Apparently, my dog’s #1 goal this weekend was to ensure I wake up 6am. Because he hates me? I’m not sure… But that brings me to why I am writing this post much too early, Pineapple Coconut Spark in hand, ready to share my reflections from this week and my weigh in results.
Weigh In Results:
I didn’t want to start with my weigh in results (more on that in a bit), but I do have to say I am pretty happy with the results. The number on the scale is not everything, but I do feel losing 4.3 pounds over the past week shows what happens when you clean up your diet and move more.
Early morning Spark and blogging
As “timing” goes, this week was not ideal for completely overhauling my diet and habits. Work was nuts- I ended up working late and into the evenings each day and hosted a huge event for 400+ new students that took a whole lot of planning and energy. It really could have been an epic failure, diet-wise, but somehow I was able to stick to my guns. #proudmoment
My goals were:
- No coffee or creamer
- No sugar (i.e. sweets. Fruit is a-ok)
- No dairy, specifically cheese
- No alcohol
For the most part, I stuck to this. I hate, hate, hate to admit it but I feel so much better not drinking coffee in the morning. Maybe I drink too much of it or maybe it’s the creamer, but I was shocked that I felt less bloated and my stomach was less crampy/uncomfortable each morning. I replaced my coffee with Spark (particularly Pineapple Coconut this week) and it made a big difference. I still had an energy boost, without the negative side effects. Plus, my teeth seem whiter.
Sugar was a little tougher, especially since I was tempted by both an ice cream social and dessert platters at work this week (said no to both, woo!). I missed sugar on Monday and Tuesday, but the cravings are mostly gone today (about one week later). For me, its more of a psychological battle rather than actually wanting to eat it. But I’m still eating fruit and that does help with my sweet tooth a bit!
Dairy. I’m from Wisconsin. I
like love cheese. But I keep hearing over and over that dairy can contribute to stomach probs and not feeling your best. I did not eat any block cheese or shredded cheese, but… I did end up eating a couple slices of pizza this week (in a moment of weakness and exhaustion). I felt so nasty afterword. I’m sure it wasn’t just due to the cheese, but many ingredients, but it was a reminder of how food can significantly impact how I feel.
No alcohol this week. I’m not planning to 100% cut it out, but wanted to start on the right food. Again, I want alcochol to be a weekend “treat” rather than a nightly indulgence. For me, that is really just changing my habits and not giving into peer pressure. Luckily, Jason decided to cut back on alcohol this week too, which made it a whole lot easier to stick to my guns!
Morning smoothie via my Instagram
Overall, my biggest takeaway from this week is noticing the difference in how I am feeling. I would by lying if I said that I wasn’t thrilled with losing 4.3 pounds at my weigh in, BUT I also made a lot of dietary changes and am doing a cleanse, so I know these results aren’t necessarily typical. But more importantly, I feel better. With the exception of the pizza, I felt great this week. My stomach is so much less bloated and crampy. I have more energy during the day and feel like I’ve been focusing better. I had a realization after eating the pizza this week that feeling good is so important to me. Often, I focus so much on weight or measurements, but as I continue this journey, I want to put how I am feeling at the forefront and use that as a basis for my progress. Weight is one way to measure success, but there are so many other ways to measure success as well.
My Advocare Cleanse will go through Wednesday of this week, and I’ll move to the Max Phase on Thursday. Food wise, I haven’t 100% cut out processed foods and I do not plan to. Instead, I’m planning to stick to my above goals/guidelines and continue to monitor how I feel. I want to do better with planning my meals and snacks, for sure. I also have a wedding coming up next Thursday/Friday which will consist of a rehearsal dinner, lunch, dinner, drinks, etc. My goal is not to not eat, but rather to evaluate how I am feeling and make the best choices to me.
- What motivates you more – weight/measurements or how you feel? No right or wrong answer, I want to hear about your thoughts!