Week 6 Weigh-In

Week 6 is over and I am down 1.7lbs, for a total of 6lbs.  After 2 1/2 weeks of being sick I am finally feeling well again…well, except for this lingering cough.

This week I am going to focus on exercising since I have pretty much lived on the couch the last couple weeks.  I am going to try to do 1 hour of cardio on 4 or 5 days and the other 2 or 3 days I will do a half hour of yoga or pilates.  I know that a lot of people give themselves a day or two of rest during the week, but I don’t do well with days off so that is why I am doing two or three days of a shorter, less intense workout.  When I take days off, I find it really hard to get back into the groove of things and since I know this I am just trying to avoid that problem.  I don’t know if this plan will work, but I guess I will find out.

In regards to my diet, I have now gone a few days without any diet soda and have not suffered any withdraw or cravings for it.  I don’t really crave breads, pastas, or potatoes anymore, but I am still craving sugar, which kind of sucks.  I have tried to make a couple treats with Splenda and liquid Stevia, but it doesn’t really fix the sugar cravings so I think I will just have to wait it out and hope the cravings go away eventually.

Sunday I am going to a Super Bowl party, but I am pretty confident that it won’t be a problem.  My mother-in-law is making a taco bar, so I plan on making cheese chips and having nachos instead.  We are also having plenty of low-carb snacks too, such as buffalo chicken meatballs, Italian meatballs, a summer sausage and cheese tray, and a veggie tray.  I think it will be easy to stay on plan with all the yummy low-carb food that will be available.

So, all in all this week went well and I am going into week 7 feeling better than I have in a couple weeks; hopefully it will go well too.

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Zumba and Temptations

I tried Zumba for the first time today and I am worn out.  For those who may not know, Zumba is a dance-fitness program that mixes upbeat music and choreographed dance moves to create a full body workout.  For more information, check out their website here.  I had heard a lot about Zumba, but was hesitant to try it because I am not in any way blessed with rhythm and I did not want to make a fool of myself in a Zumba class.  However, I wanted to find a good workout I could do at home so I decided to search for a Zumba video online.  I found one for beginners and began the workout… I only made it through 20 minutes.  During the first half, I did not even feel like I was working out, but that last ten minutes was hard!  I quit before the video was over but since I haven’t worked out in months, I think 20 minutes is better than nothing.  I think I will continue working at it until I can do a full hour of Zumba and then maybe I will up for going to a class.  

Yesterday was not the easiest of day for me.  I stayed on plan with my food for the most part so that was ok, but I had many temptations and cravings.  At breakfast, my kids wanted French toast so I made them some.  Of course, that made me want French toast but I fought the cravings and ate eggs instead.  Then I realized I am sick of eggs already since I have had them every day for a week now.  Luckily, in my collection of old cookbooks I have one that is entirely devoted to eggs and all the ways of preparing them.  Looking through that helped me realize that I just need to change how I am fixing eggs and try something new.

After breakfast, I started baking.  I am always the person who brings the baked goods to family functions and with Christmas fast approaching I needed to bake 12 dozen cookies.  Let me say that baking cookies that you cannot eat is not fun.  I won’t lie, I did end up eating a chocolate-filled peanut butter cookie.  One cookie out of 12 dozen felt like an accomplishment to me since I normally eat way more than one.

The other craving I faced was for sweet tea.  I come from a family who loves their sweet tea, the sweeter the better.  A gallon of tea around here usually has between a cup and a half to two cups of sugar, so there is no way I am drinking that anymore.  I knew that tea with Splenda would not do the trick so I just did the best I could at ignoring the craving, added some lemon to my water for a change in taste, and eventually I quit thinking about tea.

Today, I am doing well.  I think the extreme hunger that I was dealing with is subsiding, as I did not wake up ready to eat everything in sight.  Actually, I was not hungry at all this morning and am just now getting hungry after having been up for four and a half hours.  Even though I was not hungry this morning, I did make myself eat a handful almonds and frozen blueberries since I was going to work out.  Hopefully this lack of hunger is going to stick around and doesn’t end up being a one-time deal.