken salad at around 5:30.  It is just after 8pm as I’m writing this, and I am not in the least bit hungry.  (If you want to see photos/details about the other food I just mentioned, look back at blogs from earlier this week – its all there)

So, there’s week one in the books! I’m happy to say that I am feeling WAYYYY better than I was feeling for the past couple of days, and I’m looking forward to week two!  Bring it on!

 

 

 

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