WEEK TWO WEIGH-IN RESULTS
20TH JANUARY 2020
I lost 2.4 lbs in my week two weigh-in. I can’t tell you how nervous I was to jump on the scale this morning. Following a week of birthday celebrations I thought for sure I would see some sort of gain.
As I sit at my desk to write this post, I can’t seem to get myself into a positive mindset. I’m feeling a little deflated. And, instead of feeling motivated to push through and smash the week ahead, I just have constant overwhelming urges to go and stuff my face with crap. I’m not going to. But it doesn’t stop me wanting to! Arrrrrrgh!
LOOKING BACK OVER THE WEEK
I knew it would be a tough week because I had a birthday lunch planned on Tuesday, an evening meal with friends on Friday, and afternoon tea booked on Saturday. There would be some lovely food, and I desperately wanted to treat myself.
But, I was also coming off a complete high from losing 9.4 lbs in my first week of attempting to lose weight
for the billionth time and wanted to continue on that trajectory.
I was wrestling with my inner demons. To eat cake or not to eat cake. That was the question! I just wanted to enjoy my birthday. And for the food addict in me, a good birthday meant indulging in
gorgeous unhealthy food.
So I thought, if I am planning to indulge in birthday cake on my birthday, then I ought to be mindful about my portion sizes at breakfast and dinner. Fine.
But very quickly, some bad habits crept back in and I skipped breakfast altogether. Not fine.
In hindsight, skipping breakfast almost certainly meant I ate more than I needed to because I was so incredibly hungry by the time lunch rolled around. But instead of learning from my mistakes, I did the same thing on Friday, and Saturday. Once again, leading me to eat more than I needed to.
I didn’t want to miss out but, I still wanted to lose weight. I told myself I deserved to have what I wanted, completely ignoring the overall purpose of what I am trying to achieve.
On a more POSITIVE note, I think it’s important to say, I did not binge, and I believe that was the reason that I still ended up losing a very respectable 2.4 lbs this week.
No one said it was going to be easy, right?!
THINGS I NEED TO WORK ON THIS WEEK
Despite it being my birthday week and losing 2.4 lbs at my week two weigh-in, I still managed to end the week on a bit of a low. Unfortunately, I think I am punishing myself for eating processed foods on three separate occasions this week.
So, I’m going to work on some positive thinking techniques to help lift my mood and bring me out of this funk. I need to focus on the positives of the week rather than the negatives and move forward. Larry Alton provides some positive thinking examples in his article 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset.
- Start the day with a positive affirmation
- Focus on the good things that happen throughout the day, no matter how small
- Look for the humour in bad situations
- Learn from failures
- Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
- Live in the present
- Hang out with positive people
It’s certainly worth a try.
REAL FOOD RECIPE OF THE WEEK
When you’re feeling low, there’s nothing quite like a comforting meal to perk you up. Healthy Spaghetti Carbonara was my go-to comfort meal this week.
I created this recipe because I wanted a real food version of one of Italy’s tastiest classics.
By adopting some of the tips I’d learned while on a Real Food Adventure trip to Ragusa, Sicily, and then adding some nutritious twists of my own, I can now enjoy this dish guilt-free as part of a healthy lifestyle.
REAL FOOD PRODUCT OF THE WEEK!
This week I felt like I hit the jackpot when I made a club sandwich using Hunter & Gather Real Food Avocado Oil Mayonnaise.
Granted, it’s not an exact like-for-like mayo swap. But, it did give me the smooth, creamy spread I desired. And, you know what. I loved the extra avocado-y flavour that came with it. Truly delicious.
And nothing but real food ingredients on the label!
A real food lifestyle does indeed require you to cook from scratch most of the time. That way, you know with 100% certainty you are not consuming processed foods.
But, the vast majority of us simply don’t have that kind of time. We end up cutting things we love from our diet because it’s easier to do so. Or worse, finding the lifestyle too restrictive and quit.
That’s why it’s so exciting to see producers like Hunter and Gather, who are dedicated to producing real food, getting their real products out into the market for us all to enjoy.
WHAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK?
This week I am going to plant my Teeny Greeny Farm Organic Microgreen Grow Kit that I received from a friend at Christmas.
I’ll be growing Broccoli, Chinese Rose Radish and Kale microgreens. Perfect (well, hopefully) for sandwiches, salads and soups.
Check in next week to see how they’ve grown!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Please leave a note if you’re on a journey of your own, I’d love to hear from you. Any advice and tips are welcome!
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