"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I've always loved that Will Rogers quote because it's so relevant to...everything. You can be in the right frame of mind, have all your resources at the ready, but if you just sit there and do nothing you won't make progress. Well, you might make progress but it will probably be negative - which is almost worse.
It's been a week! I'm so proud of myself for sticking with this and staying motivated. Only a week, I know, but I was a bit intimidated by the challenge of navigating my food writing career with weight loss so it was really a day by day thing...and now it's been 7!! Yippie!
Was it a "perfect" week? Hardly. But was it a better week than the week before? Heck yes. I was much more mindful of what I was eating and when, how many bites I "really" needed, and allowed myself to indulge when needed while pulling back when the extra food was extraneous and pointless (such as a drink tasting with appetizers when all I needed was to sample the booze and did not actually want food - so I took a couple of bites to be polite since the chef was watching and then quietly placed the rest on my plate and hid it in the shadows. Haha!). Yay!
I also couldn't track food every day as I'd wanted because of the unknown calories of several meals. That said, I did what I could and took the rest in stride. I also hit my goal of working out for an hour a day all except one day, so that's still good. It has been really nice getting back into that groove of things and I'm thankful to be back on this path. There have even been a few cooler nights here in Houston which has made the walks/runs much more pleasant (still humid and hot but at least not quite as brutal as August!).
I also mapped out a strategy for this week knowing it would be a difficult one with events. Yesterday I worked remote from THREEE restaurants AND a coffee shop AND a brewery (see, I told you). Instead of eating the food I ordered for photos, however, I packed most of it to go and gave it to my husband to eat this week for lunches. Yes! I sampled some of the stuff but ate only about a quarter of two dishes and skipped the third entirely. At the coffee shop I had two lattes - calcium! - but no food. Then at the brewery I sampled all 8 of the beers that the beer-tender gave me but I did not drink even the equivalent of a whole regular beer. I thought that was pretty good, considering I love craft beer. I also knew I had a 30+ minute drive home so that helped too. I got home around 9:30 at night, had a snack from leftovers, and then went on a 4ish mile/one hour walk. Yes!!! Felt awesome!!!
Today I did my Wednesday weigh in and was DOWN .4 of a pound. I wish it was a full pound but I'll take it! Any weigh-in that is not an increase is a win in my book. So, there's that. It's always easier to stay motivated when things are going in the right direction. Now I just have to keep up the momentum!
I ate lunch today (another win, since sometimes that is a challenge when working from home) and am going to get in my hour workout this afternoon since I have an evening event tonight.
Here's to one week down, ??? to go! :)