My birthday is July 2nd, and what better gift could I give to myself that to reach this goal that’s nearing two years in the making? So from now until then, I’ll be giving Sunday updates/weekend wrap-ups on my progress called Birthday Gift Goal Updates.
Week 3 had a bit of everything – pre-planned meals, a ridiculously hectic schedule, a complete change of routine, great food choices, and the RETURN OF WILLPOWER. That last bit is the most exciting. Well, actually, if I’m honest, I’m most excited about my weight loss. I lost 6.5 lbs this week!! My overall loss is 5 lbs because I was up last week. But either way, I’m on my way:
The week itself was really busy at work for me, and because of that I really didn’t get to exercise the way I would’ve liked to. Which actually makes the weight loss that much more astounding. The one good thing about this crazy schedule was that I was able to change my afternoon routine, which helped me in my food choices. But I really like the way I feel better when I get some in some good workouts. So, that’s something that I’m going to improve on this week – hitting the gym, going to classes, and doing some workout DVDs.
I ate really well all week, and I enjoyed everything to the fullest. If you’d like to take a peek, you can become my friend on MyFitnessPal. I also upped my calories from 1200 to 1400, and most days I stayed closer to 1300. That small increase made a big difference in feeling more satisfied. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have any episodes of overeating at all. AT ALL. Which is especially wonderful because there were times of great stress, which is usually a trigger.
This past week was also my first week taking a prescription weight loss medication since Thursday. I don’t attribute all of my weight loss just to the diet pills, though. I was losing at a great rate earlier in the week. But I do think that the prescription is helping me with willpower. I’m also very happy to report that other than a bit of dry mouth (which just helps me drink more water), I have not had any side effects. In fact, rather than making me feel anxious, I feel calmer. And instead of giving me insomnia, I wake up feeling more rested than I have in a long time. I’m not saying that it’s a miracle drug, by any means, but I am thankful that it’s working, and that I had a good week. Here’s to another one next week.
I was also really lax in blogging this past week (because of the hectic schedule), and I want to make sure to get more writing time. It helps me feel centered and connected.
As far as a weekend update, I don’t have much to report. It was HOT here, and I stayed inside in the AC and got lots of much-needed grading done. I got some walks and gardening in, and I got all my grocery shopping done for the week. Prepared and ready for the week. I’m looking forward to being out and about more next weekend, because it’s overdue.