It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.
This week my main goal was to remain consistent in my efforts that I put in place last week, because that’s the area in which I need the most improvement. The one hurdle I faced this week was Father’s Day. I hosted a BBQ at my house, and even though I had healthy choices and ate in moderation, I did have a planned indulgence in two Blue Moon summer wheat beers. Monday the scale had me up a bit, but I didn’t freak out and just kept with the program. I am proud of the workouts I’ve been getting in because I’m not only burning serious calories, but I’m enjoying myself. It’s been so fun to be able to keep busy and workout at the same time.
Today I weighed in at 306.2, which means I lost 0.4 pounds this week, meaning I have just slightly over 25 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. Now, losing 0.4 isn’t awesome, but it is a loss. And since the scale had been up the first few days of the week in response to the aforementioned BBQ, I’m happy with this. The total for two weeks is 8.8 lbs lost, which is a wonderful average. I can’t complain about that.
The plan for the coming week is to do more of the same. My workouts/fitness have been excellent, and I want to continue swimming, walking, and taking Zumba class, but I’m also going to add in riding my beach cruiser. It’s been far too long since I’ve gone out and had a long bike ride, so that’s one of the main goals for next week. In terms of food, I had a great week, but I am going to cut down on my carbs a bit at dinner. So instead of eating 3/4 of a cup of quinoa or brown rice, I’m going to have a 1/2 cup or skip the grain completely at dinner.
The idea limiting the carbs at dinner isn’t new, but it got reinforced when I saw this pin about Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules:
Most of these are rules that I’ve already incorporated into my lifestyle, but #7 is something that I want to try out this next week. I’m going to take this as no grains after lunch, because the carbs found in veggies are perfectly fine, to me. It’s an easy thing to do, and I want to see how cutting some of the carbs later in the day affects my weight loss. My guess is that it will improve. I’m not going to be militant and say absolutely no carbs at dinner, but I think I’ll try this 4-5 out of the 7 days. What do you think of The Skinny Rules?
Until next week, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful weekend!