This week was the first time during the challenge that I've actually been afraid to step on the scale... no, more like terrified! Let's just say, I was a naughty girl this weekend. A verynaughty girl!
I only worked out twice during the week (it was so cold outside), attended a wedding on Saturday (and we all know how that goes) and then had an epic Sunday Funday (still dreaming about it).
If it sounds like I'm making excuses, it's because I am! I should've had more self-control, end of story! My downfall was definitely this weekend, especially on Sunday. Which I'll write about later on this week- trust me, you'll want to lookout for that post!
But alas, here are my results for this week (I bet you're dying to see them)
Despite having a gluttony fest during the weekend, I only gained a pound, which I can't express how relieved I am for that! Not sure how I managed to drop my body fat percentage and increase my muscle mass, but I'll take it. So to be honest, I wouldn't really consider this week a total failure -although I know it could've gone a lot better.
Even though I was a cheating machine, I did start off the week strong. Here are my tips:
- Go outside: I'm not a big fan of gyms. They bore me and I never find the motivation to go. I prefer walking or running around my neighborhood. It's exactly 3 miles all the way around, so I know that if I complete a lap or two, I'll get in a good workout. There is nothing better than breathing in fresh air and admiring mother nature. Besides being good for your body, going out for a nature walk is good for your mind as well. I take advantage of this time and reflect on my life and my goals. We're constantly surrounded by so many distractions that it's nice to be alone with your thoughts. I just grab my headphones, cell phone, put on Pandora, and I'm set!
- Don't obsess over the number on the scale: I used to be the type of person that would weigh themselves in the morning, afternoon, and right before going to bed. It was a mixture between torture and curiosity. I think it's a girl thing. We obsess too much on what the scale reads instead of listening to our bodies. With all these lifestyle changes that I've made in the last few months, I can honestly say, I've never felt better. When you feel good, you look good. The scale is a great tool to gauge your weekly improvement but it shouldn't become an obsession. Sometimes the scales can be inaccurate due to various factors, such as poor digestion, dehydration, time of the day, etc. Unless you weigh yourself in a professional doctor scale, your scale will typically be off by 0-2 lbs, so don't stress about it! Tip: To better determine your weight, always weigh yourself in the same scale, not on top of carpet, without socks or shoes, and in the mornings (preferably once a week)
- Take your multivitamins: In my case, I chew them. I take the VitaFusion gummy vitamins. Whoever created them should be given some type of award. I mean, infusing vitamins into candy- genius!!! In the mornings I take the Power C, then for lunch I take the Woman's Multivitamin, along with Nature's Bounty Fish Oil and Hair, Skin, and Nails, which I think every woman should take. I've seen a huge improvement in my hair and nails since taking them. Then midafternoon I take the FiberWell. Right before I go to bed I take Probiotic gummies. I've been taking this combination of vitamins for over a year now and it works well for me. In the past few weeks, I've made it a point to take them consistently every day. That's the only way they'll work. Tip: After lunch I always crave something sweet, so instead of dessert, I have two multivitamins gummies- which satisfies the craving.
- Have a cheat meal: I think most people don't grasp this concept, and when I say most people, I'm really referring to myself. It's called a cheat meal, not a cheat day. The way I see it is, "well if I cheated already today, might as well cheat the rest of the day weekend" No! Doesn't work that way! Bad Fio!! A cheat day is fine once in a while, maybe every other weekend, but only when you've already reached your goal weight. In my opinion, when you're trying to lose weight, you should only be allowed to have a cheat meal, every two or three weeks. That's it! Tip: If you can avoid being around unhealthy environments or people, then try to do it, especially when you're just starting off.
- Have a goal picture: This motivates me to keep pursuing my weight loss goal. When you feel like cheating, you can just look at the picture and ask yourself, "is it really worth it?" Somehow this picture was nowhere in sight this weekend (*sigh*) but you get the idea. It gives you something to work towards. You can keep the picture by your refrigerator, on your phone, or anywhere that is readily visible.
If you're like me and you kind of fell off the wagon this week, its ok, learn from it and move on. You're going to experience bumps along the way, it's part of the journey of making significant life changes, but whatever you do, don't give up!
Let me know the type of struggles you faced this week. Did you have a fatty fest like me??
Last week no one really commented on their progress, so hopefully this time there will be more participation. I don't want to do it alone, so help a sista out!!
Here's to a cheat-free healthy week!!