Good news, y’all! I’ve actually lost some weight!!! Nine pounds to be exact!
I would love to say it is because I have been so diligent in my “journey to wellness” that I posted about in November, but that would be a lie.
Sooooo, I’ve got some splainin’ to do…
I started off really good in November, drinking a lot of water and eating a little healthier. My next goal was to exercise more. Um… Let’s just say that that didn’t go over so well. I attended one Zumba class. That’s it.
And then it was December. Lord, help us all. Is it even possible to NOT gain weight during the holidays?!!
I wrote a post about how I was pretty much going to try and maintain in December, and then in January I was going to HIT IT HARD. :)
I didn’t maintain… I GAINED! Good grief!!
Last weekend, we went down to Georgia to visit my husband’s side of the family. Sania Louise is the only granddaughter in the bunch, but she loves it! We had a blast, but we also talked about getting healthier in the new year.
So we decided to form a group on the LOSE IT! app and hold each other accountable.
Cy, Jonathan, and I are using the app, (along with my MIL, FIL, SILs, BIL, and nephews!) and we have been counting our calories all this week. I am able to have a little over 1,300 calories. So each day, I have been logging what I have been eating, and in the past week I’ve lost 9 pounds!!!
I’m not kidding, y’all!
I knew I would start to lose weight, but I didn’t think I would lose so much so quickly. But to be truthful, I have a WHOLE lot to lose!
And the one thing that I think is making a HUGE difference is that I didn’t drink one single coke all week! It is my goal to give them up for good. Coke and Diet Coke.
Plus, I have not eaten any sweets, like chocolate, candy, donuts, etc. To satisfy my “sweet tooth,” I have been putting honey on a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 bread. I LOVE this bread!!
I do not like to use it for a sandwich, but I LOVE toasting it until it is super crispy, and then topping it with natural peanut butter and/or honey. Deee-licious!
This is the peanut butter I like, and it has to be refrigerated. You can get it HERE.
Something I have been drinking to help me not crave Cokes so much are these cans of Zevia. Don’t get me wrong, they are no large Coke from McDonald’s, but they are sweet and they have fizz, so I can deal.
-Zero Calories with No Sugar and No Artificial Sweeteners
-Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher, Clear in Color
-Naturally Sweetened with Stevia and Monk Fruit
-Contains 45mg of Caffeine per Can
They are better for me than Diet Cokes, so this is what I am drinking right now. I like the flavors: Cola, Cherry Cola, and Grape. You can check them out HERE.
The other thing that I am drinking to help satisfy my sweet tooth is tea from Teavana. We have a new Teavana store in our local mall, and every time I walk past it, I stop and get a sample of their tea of the day. It’s a little pricey, and something I would never buy for myself, so I asked Cy to get it for me for Christmas. ;) I got the Season’s Treatings Dessert Teas, and I LOVE them!
I’ve never been a big tea drinker, but I LOVE the flavors of the loose leaf teas. I am looking forward to trying new flavors during each new season.
I brew myself a single cup in the morning with this Teavana Perfectea Maker. They come in different colors, but I got mine in black.
Before brewing, I add Belgian Rock Sugar. It’s the perfect touch of sweetness to each cup. I usually drink my tea hot, but you can also fix it over ice.
“Unprocessed. Unrefined. Unparalleled.
This all-natural, non-GMO beet sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to your cup. Pure crystals dissolve while your tea steeps, enhancing complex flavors without drowning them out. It’s the perfect complement to any of our teas—or any other beverage that needs a boost. Made in Belgium.”
So a cup of tea is usually less than 40 calories, which is WAY better than the 300 calories that are in a Large Coke!!
Now here is another big reason I lost weight this week…I didn’t eat out at all. I ate every meal from home. #firsttimeever
And y’all, don’t pass out, but I cooked dinner four times this week!! I KNOW!
I told Cy I might have missed my calling. #not
Here is what we ate for dinner this week:
Tuesday: Sirloin Steak, Brown Rice, and Broccoli
Wednesday: Top Round Roast, Carrots, Mashed Cauliflower, and Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms
Thursday: Baked Chicken Breasts, Brown Rice, Skillet Sweet Potatoes, and Asparagus
Friday: Taco Salad-Beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, and Sour Cream
That doesn’t sound like a diet, does it?! I measured each of my portions and put the info in my LOSE IT! app, and I was able to stay under my calorie budget every single day.
The cool thing about this past week is that I have only felt hungry a couple of times all week. I tried to fill my meals with some type of protein so I wouldn’t get hungry. I haven’t felt like I was on a diet at all.
Sooooo, I am feeling really motivated right now. Next week, I am planning to start exercising. I told Cy to sign us up for the Papa John’s 10 Miler in Louisville, KY on April 1st. I ran in that race about 5 years ago, and I want to challenge myself to do it again. Running will definitely help me lose some weight as well.
And of course, I still use my essential oils every single day. These oils are life changing. I seriously cannot tell you how much I love them. Cy is even starting to use them and loves them. His favorite is Frankincense.
This oil is seriously the most amazing oil ever! If you do not know about the benefits of using Frankincense, PLEASE just google “Young Living Frankincense Oil Testimonials” and see what comes up! You won’t believe what you read. (and unfortunately, I cannot share it here on my page because of the “ef-dee-a”)
If you would like to start using essential oils, click HERE.
Okay, I think that is it! I’m super stoked about staying on my eating plan! I will keep you updated on my progress. :)
If any of you want to join me on the LOSE IT! app, you can add me as a friend by going to “friends,” tapping the plus sign in the upper right corner, and then adding my email address: email@example.com.
If you have any great healthy meal ideas to share with me, I would love to hear about them.
Have a blessed day, friends!!
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