Challenge Check In – Week 4

Get Active Challenge @themerrythoughtI made it through the month – wahoo!! And no-sugar January is over!! Yesterday I allowed myself a “cheat day” to indulge in some of the sweets I had been craving over the month. It didn’t go quite as planned. I couldn’t eat too much and I ended up feeling sick all night long after the little indulgence I did have – ha! Guess I did pretty good weaning myself off of sugar and unhealthy foods! I plan to keep it up throughout February – the healthy eating that is, not the indulging! 😉 I will however have some sweets from time to time, it is really hard for a baker/food blogger to completely eliminate things from my diet. I just plan on keeping those limited to very small intakes, especially as I know my body just gets so sick if I eat too much carbs/sugar/greasy foods. Blah, I know it’s for the best to be eating healthy, but sometimes it’s just such a bummer for this food-loving girl to have a body that hates certain foods so much! 😭  So here’s how my last week of the January Challenge went:

Weight Loss: 1.8 pounds

Eating: Did just okay with this – and still managed to do alright with my weight loss! I felt like I had three “bad” eating days; just eating a bit more than normal and eating more carbs than normal. I stayed strong with the no-sugar January till the end!

Active: Had another good week with this, maybe not quite as great as the previous week  (no 5 mile runs!), but I’m still running, exercising and keeping active pretty much every day!

I would say overall, I had a great month and stuck to all my goals each week! I’ve actually lost 9.5 pounds since Christmas and that feels really great! I’ve also discovered that when I’m eating healthier, I’m a lot more diligent in helping my boys to make healthier eating choices too, which is always a plus!
I feel like the things that helped keep me on track the most were these weekly check in’s on the blog – knowing I’d have to report here kept me very accountable! And then having my nieces doing similar eating/exercising plans and being able to check in with them was super helpful/fun. My husband, Mike, has also been on board with healthier eating, which made things a whole lot easier for me. It’s hard to be a lonely healthy eater!

As I mentioned above, I plan on keeping up with pretty much the same eating/activity plan, just dropping the no-sugar part. I’m a little nervous I won’t do as well without these weekly check-ins! So I may have to check in from time to time so I don’t give up! Caitlin & I are also planning on doing a Positive February Challenge with some of our family – no negative talking! Whether it’s about yourself, others, things, whatever it may be – no negative thoughts or words! In some ways, this seems almost harder than the January Challenge! 😳 (I can be pretty down on myself, not good!)  “The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve.” ― Charles F. Glassman

How about you? Did you make it through January? Anyone trying something new in February – or hoping to stick with new changes you made in January?

-Manda

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  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:14 pm

    Kristin - Good for you! That’s quite an accomplishment. It’s hard to be active in the winter, but keep at it. You’ve got this!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:45 pm

    mary-clay | the open oven - congrats on a happy, healthy month! you deserved a bit of indulgence. best of luck heading into February!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 9:41 am

    Beth - This sounds like a wonderful idea! I can’t believe you cut out sugar for the whole of January! I wouldn’t be strong enough, but to be fair I don’t really indulge on sugary or unhealthy things that often, although I have been logging what I’m eating and drinking and sometimes it says I’m eating way too much and way too little so who knows whether my eating is actually healthy!
    I love the idea of Positive February Challenge and would definitely like to take part if you do it as I’ve definitely been way to hard on myself recently and really down in the dumps!
    I also think you should continue tracking it all a little as I’m sure others like me would like to see how you’re doing!
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