Slimmer This Summer is well underway! Last week I did very well.Goal weight loss: 16.5# Loss this week: 2.0# Loss to date: 3.5# Remaining toward goal: 13#
This week’s goals are to do the eating plan (~1,600 cal/day), drink 64 oz of water each day, walk 2 miles three times, and lose at least 2 pounds.
I did not stick to my eating plan religiously this week. I tried, but it was a struggle, and I had a few days of around 1500 cal/day, some with more, with a couple days ending in a scoop of mint chip ice cream. And I still lost pounds. That’s because I skipped most of the dinner carbs, and replaced them with additional vegs. Hi-protein breakfasts and snacks also helped keep the metabolic fire burning. A look back at my food log shows me healthy eating habits, but I could still cut down on the absent-minded noshing. Next week I won’t be home and within arm’s reach of my kitchen, so it will be easier to stick with pre-planned eating.
Also, I included a protein shake in my days, to keep that high. I use “100% Whey,” which I can only find at HyVee. (I get my chocolate fix that way.) My teen son is working on strength and upper body muscle this summer, so I have him on shakes, too. Meals are still within budget. I’ve been able to take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegs at sale prices — .99/# strawberries, YES! Great meat deals have my freezer stocked, and the recent fish sale at Bag N Save has me really stocked on that diet staple. That and the silly Cheap Chicken of the Sea tuna (.19), not to mention .11 for a package of chicken breasts.
I got tons of exercise this week. The walking is working. In addition to two 2-mile walks, I believe I went up and down my basement stairs about a gazillion times getting stuff set up for the garage sale. My upper arms, thighs and hip muscles really got a workout. Who says exercise is expensive?! I made money with the garage sale. Definitely a Cheap Thrill! (Plus I got to spend three days with my buddy Dawn.) And I can feel a difference in my clothes. My thighs and tummy are firming up! An outfit I got a couple of weeks ago (an inexpensive cute thing just to get me through the summer) already needs a waist tuck. And the thighs of those capris are a tad looser.
Now, the object of my fitness program is to replace fat with muscle. Muscle burns calories even at rest, and more of that is a good thing. Muscle also weighs more than fat (this is one reason why many women plateau during weight loss), so I’m actually losing more fat than the scale reflects, b/c some of it’s being replaced with heavier muscle. Muscle is also firmer than fat, and I’ll take that!
Unfortunately, I’m only drinking 40-64 oz of water per day. Not sure why that is, because I’m constantly reaching for the water bottle. And it seemed like I was drinking lots more during the pre-sale work. Next week I don’t anticipate more than 64 oz/day due to a new job assignment and training.
Next week will be more structured for me, and that helps my fitness program. Thanks for the prayers and finger-crossing; I’m taking on a temp assignment in the department of that open position, to be certain the placement works for both them and me. So I can plan my eating based on the known schedule, and take a few laps around the pond/lake, to boot. Weather this week should be accommodating.
That’s where I am: clipping along. How ’bout you?