Crazy, busy week!

Well, I guess I’m discovering this week, that I don’t always have time to be a blogger.  This week, with me still adjusting to my new job and new schedule, Landon’s very first week of daycare, three mid-terms and all that, well, let’s just say it has been a long week! It’s been a good week in a lot of ways, but it has really been action-packed.  I think as we all get adjusted to the changes, things will start to flow a bit more smoothly but in the meantime, we’re just having to rise to the challenge.

SO, today is day 13 of my new nutrition plan, and I am still hanging in there – I’m sticking with it, and still going strong.  Last night, Justin and I had a date night, and I ordered a steak salad with the dressing on the side and had them hold the fried onions they usually put on it.  I just drizzled about a teaspoon of the dressing (balsamic vinaigrette) on it.  It was really really good, and I actually couldn’t eat all of it – I ate about 3/4 of it.  I did also have one glass of red wine, which is the only alcohol I’ve had since I started this.  It was nice, but honestly, I really could have done without it.  In the spirit of date night, we wanted to celebrate a little, so that’s why I had it, but I was surprisingly indifferent to it.  If you know me well, you know that usually, wine is everything.

Aside from the lingering effects of this damn cold I’ve been dealing with, I feel really great.  I’m noticing things that I really like.  For example, my upper arms don’t jiggle anymore, the waistbands of my pants aren’t tight (some of them are actually getting loose enough that I won’t be able to wear them much longer), and that little roll that used to be there in the back, between the bottom of my bra strap and my waist is GONE.  So that is all just absolutely great.  My weight seems to have been at a plateau over the past couple of days.  It hasn’t increased, but it hasn’t decreased either.  I’m still having a lot of sore throat, productive cough, sinus congestion-type symptoms, so I think there’s a lot of inflammation going on in my body right now.  Plus the stress – it has been a really stressful week and that’s not good for weight loss either.  But, with that being said, I’m still thrilled with the progress and I’m LOVING the way I’m starting to look.

I’m also wondering if it was a good idea to have pork in most of my lean and green meals this week – maybe there was too much fat in that, even though it was pretty lean pork.  I think for this next week, I’m going to go back to salmon and maybe make some turkey burgers or turkey loaf for my lean and greens and see what effect that has.  Next week should be a bit easier as well.  The cold should be completely gone, and we’ll be more into our new routine.  Also, as I learn the ropes at my new job, it just gets easier and easier – so overall, the stress will be less.  So, we shall see what next week holds for me – in the meantime, I am just really proud of the results I’ve achieved so far.  It’s only been 13 days, and I’ve lost just under 10 pounds already!  And more importantly, I don’t feel fat and unhealthy anymore.  I just feel really good about where I’m at now and where I know I’m headed.

My intention tonight was to keep this short – this weekend, we will do measurements and body fat% and all that again, so that should be pretty interesting.  Lean and greens for the week will be prepared on Sunday and I’ll post photos of that stuff then.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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