Yesterday was weigh-in day, and I knew that it would be good for Mom and me because we earned it. But walking in and standing on the scale, seeing the fruits of your labor in black and white never gets old. After making some pretty substantial though manageable changes, I dropped 10.8 pounds this week, and Mom lost 8.8 so we were both pretty thrilled with our results.
I definitely did some things differently though nothing was outrageous or overly difficult. I replaced the majority of processed foods I usually eat with whole, unprocessed foods like lettuce, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, beans…but the most important change I made was in how I calculate my points. Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about calculating my points through the Recipe Builder on e-tools after figuring out that zero point foods are rarely zero points, and I believe that my new found knowledge (0+0+0+0+0+1=6) played a major role in my success this week. I also pushed myself at the gym.
Yesterday was a scheduled rest day for me, but I thought about the ladder all day so after my WW meeting I ate dinner then headed to the gym. I wanted to be warmed up before I tackled the ladder so I started on the crossover then moved to a recumbent bike before doing a few minutes on the arc trainer. And as I walked upstairs to the ladder, I decided that I’d try to finish 10 minutes with breaks to allow my heart rate to slow down. I set my timer, and at the end of 10 minutes I was sweating profusely and on the verge of puking. But after 10 painfully rewarding minutes, I had climbed over 200 steps on that ladder! I felt great so I cooled down on the rope climbing machine.
I feel sore and accomplished and motivated and happy, and I wouldn’t trade these feelings. I’m just so thankful that I feel this way again because on days like this I know I will reach my goals. I feel incredible, and I’m looking forward to a healthy weekend.