Yay!! I'm down 1 lb! At first I wasn't very excited, since I gained weight earlier in the month, and I was anxious to be back down to my lower weight... but, after meditating on it, I think I will choose to be proud of myself and excited for my progress instead of feeling anxious. It's one pound closer to my goal of 319 by Dec 31st; also, I said I wanted to lose 1.5 lb per week, and I'm 2/3 of my way to my goal this week, which is great considering it's only day 3! It's crazy how negative my brain tries to be if I don't force it to stay positive. One lb at a time. Stay focused and positive!
Lunch today was amazing. I thought I didn't have any food in the house, but I made the best of what I did have and I ended up making something very satisfying and delicious: I made homemade guacamole (2 avocados, 1 clove of garlic, juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 an onion, sea salt, cumin, cayenne, and cilantro & a ripe tomato from my garden). YUM!!! I ate it with some iced tea, lentil chips, bell pepper strips, and a can of tuna.
I think red bell pepper strips + homemade guacamole is now my favorite way to eat raw vegetables (a close second to carrots and celery with hummus).
I've been reading a lot about enzymes in raw fruits and vegetables lately... and I think I need to work on this; I don't have a problem eating raw fruits or getting plenty of cooked veggies, but I think it would help my health and my satiety if I made sure to get at least 1 serving of raw veggies per day. I think I'll make it a new goal of mine.. one serving of RAW veggies per day. It's really not difficult at all to pack hummus or guacamole with veggie strips in my lunches, so it could become my go-to lunch while I'm at class this fall.
I took a day off from exercise today, just felt like my body needed rest. I even took a nap in the early afternoon (which is usually really difficult for me, I'm not a nap person), so I'm proud of myself for letting it happen and not fighting it... nothing like sleep when your body needs to repair and relax. I also took a long bath with epsom salts which made me feel really relaxed and refreshed.
Dinner tonight is going to be gluten-free pizza from a local take-and-bake place... they have really high quality ingredients.. we're also getting a garden greens salad with candied walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. The pizza that I chose has chicken, pesto, artichokes, olives, onion, tomatoes, and parmesan -- not your run of the mill pizza. Although it is a lot healthier than Dominos or something, it's still a lot of calories and the gluten-free crust is simple/refined carbs... so I'm going to practice moderation and be sure to stay in my calorie range.
I found the nutrition info for a large slice of this pizza on the internet... but ours are medium... so I did some math to figure out the calories: a medium slice (12 in pizza) is about 0.735% of a large slice (14 inch pizza). So, I can eat 3 medium slices and half of the salad at dinner and still be in my calorie and macronutrient ranges for the day. Perfect. Glad I am tracking again.. just knowing how much I can have is helping me mentally prepare to turn down an extra slice.
I'm feeling really good :) I think sticking to my goals and making positive choices is helping me feel stronger and more confident... I feel like I can really do this, despite my struggles. Despite being a crazy person. Haha!
Walks for the week: 2/5
Yoga/Strength Training: 1/3
lbs lost this week: ............. 1 lb
lbs lost since July 20th: ...... 1 lb
lbs lost total: .................. 67 lb