Sunday, March 20, 2011

WLW ~ A Better Week

It's Weight Loss Wednesday again (I'm super late, but posting anyway) - hosted by my sweet and encouraging friend Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake!

This was a better week for me as I did some tracking of my food and paid better attention to portions.  I even had a dinner with 16 people in our home and LOTS of good food, but controlled my eating (even had dessert).  I only got in 2 Zumba sessions during the week, but I think all the cleaning/cooking for the dinner burned a few calories too!

I lost 1.5 lbs for the week!!  Woo Hoo, but that's only a net 1 lb loss for 3 weeks.  I am always happy to be down at all, but it's the ridiculously slow pace that does me in.  We'll see how this next week ends up.  I've already been exercising more, but the scale is just not moving.  I do feel better when I exercise more though!

How did your week go?  Keep it up!  It gets hard, but the end result (being healthy and feeling better) will be worth it - no matter how long it takes us to get there!  :)

Link up your own weight loss posts for Weight Loss Wednesday at Confessions of a Snowflake!

Have a healthy day!
Lisa  :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WLW ~ Struggling

I did not have the best week and that is no surprise for me.  I tend to rebel at my own weight-loss efforts, thinking that I shouldn't have to always be so careful about what I eat or have to make time for exercising.  But those things are good for me!

I didn't track my food at all during the week and ate out a couple of times.  I only made it to the gym once for a Zumba class.  I knew I would have a gain for the week.  And did I ever!  I gained 2 lbs.  Ugh!!  So I gained back what I lost the week before plus extra.  So this week is like starting all over!

On a side note, I ate some really salty foods the couple of days before I did my weigh-in.  I knew I was retaining some water, especially since one ankle seemed a bit swollen.  That is a good tip - watch out for too much salt!  We all need salt, but sometimes when we focus on weight loss, we end up eating things with hidden sodium.  If you're eating a lot of soups, frozen dinners, or reduced-fat foods - check the sodium amounts.  A long time ago, I was surprised to discover that a Caramel Frappuccino Light at Starbucks (it used to be my go-to diet treat, but now I try to avoid fat-free foods and artificial sweeteners) was really high in sodium.  Read your labels and look at nutrition guides!

I know that having a bad week is the sort of thing that makes some people quit, but not me.  I'm not happy about it, but I will try again this week!  I went to another Zumba class Tuesday night; I'll do a workout at home today and I've got my tracker out right now with my breakfast written down.  Already an improvement over last week!  :)

I know it's very hard, but we can do this!  Don't give up!  Be encouraged!  My friend Alicia is so encouraging - stop by her place for Weight Loss Wednesdays!  You can link up your own posts too!

Have a healthy day,
Lisa  :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

WLW ~ A Good Start

Welcome to Weight Loss Wednesdays - hosted by my friend Alicia - except that it's already Friday!  I was too busy to post this week.  So a little late, but here we go!

I said this would be a week of transition and I was right.  I tracked my food and ate healthy part of the time and I ate the wrong stuff and too much of it part of the time. I'm still trying to get completely on track.

I did start going to the gym though I need to go more.  I went twice to do the elliptical machine and then Monday night I went to a Zumba class!  That was so much fun, but SO hard!  My calf muscles have just now recovered!  I hope to go to another class tonight in fact.

So what about weight loss?  I actually had some!  I lost 1.5 lbs for the week!  I'll take it!  Any loss at all makes me happy, but I need to keep it up.

I'm just focusing on a smaller short-term goal right now.  My birthday is in about 6 weeks and I'd like to lose between 10 and 15 lbs by then.  That should be very doable if I just stay.on.track.  I have trouble doing it on my own, but I know the Lord can help me!  All I have to do is ask.

I'm so encouraged by Alicia's weight loss posts at Confessions of a Snowflake - be sure to stop by her place!  She said that it's about perseverance - so true!

What are your short-term goals?  How did your week go?

Have a healthy day,
Lisa  :)