Yesterday was the start of week two of the 1,000 extra steps challenge. How are you all doing? Are you actively thinking more about the movement of your day? I know that I definitely am!
I’ve done really well meeting/exceeding my goal of 5K a day. I didn’t do so hot last Friday, but thinking back to weeks prior, the fact that my “worst” walking day was less than 1.5K away from my goal is a major improvement. In the weeks leading up to the challenge, there were several days that I didn’t even exceed 1.5K for the whole day.
So yeah. Things are definitely improving over here!
Here’s a more detailed look at how the challenge has gone for me so far:
I am feeling really good about this, and I hope the rest of you are, too! This has been incredibly motivating for me, and I sincerely appreciate the fact that some of you chose to participate with me!
Just remember, the little changes do add up, so keep moving! We’re all going to make it to the finish line!
There’s no timeframe for weight loss. Just do your best to be healthy, and things will turn out exactly as they’re supposed to. 🙂
While my movement and activity has been very good this week, my eating has been a little off. I haven’t done anything too drastic, but it’s definitely not been up to par with my normal standards.
I went out to lunch on Friday at a new gyros place that just opened in town, and I had a greasy gyro and a diet Coke for lunch. I haven’t had soda in a very long time, so I’m not altogether sure why I drank one. I know that soda — even diet — is not at all good for you, but que sera sera. I did pass on the fries and falafel and baklava and all of that other stuff, but still… the lunch was not up to my usual standards.
Then, I stupidly followed that up with a Subway sandwich for dinner. It was late when I got home, I didn’t plan accordingly, and I thought that Subway was the lesser of all fast food evils.
Again, these were not great choices, but I hardly think they were the worst choices either.
Then, on Saturday, I had a few pieces of Papa Murphy’s Gourmet Veggie Delite Pizza for dinner. The rest of my day had been totally normal and on target with my typical healthy lifestyle, so the pizza was totally within my points budget, but it was probably not the best choice as a follow-up to my eating the previous day.
On Sunday, I had leftover pizza for breakfast (yikes!), which there is absolutely no excuse for, but I did it, so I’m copping to it.
Then I went to a luncheon, but the food served was actually super Weight Watchers friendly. We snacked on a fruit platter and had a homemade stir-fry that consisted of brown rice, freshly chopped veggies, and shrimp. I also stuck to drinking unsweetened iced tea with lemon the whole time, so that wasn’t too bad.
For dinner, though? I had a fast food salad that was, once again, completely within my points allowance, but it still obviously wasn’t the best choice.
However, yesterday, I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and I managed to get my eating back on track! I drank tons of water and ate really well all day long — all of the food was home cooked and correctly portioned. However, I did eat two cookies for dessert last night that my dad had made over the weekend. They were coconut pecan cookies and were so good. The two cookies cost me 7P+, but, again, I tracked and it was totally within my allowance.
I have only used two of my weeklies thus far, and I haven’t touched any of my Active Points. Everything I ate this week was tracked, and I have absolutely stayed within my limitations. However, the quality of a lot of the food I’ve eaten this week has not been very good, and that is a little disappointing.
I have managed to eat like a “normal” person, though. There wasn’t any binging or overindulging, so I am taking some comfort in that.
I’m back to eating better quality food now, though, so hopefully the scale doesn’t turn on me on Friday. 😉
I started this blog because I wanted some extra accountability for myself, so I feel obligated to share both the good and the not-so-good choices I make with you, which is exactly why I decided to tell you guys about my less than stellar food choices this week.
My life isn’t perfect. My weight loss journey isn’t perfect. That’s OK, though, because I’m striving for progress, not perfection, and I am definitely progressing. “Bad” choices, for me, used to be 10 double cheeseburgers or 12 tacos or an entire box of donuts, not a diet Coke or a Subway sandwich or a fast food salad or two homemade cookies.
I’m OK with all of my choices, and I still think I’m doing well. This is part of the whole process of creating a sustainable lifestyle. I have to eat like this forever, and sometimes I’m going to eat Subway or have a cookie — that’s just the way it goes.
I’m learning to eat “normally,” and that’s super important to me.
I had planned to talk to you guys a little about longterm goals and weight loss rewards today, too, but this blog is way longer than I originally intended, so I’ll save those thoughts for another day.
I hope you’re all having a lovely week.
Eat well. Be well.