Well, its Sunday again, so we did my measurements and body fat AND, here’s where I’m at: my weight today is 155.8 lbs!! So, that’s 12 pounds in 21 days that I have lost, and 3.6 pounds since last Sunday. I’m thrilled with that! My body fat today was 26.8% – when I started on October 1st it was 31.5%. My bust/waist/hips on Oct 1 were 39/36.25/42.5 and today they are 38.5/34/40.75 and overall, I have eliminated a total of 10 inches in my total body measurements since October 1. My body mass index on October 1st was 26.3 (overweight) and today, its 24.4 (normal). My original goal was 145 pounds, so I have only 10.8 pounds to go – BUT, I know that those last 10 or 15 pounds can be the hardest to lose, so I expect that it might be a little slow from here. But we will see – I’m just going to keep sticking with it and see where I can get to a week from now.
So far, I would say the results are beyond my expectations. Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the weight loss that I’ve been able to achieve in 3 short weeks really seemed next to impossible before I started this program. SO, do I stand by this program? YES – without a doubt – I think that it has not only changed my weight, but its also changing my relationship with food and my habits in terms of nutrition. Is it easy? NO – its not easy – well, actually, sometimes it is – sometimes, it’s unbelievably easy. But sometimes its not. Sometimes, I’m in a bad mood and I want nachos and beer to make me feel better, and the fact that I know that I can’t have nachos and beer – and that if I did it wouldn’t make me feel better anyway, makes me mad.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week because I now have a few friends who are either in the process of doing this program or are thinking about starting it, and I’ve been talking to them about their struggles, their expectations, and their reasons for wanting to get healthier. And, so I will say this – there is no “quick fix” or easy solution to losing excess weight and developing healthy eating habits. It would be great if there was, but there just isn’t. It takes commitment to your goals and clarity on why you set them in the first place, and especially on certain days and at certain times, it takes grit – and lots of it.
What I love about this program in particular is that I know that, as long as I just stick with it, I will get the results I’m looking for. So, even though its hard sometimes, at least I know that it will be worth it as long as I just stay with it. Given that I have spent years trying various different things to lose weight and get healthier and have ended up with no results to speak of really, that is HUGE. So when I’m wanting nachos and beer, sure it’s annoying, but at least I know that if I get past that craving and stick with the plan, I will wake up the next morning with tangible evidence that I am that much closer to my goal. For me, that makes the tough times worthwhile.
SO! Today was meal prep day and here’s what I made:
I only made 5 pre-made meals this week because we are having a pumpkin-carving party on Friday, and I will be eating the white chicken chili that I make for the party that night, and I also plan to have one date night with my hubby this week so I will probably eat either a steak salad, or some sashimi on whatever night that ends up being. BUT I am excited about what I made today. The first photo is 6oz of boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1/2 cup of mushrooms and 1 cup of spinach. #2 is 6oz boneless skinless chicken breast with 1/2 cup of mushrooms and 1 cup of fresh diced tomates. #3 is 1 cup of zucchini “noodles” with 1/2 cup of sautéed tomatoes with garlic and basil and 7 oz of turkey meatballs made with 99% lean turkey – I made 2 of those. #4 is 7 oz of turkey meatballs with 1/2 cup zucchini and 1 cup of mushrooms. It just makes me feel so good throughout the week to know that I have these meals ready to go. I really look forward to them.
so here’s to another amazing week!!