I had weigh-ins at the gym on Saturday and much to my surprise I lost 13 pounds in 5 weeks! I’m at 219…down from 280! That’s a 61 pound weight loss now! I have another 39lbs to go to make the 100lb mark.
I probably could have made the 15lb challenge but I did have a few down days over the past 2 weeks. Somehow Wheat Thins made it into my mouth more than once and oh I can’t forget an awesome church activity that had some delicious goodies I somehow couldn’t pass up. What is wrong with me??? Food addiction! Sugar addict! I can’t beat myself up over it now. But I am proud of the 13lbs lost in such a short period of time. About 99% of the time over this past 5 weeks, I stayed on target and ate my protein, veggies & good carbs for every meal and included a protein drink in between too. I also committed to participating in bootcamp 5 days a week. Making sure I got in those 5 days was a struggle sometimes. Just the fact of getting out of the house, making it on time, getting my little girl off to school, or having to bring her on occasions (darn snow days when school is closed!) while mommy worked out was a challenge, but I made it through and am happy I did.
My jeans are fitting better. I’m in a size 16 (down from a 24/26 now)!. I feel more energetic and have had some ahh-ha moments that surprised the heck out of me such as:
Being able to do a dozen real pushups!
Being able to do a plank for 1-1/2 minutes!
(And this comes from not having ANY core strength after having 2 back surgeries and taking it TOO easy on myself)
Signing up for this challenge gave me the accountability and commitment that I needed to accomplish this goal. I still have a long ways to go, but progress every day shows improvement in the way my clothes fit and the way I feel.
Next challenge…I think I am going to sign up for a 5K to get my stomach/hips/thighs to slim down a bit more. :o)
I feel like I have found my MoJo again! After 3 weeks of consistently going to bootcamp every day for 5 or 6 days each week and following a strict meal plan of eating every 3 hours, drinking about a gallon of water a day, I weighed in and was 9 pounds down! YES!
I started this challenge Jan 11th at 233 (yes I gained a few over the holidays – who didn’t?). Yesterday I weighed in at 224…Yes! Considering I started this journey at 280…it’s a lot to be said. I felt like I’m back on track and for this particular challenge I am participating in I am on track to lose 15 lbs within 5 weeks. I feel positive this is possible. It gives me the accountability that I need to push myself! :o)
After picking up my daughter from school today I was walking home and received a great compliment from my neighbor today as she noticed the weight loss I’ve dropped this past few weeks. It made me feel so great and put a smile on my face. I’m sure you have had that moment in your life when someone notices something you’ve poured your heart and soul into something every day and finally there’s that one day that someone notices! It touches you deep down – quite rewarding to know that hard work does pay off.
Star’s Sweet Potato Snacks
I wanted to share a few tips and recipes that I’ve been experimenting with as some of you reading this may want a few pointers to kickstart your weight loss journey too. Today I had cravings for some cookies as I was baking with my daughter. What kid doesn’t like cookies? I have finally figured out a way to do a great oatmeal cookie for the family that is diabetic friendly (for my husband), low in sugar and full of good, healthy stuff. I’ll post that recipe at a later time. But the one I want to focus on right now is the Sweet Potato snack (cookie?) that hit the spot for me today. It was super easy too!
Ingredients: 1/2 baked Sweet Potato, 1 egg white, 2 shakes of Cinnamon, 1/2 pkg of Splenda
Mix together like a puree and drop onto a baking sheet like cookies. I used Reynolds Non-Stick Aluminum Foil to avoid using oil, butter & flour (they still stuck a little bit, but not too bad). Bake at 350 for 18-20 min depending on your oven.
This made 4 cookies for me. I paired it with 2 egg whites & celery for a quick grab-n-go meal. They satisfied my sweet tooth today! Give it a try and let me know what you think. :o)