This was a tough week. It was a high stress week and although a lot went well, it was just a tough week. I can’t dive into too much, but some weeks just remind you of how necessary balance is when things get stressful. How important it is to put your family first, to leave work at work, and to make your health and wellness a priority.
The overall vibe of the week has left me feeling pretty wiped out, but looking back, I feel like I did a really good job considering. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like it was a bad week on the weight loss and fitness front, but then you look back and realize that you did the best you could given the variables added to the week. It’s a week I’m happy to see come to an end and I know I need to use the weekend to recharge and to organize myself for the next few months. I’m looking forward to spending a few days with Magnolia and to the family we have coming into town.
I am proud of myself for not eating my feelings this week. I definitely craved sugar this week, whether due to hormones or stress, and I used a lot more weeklies than I have in previous weeks. I used my weeklies on desserts (Yasso ice cream, yogurts, and homemade brownies) and on meals out with family and co-workers.
Friday – 43/40 (used 3 weeklies)
Saturday – 40/40
Sunday – 45/40 (used 5 weeklies)
Monday – 43/40 (used 3 weeklies)
Tuesday – 49/40 (used 9 weeklies)
Wednesday – 48/40 (used 8 weeklies)
Thursday – 50/40 (used 10 weeklies)
Looking back, I ate out a lot this week. I didn’t realize it until now, but I ate out Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. That’s 5/7 days. The awesome thing is that I tracked everything and I fit my meals, whether made at home or enjoyed at a restaurant, into my Points. I don’t regret one meal and I’m glad I used my Weekly Points to eat a little extra, especially with the cravings I had. I’m proud of myself for listening to my body, for eating what I wanted, and for keeping my meals within my Points.
Friday – Lunch with a co-worker on campus 26sp
Saturday – Breakfast at Ted’s Bulletin 19sp
Sunday – 1 slice of Costco cheese pizza 22sp
Wednesday – Lunch with a co-worker on campus 24sp
Thursday – Lunch with co-workers at Lost Dog Cafe 38sp
One thing I will do differently next week is to pack more filling lunches for the work week. I made another batch of my eggplant stir fry on Sunday, but didn’t realize we were out of brown rice. Eating only eggplant, yogurt, and a 100 calorie cashew pack for lunch left me super hungry by 3PM. Eating Zoodles and chicken sausage for other meals wasn’t filling either, so I struggled with being hungry quite a few times this week. It’s my own fault, but the work week was hectic enough that I couldn’t get back out to the store for more groceries. I just rolled with it and ate more when I got home. I just didn’t like how I felt each day. I was hungry and had low energy.
I’m glad I was able to get 3 OrangeTheory workouts in this week (Friday, Monday, and Wednesday) and made a point to get my steps in most days. Even just for stress relief. Tuesday is always my toughest day, as I work until 7PM and take the day off from working out.
Friday – 11,659 steps
Saturday – 8,634 steps
Sunday – 10,369 steps
Monday – 6,746 steps (battery died halfway through the day and had to recharge)
Tuesday – 2,792 steps
Wednesday – 11,510 steps
Thursday – 8,441 steps
My workouts at OrangeTheory this week weren’t amazing, but I’m so glad I went and gave it my all. My knee (torn meniscus) has been giving me grief, so I’ve had to back off from my running the past 2 weeks. I really miss being able to give it my all on the treadmill, but I want to avoid surgery, at least for now, so backing off is the smartest thing.
All in all, I’m proud of the workouts I was able to do and for getting up at 4:15AM 3 mornings. My Wednesday morning wake-up was rough, but I did it!
I did three things this week in order to invest in my own self care, outside of following Weight Watchers and working out. I made journaling, reading the Bible, and sitting down for breakfast a priority. Even if just for 10 minutes, that time in the morning renewed my spirit and gave me clarity for the day ahead. I’ve really enjoyed creating this me time and hope to continue it moving forward.
I also made a point to reconnect with friends I haven’t talked to in a few years. Sometimes you fall out of touch with friends, no matter the reason, and I’m really grateful to have been able to reconnect. It was so good for my soul and in some cases, allowed me to let go of situations that happened long ago.
Lastly, I went shopping! I’m on a budget, but I saved some money this month to spend on clothes. I bought 2 comfortable boyfriend t-shirts ($10 each) and this adorable black and eyelet dress ($34) at Old Navy. Buying a few new clothes, especially after loosing a little weight, was good for my mind, body, and soul. I felt really great trying on clothes and am really happy with what I bought.
I was really dreading today’s weigh-in. So much so that I considered not weighing in this week. I ended the week feeling blah and was scared to see what the scale would say, despite the fact that I had tracked everything and was able to get some great workouts in. My week just didn’t feel as strong as past weeks, but writing this post made me realize that I followed the Weight Watchers program really well, got great workouts in, and invested in my own self care. No matter what the scale said, I was proud of how I did considering how stressful the week was.
Starting weight: 254 pounds
Week 10 weight: 244.6
Week 10 results: -0.2
Total weight loss: -9.4 pounds
I was really happy to see myself maintain this week. Yes, I lost 0.2 pounds, but I essentially maintained. I was proud of that and am excited to move into week 11! We have family in town so I am going to take some time this weekend to plan out meals for the week ahead. I definitely need to prep my work lunches and want to have home cooked meals planned for Monday and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday I’m off to Chicago, so I’m not sure if I’ll weigh-in Wednesday morning or wait until Saturday morning. Either way, I hope to see a loss this next week and to hit the 10 pound mark.