The Struggle is Real

So, a little more than a week in and I’ve lost around…1 lb. Somewhat discouraging. I’m going to stick with this exact plan for another week and if progress continues to drag its feet I’m planning on adding in running one mile a day and a day of intermittent fasting.

Eats. 

I’ve cooked and eaten some delicious and healthy food this week. A couple highlights:

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Mac n cheese with bacon, collards, and leeks. I used Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta, which is the best GF pasta I’ve found and so affordable. This spur-of-the-moment flavor combo was super tasty.

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Steel-cut oats with chopped pear and toasted (oops burnt) pecans. Ignore the yellowed early morning lighting…this was the breakfast of champions.  Overall, the eating has been easier and more delicious than I first imagined. Yay!

Let’s talk about…

Cheats. 

I’ve missed one day of yoga practice so far and was unable to make EITHER Zumba class due to my schedule. Uh-oh.

 I was in Chicago for a weekend yoga instructor training (more on in a later post) and I ate some chocolate and Garrett’s caramel corn. Not in egregious amounts (two servings of corn and probably seven-ish pieces of chocolate over the weekend) and I did walk and do yoga a lot, but if my weight isn’t cooperating the cheats must end.

However, I was proud of how well I stuck to my guns this weekend eating-wise despite eating mostly at restaurants. A number of Chipotle salads + burrito bowls were consumed…

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I had a weird and gross continental breakfast, but bought some apples, almonds, and plain Greek yogurt at Trader Joe’s for the next morning, which hit the spot.

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We also ate a P.F. Chang’s, Corner Bakery, and FoodLife in The Watertower Place…very easy to eat healthy at all those places. Also very easy to eat TJ and Fannie May chocolate and buttery delicious caramel corn. Ehem. Onward and upward!

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Losing Marriage Weight

IMG_4378No more cupcakes for Margeaux.

Well, it’s officially true…being in a relationship and being married has caused me to gain weight. Ten pounds, all told. While that’s not a huge amount, I want to drop it because weight gain is cumulative after all and I might as well fix this problem while it’s still relatively easy.

This is my plan, and I’m posting it to make myself accountable and maybe connect with others in a similar place:

Goal: Lose 10 lbs. by Dec. 1st

Method:

  • Follow this eating mantra: no snacks, seconds, sweets, or wheat (I do allow myself the option of a 200-calorie or less snack in the afternoon because if we eat dinner late I can’t make it 7 hours [12:00-7:00] without eating)
  • Do at least 20 minutes of yoga a day and 1 hour of cardio a week (usually Zumba)

I would like to have time to exercise more but that is not feasible with my schedule. I’m all about figuring out what I can be consistent with, even if it seems small.

Yes, I sometimes get hunger headaches when I do this. I crave chocolate and sandwiches and the cupcakes I serve every day at my bakery job. But it is doable. I’m not skimping on fat, carbs, protein, or calories, and I’m able to participate in social events with minimal difficulty.

I’ve been playing around with different aspects of this plan for a while now, including limiting wheat/sugar/snacks and following the exercise plan, but my weekends have been my downfall.  Halloween parties, 5 Guys burgers, school stress and lack of sleep….not a good combo. However, I have seen my habits shifting in the right direction and by making a game plan for the month I will be better prepared.

Possible Challenges:

-5-day road trip to Virginia for a wedding // Plan: Eat and sleep according to normal schedule and make healthy choices within given contexts (restaurants, wedding meals, etc.). Use down time in car to study and research healthy eating/exercise ideas.

-Thanksgiving // Plan: Eat what I want Thanksgiving Day but don’t give up exercise and limit indulgences to that one day only.

-Weekends in general // Plan: Eat and sleep according to normal schedule as much as possible. Choose a healthy recipe to cook so that diet doesn’t completely depend on restaurants/in-laws. Use weekend to catch up and rest, not binge and veg.