Week 19: 319
Weight Lost This Week: 2
Total Weight Lost: 71 pounds
I was a bit of a struggle this week, as it’s that time of the month (sorry for the TMI), but managed to make it through without going too crazy. Definitely feeling the extra carbs though – very puffy and achy.
Week 18: 321
Weight Lost This Week: 5
Total Weight Lost: 69 pounds
Week 17: 326
Weight Lost This Week: 7
Total Weight Lost: 64 pounds
I know I say this often, but weight loss is weird. I’m not currently exercising – haven’t really had the energy and the weather has had everything aching, and I’m not even being all that exacting on what I’m eating. I mean, I am aiming to stay under 1200, but there are days (like yesterday) when I eat things that I don’t really know the calorie count (hubby made cabbage rolls, but they had a ton of extra cheese in them and probably higher fat ground beef) but somehow it’s all still working out. At least for now.
Definitely not complaining though!! I’ll take what I can get. 🙂
So, now that I’m back on track (more or less), I’m continuing the quest for yummy, hopefully somewhat healthier, low carb options. Enter Simple Mills and their line of gluten-free bake mixes.
I ordered the 3-count set, which came with Chocolate Muffin, Artisan Bread, and Chocolate Chip Cookie mixes. Of course, I made the Chocolate Muffins…
They weren’t bad and still warm it was like eating a brownie (which according to the directions you can actually make brownies with this mix so double yay!!). Not super-sweet – more of a dark chocolate flavor, but all-in-all pretty tasty. And at 110 calories* and 14 carbs, it definitely fits into my diet (with a little protein and fiber thrown in as well).
Can’t wait to try the other mixes!! Yum!!
* to make sure that each muffin was as close to the suggested serving as possible I used a one tablespoon scoop and evenly distributed the batter. Each muffin cup took about 3 tablespoons… making a total of 12 muffins.
Week 16: 333
Weight Lost This Week: 5
Total Weight Lost: 57 pounds
Whoo-hooo!! Back on track. Lost what I gained and an extra pound as well. (even though I ate one of those Reese’s Peanut Butter donuts XD)
Week 15: 338
Weight Lost This Week: 0 (gained 4 pounds)
Total Weight Lost: 52 pounds
To be fair, there were 2 birthdays, my dad was in town, and it was that time of the month. On the other hand, even though I ate a ton of crap this week, I don’t think I should have gained 4 pounds from it. There were only 2 days that I was WAY, WAY over and on most of the others I was on-target or my exercise calories came pretty close to canceling out the overages (normally I don’t eat them back, but some do) – so this much of a gain seems to be excessive. Especially given that my 1200 a day calorie goal is quite a ways under what most programs say that I need to eat in order to lose (like most put me around 1700), so even if I’m not losing anything, I shouldn’t be gaining either. Oh well… on to a new week and getting back on track.
The really sad part – except for the day I ate at Outback (and the birthday cakes), most of the food I ate wasn’t that great and I ended up regretting eating it almost immediately. What’s the fun of eating if you can’t enjoy it? 😦
Week 14: 334
Weight Lost This Week: 2 pounds
Total Weight Lost: 56 pounds
Slow and steady wins the race…
Week 13: 336
Weight Lost This Week: 3 pounds
Total Weight Lost: 54 pounds
Weight loss is so weird. Anyhoo… I actually weighed in on Thursday this week, because I’ll be technically out of town most of Friday – only going about 20 minutes down the road, but didn’t want to have to mess with traffic and parking so we got a hotel (might as well take a mini-vacay when I can. LOL).
#RaleighSuperCon FTW!! Hubby wants to meet Michael Rooker and Jason Mews, so off we go. It goes without saying that I probably won’t be eating all that well Thursday night and Friday, but at least this way I’ll know where I was and can better judge the damage. Will try not to go too overboard though. XD
Despite my frustrations on the weeks where I don’t lose much, obviously I am losing weight consistently, and after thinking it over for a while, I’ve decided not to have the surgery.
I had told my doctor in the beginning that if I was going to do it, it had to be no later than the very beginning of August (and even that was pushing it) and even though I got all my stuff done early, the last appointment I needed (for an EGD), they couldn’t schedule until the end of July. Which, of course, pretty much screwed me (since they still have to submit everything to the insurance and wait for it all to be approved). I’d already been having some doubts anyways, so rather than try to cram everything in last minute (and hope it all somehow managed to work itself out), I took it as a sign and cancelled the whole thing.
Honestly, I’m glad. The more I thought about it, I really, really was uncomfortable with messing around with my insides. I mean, if they’d done it when I went in for my first appointment, that would have been fine, but giving me all this time to think about it – not good. XD Besides, I’m already able to restrict what I eat – most of the time anyways – so physically making my stomach smaller doesn’t seem like it will make that much of a difference. And I’m worried that if I have days when I feel like I’m starving, I don’t want to not be able to eat if I want to. I want to lose the weight, but I also don’t want to be totally miserable while I’m doing it (at least not more so than I already am).
I will still continue to work on losing the weight and I will still continue to follow up with the doctor regularly (they have a non-surgical team as well), maybe not every month, but at least every 2-3 months. That way I have some sort of accountability. If I try to do it on my own I will totally failsauce. Definitely don’t want to do that. Plus the oldest is getting married in early October, so I still have a good reason (well… at least another good reason) for keeping on keeping on. With a bit of luck, I could be under 300lbs by then (or at least pretty close), which would be AWESOME!!!
It’s pretty clear to me, that the banana flavored meal replacement shake isn’t as filling as the other flavors (such as the mocha and chocolate that I generally also drink). Like, it has nearly the same ingredients (other than the flavorings), but for whatever reason, when I drink the banana ones, I spend the rest of the day starving, whereas, with the others I don’t feel the constant need to fill my belly. So… no more banana. Or at least not to start the day with.