It's that time of the week again! I was actually looking forward to this day. I used to dread getting on the scale, but I know that I have been eating healthy and only within the parameters that I have set for myself, so I was okay with whatever the scale showed this week.
I am not going to lie and say that this past week was easy. It was a lot more difficult for me in week two than in week one. I think in week one, we didn't have a lot of "extras" happening, so I was in my own controlled environment and wasn't too tempted when it came to food. This past week was a lot more hectic.
The first obstacle was Halloween. Oh my good heavens did my children procure the most amount of candy! And lots of chocolate, which is my favorite. I am happy to report that I haven't delved into their stash. Halloween night, I allowed myself two squares of dark chocolate from my own bar that I keep. I usually will allow myself one square a day if I want it.
The second obstacle I faced was my sweet grandfather's 80th birthday party, which was held at a barbecue restaurant. Now, my biggest temptations are sweets and bread. And barbecue joints always have lots of scrumptious toasted garlic bread. When I ordered, I just told the waitress to not even bring it to me (a slice came with the roasted chicken I got.)
|My little family with my grandfather and grandmother.|
|My sister-in-law Kayla and I at the bbq restaurant.|
I am happy to report that I left the restaurant cake and bread free and was able to eat off the menu within my set guidelines.
Now, I know that I am being super strict right now. And you may think it a little rigid. I am being strict for two reasons. One, my body is still detoxing and my metabolism and blood sugar should even out during this time. Two, I know myself. I know my triggers and I still don't trust myself yet. I will eventually add back in whole grains and other healthy foods, but I am not ready to do that yet.
The third obstacle was the taking our girls to the fair. It was a large fair with a whole midway full of food vendors. The smells and sights assaulted me with every step I took. You know the typical fair food. Oh, it was hard, but I left there without indulging even though my stomach was screaming at me to send the caramel candy apple to the party in my tummy.
Then on the way home, my husband suggested that we stop at McDonald's as we headed back home. I looked at him like he was crazy! I didn't want to step foot in a McDonald's. I didn't think I had the strength to resist a quarter pounder and fries. Or even to watch them eat them while I chewed on a salad like a cow chewing cud. BUT, I ordered a premium burger, took the bun off and ate apples on the side. I did it. (Praise God!!!) Temptation annihilated.
Now, some of you may be wondering why I am making a big deal out of these occasions. If you don't struggle with food addiction or something similar to that, you just plain won't understand.
I mean, I wanted some garlic bread more than Edward wanted Bella's blood. I wanted those fries at McDonald's and a caramel candy apple at the fair like a junkie wants a hit. It was hard.
But I am pressing on toward the goal, people. And I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Now, if you ever watch the Biggest Loser, you know about the dreaded Week Two Weigh-in. You know that historically on the show, people pull great numbers on week one and not so good on week two. It is no different with me this week.
This week's weight loss is...... 2 lbs.
For a total of 12lbs. in two weeks.
Down from 304 to 292
Down from 304 to 292
On the Biggest Loser, they may have hung their heads in shame or frustration for a number like that, but I am super proud of my 2 pounds! That is a good, healthy amount to lose each week. As long I am moving in the right direction, I am happy.
I found this picture on Pinterest showing what fat looks like. I am looking at the 10 pound and 15 pound lumps of fat and knowing I am somewhere in between the two feels really good.
I still have a really long road ahead of me. I am seeing how this has to be complete life change or I will just end up where I am now again.
But, I am up for the challenge! I will do this! I am not a casualty on the battlefield. I am a fighter!
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