Starting Weight – 330
Day 10 Weight – 322
Current Weight – 319
Period Weight Loss – 3 Pounds
Overall Weight Loss – 11 Pounds
3 More pounds! I'm happy, though I had set the period goal at 4 pounds and didn't quite get there. One thing I forgot about, since I'm weighing in every 10 days instead of every week there will be some periods where I will go through 2 weekends between weigh-ins. I've said before that weekends are my toughest time, and I probably should have taken that into account this time. Regardless, I have lots of good things going on right now and there's still lots of opportunity as well.
What went well
My first highlight of the period has to be my performance on the Friday (1/18) right after my last weigh-in. On the day before (The day I posted my last results), Virginia had a pretty severe snowstorm. Well, not actually severe in my book (I lived in Maine for a while), but definitely enough to wreak havoc in the area. No kidding, I had literally just posted my 10 day results and was getting ready to go read some of the blogs I'm following when the power went out at my house. I live in a rural area and given the magnitude of the wet, heavy snow, I figured we might be getting ready to see an extended power outage.
By morning, my concerns appeared to be coming to reality as we still didn't have power and it was pretty cold in the house. I had to go to work so I took a shower in the dark with what was going to be the last of the hot water. It's funny, I didn't even think about healthy eating until after my shower when I suddenly realized that I couldn't cook my oatmeal and didn't dare open the refrigerator to get out some hard boiled eggs. Not only that, but I didn't have any snacks or a lunch to bring either.
Now folks, let me tell you that these types of events in my life are exactly what I use as an excuse to stop eating healthy. When I look back at my past failures, you can definitely see a pattern of me utilizing changes in my routine (vacation, special events, new job, etc) as a great excuse to stop living a healthy lifestyle. What has me so proud is that this time I recognized it and told myself that I was going to have to find a way to deal with it.
I stopped at the local Sheetz for breakfast. I was thrilled to discover they sold oatmeal at their deli; I got 1/2 cup of oatmeal with dried fruit, a small veggie breakfast wrap, and a cup of coffee. For lunch it was back to Sheetz for a roast beef wrap, an apple, and a banana (I never even realized they sold fresh fruit!). At dinner time I took the family to Red Robin and I had a plain burger with lettuce and tomato and a side salad instead of fries.
Fortunately, by the time we got home that evening the power had been restored! I didn't even try to estimate the calories, but I suspect that If I did go over my 2500 calorie limit, it wasn't by much. I might not have hit my calorie target and I certainly didn't get to spread my calories out over 4-6 meals, but this was a small battle that I won that could have had huge consequences if I had made different (poor) choices.
Although overshadowed by the power event, another aspect that went well for me was the beginning of establishing my morning routine. I know I said I was going to write it out and put it on my bathroom mirror, but I didn't. However I did see progress and I believe that by the end of the first 30 days I will be well on my way to following my morning routine every single day. In fact, I actually got up this morning (on a Sunday) at my normal work week time and followed my morning routine.
Areas to Improve
As I said above, there is still plenty of room for improvement. For starters, my water intake slipped a little. I missed my water target 5 of the last 10 days, but what was more troubling to me was that I missed it for 3 consecutive days during the week. I know my body and I know that the weight does not come off that well if I don't get my water in each day. I actually believe I would've lost another pound and hit my target for the period if I had done better with my water consumption.
The other area that needs improvement is exercise. Daily exercise is not a full blown habit for me just yet. To be honest, I believe I only exercised on 4 of the 10 days this period. As I lose more and more weight, it will get much harder to keep moving forward if don't establish daily exercise as a habit. However, I am far from beating myself up over this. 50 days ago I quit smoking! 20 days ago I started eating healthy! I know I can't be perfect and change everything at once and I already have a lot of change going on right now. At the moment my philosophy is this: Any exercise I do each day is better than what I used to do. Some day soon I will need to work on this, but that day is not today.
Like last time, I don't see the need to make any changes to my plan just yet, but their may be some small tweaks on the horizon (after my first 30 days). I did hit my target for sticking to plan; I stuck to all the individual elements of my plan 76% of the time. This was a little less than last period, and was mainly due to exercise (40%) and water (50%).
I'm setting this period goal at 4 pounds again. I'm actually excited to get through these next 10 days; if I can lose the 4 pounds I will have lost 15 pound in my first 30 days. Not too shabby, in fact I only managed to lose 17 pounds during a 30 day weight loss challenge and I was starving myself and miserable the whole time. This time I'm much happier and so far (knock on wood) the change hasn't been too difficult. Good luck to everyone out there!