Sunday, February 16, 2014

Slim & Sassy Sunday - Getting on Track

WOW. What a difference a week can make. I didn't lose a ton over last week but I did lose some which is great. I was actually worried because this week was Valentine's Day so I knew I would be indulging in more treats than I normally do. My Mom actually made us some cute heart shaped sugar cookies and some chocolate covered strawberries which were delightful.


I also bought Joe a box of chocolate truffles from V Chocolates which has been wonderful but definitely additional calories I wouldn't normally be consuming.



One thing I am learning through this weight loss journey is that I need to be mindful of what I'm eating. That doesn't mean I cut out everything I love in life. That means I really do eat things in moderation. I try my hardest to take the time to savor my meal and really enjoy the flavors we've put together. It's taking the time to taste things and know that if it's not wonderful or isn't meeting my body's needs I can feel ok in passing on it or eating something else instead. I am sure all of us have had at least one experience where we tried something, didn't love it, but somehow felt obligated to eat it anyway. NO! If my office brings in store bought goodies and I take a bite and don't love it I know I can be done with it. I don't have to eat an entire stale doughnut or overly sweet cookie just because everyone around me is.  My idea for work is if it's not homemade from scratch I don't have to feel bad in saying no. Sometimes I do indulge in something if it's from some of our amazing local bakeries but most of the time I just pass and feel great about it at the end of the day.

I do want to acknowledge that sometime life puts you in circumstances where you can't eat organic fruits and veggies every day (we don't). Sometimes it is easier to pick up fast food on the way home when the kids/husband are starving (been there done that). You may not have the budget to buy more than beans and rice and all of this is ok. Sometimes you have to make short term sacrifices for long term gains. If you are working a budget to pay off your debts and save to buy a home then maybe you have to eat beans and rice for a while until you can get a few things paid off. That's ok! Maybe it is easier to buy the kids a fast food meal so you can spend more time with them playing when you get home. If it's not an every day occurrence then that's ok. It's all about balancing what's healthy and what's an occasional indulgence so you can stick with your weight loss or health plan for life. I know that one bad meal won't kill me but not caring about meals year after year just might.

There are ways to still lose weight and still be healthy even if your circumstances aren't idea. Maintaining a healthy weight is all about calories in and how much you're moving to burn those calories. If you're exercising more you can typically eat more. This, however, is not an open license to live off fast food just because you run every morning. Your body knows the difference between a lean and nutritious meal vs. something highly processed and filled with who knows what. You have to choose what you are willing to do if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.

So, my weigh in for today... Drum roll please...



Lost a little over a pound from last week. Considering the crazy Valentine's Day indulgences that's not bad. My biggest takeaways from this week were:
  1. Everything in moderation. If you eat cookies for breakfast you need to eat a light lunch. (I seriously did this on Saturday. HA HA HA!)
  2. Don't stop trying. Just because you have one bad day is no excuse to throw out the rest of the week. (I totally ate too many cookies and other treats but I just worked harder to eat better on other meals.)
  3. Don't force yourself to eat if you're not hungry. I have found the Slim & Sassy oil keeps my hunger in check so I monitor what I eat during the day and if I hit dinner and am not hungry that's ok. I'll usually just have some veggies or a small portion and know that I'll be fine since I'm still eating enough for my body to function.
I'm telling you, Slim & Sassy works. (If you want to learn more about Slim & Sassy let me know. It's amazing and is working wonders for me. It's the ONLY thing I've ever tried that has actually helped me manage what I eat and not feel starving all day long.) I also contribute my weight loss to using an app (Lose it!) to track my food and using the Fitbit to track my steps, how much water I drink, and how I am sleeping (which thanks to lavender oil is AMAZING!).

There are so many great weight loss programs out there as well as really bad ones. I hope that if you too are on a journey to health and wellness we can travel together and find what works for each of us to make lasting changes that will impact our lives and the lives of those around us. Remember, misery loves company so don't be surprised when you start to make weight loss gains that people come out of the woodwork with cake and cookies and reasons to be lazy and skip the gym. Show the world that YOU are in control and that you are serious about being healthy for life! You can do it no matter how hard it seems! I'm here for you to support you and I know there are tons of other ways to get great support! So let's stick it out together and make this happen!

What is your preferred method for losing weight/staying healthy? I have tried Weight Watchers and know that for some people that works great. I've also done cleansing before and cutting foods out of my diet and those just haven't worked for me long term. Tell me what are your secrets to lasting health and weight loss.

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