A month ago I tried on these jeans but they still did not fit. They are the same size as others that I wear often, but I guess this brand runs smaller. I barely got them buttoned but they were not wearable, too tight in thighs, hips, and waist. I have been rather discouraged lately because I have plateaued and then gained a pound back that is not going away. Then yesterday I decided to check my measurements and to my surprise I had lost an inch off my waist and half an inch off my thighs. I guess I am making progress even if the scale doesn't say so. I also broke down and finally bought some clothes that fit right. I am feeling much better about myself since I can go to my closet and find something to wear. They are not my goal size yet but if I feel better about myself I will try harder to take care of myself.
My first goal was to not eat while cooking. I feel I am doing pretty well with that now. I do take a bite sometimes to make sure the seasoning is right, but that is all. I feel ready to add the next goal.
Goal #2 is to not finish my kids' food for them
I rarely, if ever, finished my kids' food when I was tracking calories because everything had to be measured. This is one way I can cut down on how much I eat. It is unnecessary. Some things I could just put in the fridge to eat as a snack. If it cannot be saved for later I will throw it away. It is not doing anyone any good for me to eat extra. I will think, "I don't want to waste this, and it looks so good, I just wanted a couple more bites, no one appreciated this meal but me so I'll just eat it all!" etc. In the end I eat too much and only hurt myself. I have tried hard to teach my kids that they can stop eating when their tummies are done and they do a good job. They are young but have steadily been at a healthy weight. I need to follow my own advice.
When we go on a date my husband and I usually end up eating, watching a movie, or both. I was thinking that we need a hobby or something active to do together when we go out. A couple times during the summer we went for bike rides and that was fun but now the weather is getting cooler and it is dark before we can get out.
I have been praying for ideas and help to be more healthy and was reminded that there is a place in town that does country swing dancing. We hadn't done that before because it is on Wednesday nights from 9pm - 1am. It would be hard to get a babysitter that late on a weeknight. Then we had a friend move in with us, she is a single mom who needed a place with low rent and we had an extra room and bathroom so we decided to help her out. The rent she pays helps us too of course. I also teach her son piano lessons in exchange for babysitting once a week. Now that she lives with us there isn't a problem with us being out late because the kids can just go to sleep in their own beds and she can do what she needs or go to bed herself. Isn't it neat how God helps his children through each other. We answered her prayer and she answered ours. It is good to see his hand in our lives.
So far we have only been able to dance for about an hour and a half since it is fast pace and we are not used to it, but at the same time it feels good to learn the dance together and be doing something active. It also motivates us to lose weight and get in shape because we want to be able to do the lifts. Even many of the regular moves would be easier without the excess weight. This will bring us closer than watching a movie would anyway.
I did OK with my goal of not eating while cooking. Just thinking about that goal has made me see many other little changes I can make over the next few weeks. Sometimes I will do them now when I am not feeling stressed about all of it. We had burritos for lunch and I was thinking I really didn't need to have two. I make them from scratch so there is less calories and fat than in frozen burritos from the store but still I do not need two. I felt good about eating only one and was doing ok until my kids didn't finish theirs so I ate the rest for them. I don't make them clean their plates because I don't want them to have my problem, but that doesn't mean I should eat it. Then I realized that the last time we had burritos for lunch I had eaten two of my own and finished about half a burritos worth of theirs! So I did still do better than last time but I think my next goal will be to not eat my kids leftovers. It is hard to tell how much they will eat on a given day or at a given time. Sometimes they will eat all of what I give them and then another day only eat half and be full, of the same food. Me eating it is not going to help anyone though.
In one day I learned that I need to stop eating while cooking, stop finishing my kids food for them, and have much smaller portion sizes. I guess I know my goals for the next couple of weeks.
I also want to set a goal for a number of pounds to lose in 7 weeks. I would like to make my goals a habit by Thanksgiving so that I don't just gain it all back during the holidays. Making a number goal might give me more motivation. I have been at a plateau for a couple of weeks now and I see the changes I can make to overcome it. A healthy amount to lose in that time would be 3.5 to 14 pounds (at .5-2lbs a week). That is my goal. Any progress will be welcome.
I make most of my food from scratch at home. I like to cook and it is usually a more healthy and less expensive option. The only problem has been that it has been very time consuming to try and track my foods. I rarely make things exactly the same each time because I use different things on hand or different veggies that are in season. The result, I stopped tracking my food. I started exercising more and was still losing weight, but now have reached a plateau after only losing 13lbs total. I feel accomplished with that but I don't want to gain it back like the other times and my goal to a healthy weight is losing 80lbs total. I can't give up. My eating habits have gotten worse again and the weather is turning colder so I am not able to ride a bike everywhere as much since I pull my kids in bike trailers. While I would probably be fine riding in the cold they will not be within the next month or so. I can feel myself starting to panic because I don't want to get out of control with my eating and I really looked forward to those bike rides.
I think I have come up with a less stressful solution. Before I tried to just jump in and do it all at once now I am going to make some little goals (like the spark book says to do anyway) and take them a week, or even two weeks, at a time before adding the next. I want this to be a lifestyle change that I can keep forever.
This week's goal:
Not eat while cooking, no snitching a taste here and there just because it looks good. Sure if I am testing a sauce maybe, but for the most part I will not eat until the meal is ready and on the table.