Challenge Check In – Week 2

Lose Weight | Get Fit Challenge @themerrythoughtBack again with another check in on my January challenge. Overall I feel like it was a good week. I do feel a little disappointed in my scale number, as I felt like I had a good week eating-wise and being active. I know they say don’t rely on the numbers a lot, but it’s always good motivation to see those numbers going down (a lot!)! I kind of wish I had done measurements too just to see any differences there, but oh well! Maybe it was just an off weigh-in day and I’ll have better success next week!

So here’s how my week went:

Weight Loss: 1.2 pounds (yup, I’m claiming every ounce!)

Eating: Feeling like I did good with eating. No sugar, eating the “right” foods, even when I didn’t feel like it! Β One day I even had to watch Caitlin eat pizza logs – ughhh! Ha! πŸ˜‰ And I bought the boys donuts one morning and stayed strong and didn’t get one! πŸ’ͺΒ I do get tired of all the meal planning & prep for healthy eating. It’s hard to not be able to just order a pizza or something when I’m having a busy day and don’t feel like making dinner! I hate making dinner, and I feel like a lot of the easy dinner options (spaghetti, pancakes) are things I can’t eat, so this is a real struggle for me! Plus I just want all the carbs, all the time! 😜

Active: I had to be a little creative with my exercise as it’s been freezing & snowy here (the picture above was a snowy run I did with my boys at the track!). But I did some sort of exercise every single day, which is great for me! I managed to get in a couple runs, but not my usual 3 miles. I did try to make up for it with more walks and doing stairs and laps around my house! πŸ˜‰

How’s your January going and sticking with any new goals?? Still staying strong? Hope it’s a great (easy!) week with good success!!

-Manda

The Challenge | Week 1

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  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    Kristin - Great job – I think January is the toughest month to pledge to be more active in. It’s cold! Your body wants to hibernate a bit.

    I will say this – the more you eat healthy food, the more you’ll crave it. It takes awhile, but I really think it works. I don’t subscribe to any sort of diet that bans certain foods (and full disclosure, I’m not trying to lose weight), but I really do think greatly reducing sugar and carbs for awhile will help retrain your body to crave the better stuff.

    Here’s an easy recipe that is satisfying and easy to make on a weeknight. And everyone will eat it, even the kids. http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/warm-white-bean-salad-with-fragrant-garlic-and-rosemary
    It’s warm and filling and perfect for January. It also uses up the heels of your sandwich bread loaf that no one wants, plus the wilting salad mix you bought that isn’t so inspiring for dinner in the winter!

    I’m really hesitant to self-promote, but I felt like I should comment since you keep saying how much you hate to make dinner! I was the same way, but I have trained myself to not only tolerate, but to look forward to it. Here’s a post I wrote recently about how I feel about dinner:

    http://www.thirdstoryies.com/2015/11/23/lets-eat-its-a-good-week-to/

    Our motivation was to be more inspired while eating a vegetarian diet, and not just falling into the rut of pasta with jarred sauce or frozen veggie pizza. Now I crave dinner – not dessert. So please take this comment as a pep talk, not a know-it-all kind of thing.

    Your projects and your blog are so beautiful and so simple – and I constantly use your mocktail ideas to make larger punches for events at my kids’ school. So thanks! Maybe if you try making dinner prep an opportunity to really appreciate the various ingredients going into it (I arrange mine in glass bowls and snap a photo to remember what I’ve made), it will take the “chore” aspect out of it a bit. And menu plan a week ahead! Nobody can make a decent dinner decision at half-past starving! I post dinner ideas on Instagram @thirdstoryies – it’s a private account, but if you want to follow, just send a request.

    Keep going! You’ve got this.ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 3:51 pm

      Manda - Thanks for passing along the recipe – I’m always looking for new things to try and that sounds delicious! I am hoping that by making these changes, my body will learn to crave & enjoy those healthier foods even more! Plus, it really helps me to feel better.
      I have meal planned before in the past, and it definitely made my life – and the dinner hour – easier! Now if only I could start that again! Your suggestion of making it more of an art to appreciate the food is a fun idea!
      And so glad you enjoy the mocktail recipes and are inspired by them for making punches! Thanks for the encouraging words!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:25 am

    Barbara - I had to leave a comment when I read you said you had to get creative with your workout because of the weather. I have a great recommendation for you: fitnessblender.com. They have a Youtube channel and a website and they offer all kinds of free workout videos that you can do at home and you donReplyCancel

    • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:28 am

      Barbara - …continued (hit enter by mistake)
      You don’t need any equipment except for the occasional dumbbell for certain exercises in a few videos.
      I have been working out with them and I think it’s a great way to make sure you stay active. You can do it at home, so what’s the excuse? haha
      Good luck on your fitness journey!ReplyCancel

      • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 8:08 am

        Barbara - Ops, just scrolled down to your last check in and read that you don’t enjoy workout videos, so nevermid my suggestion! I tend to think that whatever works for me should work for everyone else, but it’s obvioulsy not the case! To each their own! You should stick to what you like! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

        • Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 8:56 pm

          Manda - Hi Barbara – I so appreciate you sharing that! Even though I don’t love doing work out videos, I do them from time to time, and definitely am always looking for new ones because I’m hoping I might find one I just love doing! So I’m definitely going to check out that site and the video they have – thanks for the link! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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