Days 12, 13, 14: Oops

I know, I know, I didn’t post 2 whole days in a row, but you know what?  I did it on purpose.  Ok, maybe it didn’t start out that way, but by the time I realized i hadn’t posted on Sunday it was late and I was hanging out with a friend.  That was more important so I decided to forgo the daily post.  Then I thought about it, felt a little guilty about it, and realized a much bigger lesson which led me to not posting yesterday either.  This is “The Lesson of the Oops!”

There are oops moments in all of our lives.  You leave something in a skillet or the oven too long and oops, it’s burned.  You carry one too many things and oops, one falls breaking into a million pieces.  You go shopping with a budget, and oops, cute shoes, or a new electronic item causes that budget to go by the wayside.  It’s just a part of life.  Oops happen.

It’s like that in our diets too.  The best laid plans can still have oops moments.  In fact, I had a dream last night that I was out and about at lunch time and I planned on getting a salad.  However, when I ordered I totally had a brain fart and ordered a sandwich with fries.  That’s not on this diet.  I can’t eat that.  Thankfully, I woke up before I got a look at the deliciousness between those two slices of bread and those crispy fries.

What we can’t do is let the oops defeat us.  We can’t let a little burnt food keep us from ever cooking or eating again.  We can’t let a broken belonging keep us from buying the things we need.  We can’t keep a busted budget from getting us back on track toward savings.  The oops moments don’t define us, in reality, they serve to make us stronger when we are moving toward a goal.

Thankfully, my oops moment on this 21 day journey was 2 days off of writing my blog posts.  However, that oops moment didn’t derail the diet or exercise plan I have been on.  Day 12 equaled success!  Day 13 equaled success!  Yes, I am still on my journey, and I am not going to stop.  21 days is now only 1 week away.  I got this.

Day 14:

Breakfast: Green Apple Sausage, Zucchini

Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash in Meat Sauce

Dinner: Cinnamon Crusted Pork Chops with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Red Cabbage.

Day 10 Goals: Walk the Mountain, 10,000 steps, Eat According to Meal Plan

Goals Met?: Yes.

Day 1 Weight: 306.2

Today’s Weight: 287.6

Weight Eradicated: 18.6 lbs.

Day 11: Half Way There

I do not like driving.  Road trips just aren’t for me.  I just want to be there as fast as possible without having to spend hour upon hour staring straight ahead at basically the same things over and over again.  Of course, that doesn’t happen.  Being a military family, road trips are a constant in our lives.  We move from station to station, most of the time with two cars, so road trips are simply something we have to do.

If you are like me, countdowns become a part of the road trips.  We count down the miles, the hours, and the number of stops we are going to have to make.  We count down the number of big cities and states we are going to have to drive through.  It’s not terribly exciting, it’s actually kind of mundane, but there is a few good moments, and one of them is when we hit the half way point.

The half way point, the middle, the top of the mountain, or the climax is and exciting moment.  It’s that time when we can look at the road, the odometer and the clock and know that we have gone further than we now have to go.  We have done more than the road trip requires.  That’s a good feeling, and after lunch yesterday on Day 11 it was exactly how I felt.

That’s right, I am now half way through the 21 day sugar detox.  I feel great.  I have lost some weight, and what’s better is that I know if I really want something I can make it happen.  I can avoid fast food and soda for as long as I want.  I can go without popcorn at the movie theater if I need to.  I don’t have to ruin my healthy life choices by drinking and eating horribly while at an ice cream social or some other event.  That’s  a good thing to know.  Go ME!!!

Breakfast: Leftover Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins with Raw Carrots

Lunch: Leftover Catfish and Cauliflower Soup

Snack: Cheese

Dinner: Greek Style Meatloaf with Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Snack: Green Apple

Day 10 Goals: Walk the Mountain, 10,000 steps, Eat According to Meal Plan

Goals Met?: Yes.

Day 1 Weight: 306.2

Today’s Weight: 291.6

Weight Eradicated: 14.6 lbs.

Day 10: Small Changes

I don’t think there is any better feeling in the world than that morning when you wake up, put on a pair of shorts or jeans and realize they are loose.  This is especially true when you have struggled with your weight for years and years and the process of changing pants sizes is more about buying new sizes up than they are down.  This is especially true when you end up having to buy a size you have never gotten before simply because nothing else works.  That’s why going the other way is so rewarding.

It’s starting to happen to me.  As the scale goes down, so does the size of my waistline and ultimately the number in the back of my shorts.  Yesterday, after I took my belt off, I was climbing the stairs and I could feel my shorts start to sag.  If I hadn’t hitched them up, then they would have fallen all the way down, causing me to trip and fall down those stairs, and that wouldn’t have been good.  Yet, I probably wouldn’t have cared because something good was happening.  The numbers are going down.

When I say one day at a time, one goal at a time, this is what I mean.  It’s the small changes that keep me moving toward the larger goal.  If I could change everything in one day, I would.  But I probably wouldn’t appreciate or understand what it meant to earn those changes.  That’s why, I have to take it one day at a time, one goal at a time.

Breakfast: Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins, Raw Carrot Sticks

Lunch: Leftover Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Green Apple and Fennel Slaw

Snack: Habanero Cheese

Dinner: Catfish and Cauliflower Soup (I promise I will remember pictures sometime)

Snack: Green Apple

Day 9 Goals: 30 minute run/walk, 10,000 steps, Eat According to Meal Plan

Goals Met?: Yes.

Day 1 Weight: 306.2

Today’s Weight: 292.0

Weight Eradicated: 14.2 lbs.

 

Day 9: No news!

You know what, some days you just don’t have very much to say.  At least the scale went down again.

Breakfast: Leftover Tomato, Basil, Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Lunch: Leftover Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Garlic Zucchini

Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Fennel Salad (no picture)

Day 8 Goals: Walk the mountain, 10,000 steps, Mow the Yard, Eat According to Meal Plan

Goals Met?: Yes.

Day 1 Weight: 306.2

Day 8 Weight: 292.0

Weight Eradicated: 14.2 lbs.

Day 8: What goes down…

If you are like me, and have read any number of diet blogs over the years, the one thing you will notice is that everyone has different opinions about various aspects of the weight loss journey.  Some believe that the latest exercise videos will get you to your goals.  Others think that the food you eat is the most important proponent.  Some say that losing weight requires strict adherence to a program with no cheating whatsoever, while other take a “cheat day” approach.  Of course, no diet would be complete without everyone and their opinions about the scale.

There are three schools of thought, “Always weigh yourself, ” “Never weigh yourself,” and “Occasionally weigh yourself.”  Proponents of each thought have great logic when it comes to defending their tried and true method.  The “never weigh yourself” people think the scale is not a good indicator of overall health.  They believe you should be judging your journey on how your clothes fit, or your vital statistic rather than a number on a scale.  The “occasionally weigh yourself” folks want to see the number on the scale falling, but they understand that day to day fluctuations could cause some panic when weight may go up by a half of a pound one day.  They suggest a more interval approach.  Once a week or once a month is good enough for them.

I, however, fall in the “always weigh yourself” camp.  For me, that means a daily weigh-in after I exercise and take a shower.  I do it at that time because I believe that will be the lightest portion of my day.  I also do it at that time because the scale is right next to the shower.  It’s hard to forget when I have to walk by the scale before I get my clothes out of the closet.  So, each morning I step on the scale and record the number it gives me.  Yesterday, after one week of success, there it was.  That dreaded fluctuation I had heard so much about.

I actually gained .8 of a pound.  Now I know that’s not that much, it certainly isn’t the end of the world, but when you don’t cheat on your diet and you get up and do your exercises it is a little disconcerting.  I know, because in the past, something like this would totally have derailed me.  I would have given up for a day.  I would have run out for a soda, a burger, a pizza and anything else that would make me feel better.  However, that would make the scale definitely go up again tomorrow, so I decided to take another approach.

Instead, I made the decision, right there in the bathroom, that on any day where the scale went up, I would put in an extra workout that evening.  I know I wouldn’t want to.  I know I probably didn’t need to.  Yet, that would be what I would do to keep me on track.  I would do something else, anything else, exercise related to keep me from doing something stupid that would derail my efforts.  Decision made, I was actually proud of myself and I went downstairs and fixed my approved breakfast quiche.

We all have choices, and what goes down, doesn’t have to go back up.  That can happen the other way too.  What goes up, doesn’t have to go down either.  If we fall back into old routines, well I know if I fall back into my old routine then the scale will go up and up and up and up, even further than it was before.  I want it to go down, and stay down.  There will be no permanent raise again.

So, despite the small fluctuation on the scale, day 8 was a good day.  I did 30 minutes of stairs training in my house and then attended a meeting, and went grocery shopping for a few days worth of meals.  After dinner I went to the gym where I did a little time on the treadmill, followed by some upper body strength training.  When I got home I was worn out, tire, and a little sore.  But, I was proud.  I was proud of what I had accomplished in week 1, proud of not giving up, proud of finding another solution, one that worked.

Breakfast: Tomato, Basil, Spinach, and Bacon Quiche (Forgot Picture)

Lunch: Grilled Chicken with Lemon Garlic Sautéed Zucchini

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Snack:  Cheese (Cheddar and Habanero)

Dinner: Ginger Beef and Broccoli

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Yummy!

Day 8 Goals: 30 Minutes Exercise, 10,000 steps, Eat According to Meal Plan

Goals Met?: Exceeded, more than 60 minutes of exercise and over 15,000 steps.

Day 1 Weight: 306.2

Day 8 Weight: 294.2

Weight Eradicated: 12 lbs.

Day 7: One week down…

To be honest, I didn’t know if I would make it this far. I knew the first week was going to be the scariest.  I knew it was going to be during this week that I would want to stop.  I knew during this week I was going to want to make compromises.  I would give in and have a Coke Zero because it doesn’t have any calories, and one couldn’t hurt.  I would find some reason to go through a drive thru and get a burger.  Going into this, the first seven days scared me, I’m not gonna lie.

Looking at life, that is pretty much how it always is though.  We want success so bad, yet we don’t always have the confidence to see that success.  There is apprehension.  There is suspicions.  There is fear.  We are worried that we are making the wrong decisions.  We are concerned that whatever choice we make is going to end with unintended consequences.  We are afraid that despite our desire to change, change will not come.

Thankfully, in my case, the first week has come and gone and so has success.  I haven’t gone through a drive thru.  I haven’t poured myself a coke.  I haven’t given in to any of the distractions or temptations.  That scary week is over, and I have made it through.  Man that feels good!!!  Now on to week 2, I know I can do it.

Breakfast: Eggs, Peppers and Onions and Salsa Scramble

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Lunch: Leftover Asian Meatballs with Red Cabbage and Bok Choy Slaw

Snack: Cheese

Dinner: Leftover Shrimp Pad Thai

Snack: Green Apple

Day 7 Goals: 30 minute Walk/Run, Eat according to meal plan, 10,000 steps

Goals Achieved?: Yes

Starting Weight: 306.2 lbs

Today’s Weight: 293.4 lbs

Weight Eradicated: 12.8 lbs

Day 6: Temptations

Why does it seem like every event in our lives have to involve food?  When we see family or friends from out of town, we go out to eat.  When we want to celebrate, we have to have some sort of party, barbecue, or festivity.  These all include treats both sweet and salty, and none of them would be considered healthy.  Sure there are some food items that always seem to make their way to these events that can be good for you, but veggie trays aside, the main stars are always the homemade cakes and cookies, the sauced up meats, and the chips, dips and other assorted treats that fill our bellies beyond full.

Such was the case last night when my lovely wife and I attended an ice cream social.  It seems like when you are a part of the military community, the number of events to attend doubles or triples.  This ice cream social was no exception.  There were three of four different types of ice cream, toppings, sprinkles, even hot fudge.  All the stuff I love.  It was another in a long run of temptations.

Food temptations are everywhere.  If you leave your house they are on every street corner.  If you stay home and turn on the TV, they are in advertisements during every commercial break.  If you shut off the TV, they are still close by if your neighbors are grilling out, or simply if your stomach starts growling.  It’s almost like we have been conditioned to look for more foods to eat simply because of all that is available to us.  It doesn’t matter that we aren’t hungry, or the foods being offered will do nothing to fuel our bodies, we want them because they offer us something in terms of taste, or stability, or emotional connection.

I certainly wanted some ice cream last night.  After not having dessert for nearly a week, it looked really good.  I didn’t though, and that made me feel really good when I left the event.  There in lies the key.  As hard as it is to avoid temptations that are constantly being thrown at you, when you do, and you see results, then you feel even better.  Plus, those feelings last even longer than the temporary fix you get from eating a bowl of ice cream when you really shouldn’t.  Good lesson.

Yesterday was great all around, I did a 1 hr walk around the neighborhood to include the mountain.  That helped me get my steps in, and we got our pup back from the animal hospital.  One more day and we are 1/3 through the detox.  If I can do a week, I can do three.

Breakfast: Leftover Bacon and Root Vegetable Hash, 2 eggs over easy

Lunch: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Red Cabbage and Bok Choy Slaw

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Snack: Cheese (duh)

Dinner: Shrimp Pad Thai

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Snack: Green Apple

Day 6 Goals: 1 hour Walk the Mountain, 10,000 Steps, Eat according to Meal Plan, Avoid Ice Cream Temptation

Goals Achieved?: Hell yeah!

Starting Weight: 306.2 lbs

Today’s Weight: 294.4 lbs

Weight Eradicated: 11.8 lbs