Monday, November 24, 2014

Making Progress

Green smoothie of the morning: 2 c. water, 2 c. spinach (blend). add 2 frozen bananas, 1 c. pineapple, 1 c. mango (blend again).  I poured off Joel's portion then added more pineapple to my half. 

I've been doing a daily green smoothie in the morning for the last three weeks since Joel and I participated in a 10 day eat clean challenge.  I was already part of an online accountability group for improving my health.

I've lost 16 pounds in the last 10 weeks.  I stopped indulging, cut back on drinking sweet tea, added more veggies into my diet, cut out dairy/meat/sugar/caffeine for those 10 days of the challenge, and decided it was time to do something.  Joel lost about 5 pounds on the challenge and has now lost another 5...that's 10 pounds in three weeks for him.

Doing this together makes all the difference.  We aren't on a "diet" and aren't counting calories.  We're making better choices and holding each other accountable. 

This last week, I ate the "Thanksgiving Feast" with my kids at school, ate wings on Friday night when we were out with friends, enjoyed free breakfast with my kids at Chick-fil-A, and even went out with girlfriends last night and had chocolate cake. 

This morning my weight was 1.8 pounds lighter than last Monday.

The things I described above were the indulgences.  I didn't also eat Halloween candy, cookies in the office, donuts brought in, the yummy coffee drink I thought about stopping to get, pastries at church, second helpings at meals, and the cinnamon rolls at Chick-fil-A. I chose.  It's all about choices.

I'm trying to make better ones.  For my health.  For my happiness.  For my longevity.  For my clothes to fit better. 

I looked back through my medical files on Friday.  I'm at a lower weight right now than I was after having my twins and when I got pregnant with Jett (I held that weight for 5 years). I would really like to lose 7 more.  But, I'm happy with my progress.  And, I'm most happy that I haven't done anything crazy to get to this place.  I think it's sustainable.