Project Weight Loss rolls on! Today marks the end of Week 3.
If you recall, last week I hooted and hollered when I saw I was down to 144.8 from 146.0 the week before.
This week instead of shouting “Hooray!” I said “Really?!” because when the scale said 143.8 this morning, I had a hard time believing it.
All week I hung out at 145 and even saw 146 flashing back at me one day despite staying within my weight loss calorie allowance just about every day of the week. I was especially bummed to see 146 and threw myself a Poor Me Pity Party while I stood on the scale, wondering why am I doing any of this?
This one of the downsides to weighing yourself nearly every day, the day to day weight fluctuations can get you down. I know full well that body weight can fluctuate by a couple of pounds on a daily basis, but 146 still made me want to pout for a minute given I was down to 144.8 last Friday.
(And pout for a minute I did.)
Thus the disbelief this morning to see 143.8, which was quickly followed by a big “WOOT!” Today my faith was restored that what I’m doing is indeed working.
So let’s jump right into food and touch on a few things as we go.
For breakfast this week, I cracked into my first can of pumpkin to make pumpkin overnight oats.
Because you know, I’m worried I haven’t been eating enough squash lately.
1/2 c rolled oats, 1/4 c canned pumpkin, 1/3 c yogurt and a 1/3 c milk. Cinnamon and nutmeg stirred in before popping it into the fridge for the night, topped in the morning with 1/2 a banana, my standard scoop of almond butter and a tablespoon or so of ground flax seed.
This was a very filling (and very delicious!) breakfast. 480 calories, Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am.
Dinner this week (and leftovers for lunch too) featured big salads with bowls of my standard vegetarian chili, sometimes topped with 1/3 of a diced avocado, other times with a little shredded cheese.
This particular salad and chili bowl clocked in at about 580 calories. Eating salad second helped me resist the urge to go back for a second helping of chili. I’m still surprised by the way that little trick works.
Honey crisp apples with a small glass of kefir have been the Official Snack of Week 3. Not on purpose really, mostly because honey crisp apples are. so. dang. good.
With kefir because it packs a big protein punch.
When I initially lost weight in 2008, one of the good habits I created for myself was being sure I ate before I left the house, or packed a healthy snack to take along with me, to make it easier to resist the urge to stop and buy some unplanned, impulse food item while we were out. Kefir is one of my favorite “something quick” foods to eat because it’s fast and high in protein (11 g per serving, 140 calories) it’s a great healthy choice when you’re short on time.
Dark chocolate was consumed just about every day this week too, Green and Black 85% in particular because it’s been on sale at Wegmans.
Extra dark chocolate is definitely an acquired taste, I really enjoy it now but it took a while to get there. I worked up to it by alternating through plenty of 70% and 85% bars. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
The darker the better of course, for the flavonoids, anti-oxidents and all that other good junk. Extra dark chocolate is so rich and satisfying, eating too much of it makes me feel BLAH. This is the nice little safety device that is dark chocolate: it’s hard to over do it.
And finally, a quick run down of the week, day by day:
Net Calories: 1580
Exercise: Run, 35 min, 3.5 miles
Net Calories: 2191 (especially hungry today!)
Exercise: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Week 1
Net Calories: 1612
Exercise: Run, 36 minutes, 4 miles
Net Calories: 1287
Exercise: Walk, 30 minutes
Net Calories: 1484
Exercise: Bike ride, 42 minutes
Net Calories: 1209
Exercise: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Week 2
Net Calories: 1683
So there’s Week 3 in a nutshell. How often do you weigh yourself? Does it bum you out to see the scale go up a couple of pounds when you’re actively working to lose weight or do you take in stride? What’s your current favorite snack or “running out the door” food?