Sunday is my official weigh-in day, though I do also check throughout the week. Needless to say, it's great to be 30+ lbs down from my highest weight, instead of bouncing around between 20-25 lbs lost. Of course, the fact that some pants that were fitting too well are now looser is also concrete example that things are going well.
I have not had a week like this in a very long time. I tracked everything I ate and didn't take any extra licks in there like I usually have when doing things like making the kids' lunches or doing other cooking. I resisted temptations (something that is completely unheard of for me). I exercised, not as much as I would have liked, but I think I have figured out enough ways to work around my ankle so that the upcoming week is better in that area.
There were a few things that could have tripped me up this weekend, but didn't:
-My husband and I went to a Mexican restaurant yesterday. I had looked at the menu online in advance so I knew what they served. We decided to split an order of chicken fajitas - that usually has a good amount of veggies, plus an order is generally pretty generously sized.
When we got to the restaurant, they immediately brought out the basket of tortilla chips with salsa. Oh, how could I forget the chips? I love chips and salsa! I figured out how I was doing for the day and determined that I would be fine with having a 1-ounce serving of chips (I guessed 10 chips) and 2 Tbsp of salsa. After I had that amount, I pushed the basket toward my husband. I was done. I think this was the first time ever that he and I have gone to a Mexican restaurant and the two of us have only eaten one basket of tortilla chips before the meal.
-The chicken fajita order was HUGE! So much so that even with splitting the order, there was still filling left over. Instead of trying to finish it off, we just got a to-go box. I was full from what I had eaten, so ordering dessert was definitely not in the plan.
-After doing some other activities, we went to pick up our kids from a friend's house. We got there a little earlier than anticipated, so they were still eating dinner. My friend said, "We made brownies for dessert, so I'll just put those in a baggie for your kids. Would you like one, too?" As a die-hard chocoholic, the words that came out of my mouth next surprised even me: "Oh, no, thank you. I'm very full from our meal" and I told her about the gigantic fajita. "Are you sure?" she asked again. "Oh, yes," I replied, "I appreciate it, but no." We left, I gave the kids the brownies, and I didn't spend all evening pining over the brownie that could have been.
-Later in the evening, I was feeling a little hungry. The old me would have devoured the leftovers. But instead, I ate a few carrots and nibbled on a couple peppers and onions from the leftovers. Nice that I will have yummy leftovers for dinner tonight
-On Sundays, we go to church and Bible study. Every week at Bible study, one of the families is responsible for something brunch-y for all the attendees. Not knowing what was going to be served, I ate half of a protein bar and hoped there would be something semi-nutritious there. It ended up being these muffins as big as your head (cut in half, but still not a good choice), powdered donut holes, cake donuts, and bananas. This did help - I'm not a big donut fan, and muffins sometimes leave a filmy residue in my mouth. Was it worth it to spend calories on that? No, but I was tempted by the muffins a bit. It wasn't a big draw, so I grabbed a banana and sat down. I had the rest of my protein bar after Bible study to round out my breakfast.
Of course, there are always other temptations. For example, my husband's birthday is this week, which means I will be making treats for his workplace and something special for his birthday here at home. Will I lick the bowls? If I do, I will be sure to track it. I will also be going out for coffee with a friend this week, and we all know what landmines exist in coffee shops. But, I just need to learn from my successes, make the best choices I can in the moment, pray for strength in those situations that I know may be problematic, and forgive myself when I fall short.
Hope all is going well in your world!