Important news first: Lost 2.4lbs this week! I’ll be honest I was hoping for 3, but I will totally take 2.4! :) That brings my two week total to 8.2lbs down, and I really feel good. My clothes feel a little bit looser and I can see that I’m less puffy in my face. I am planning to take pictures of myself for every 10lbs or so that I lose, so I’m looking forward (relatively speaking) to taking new pictures to see if there is any difference that you can see from a photograph.
This weekend was exactly what I needed! Preston and I packed up the car and drove down to central Illinois to visit my best friend Katie and her amazing little girls Lorelei (3) and Sophie (8 months). They recently moved to a new house and this was our first visit there. Katie and I have known each other since we were 12 years old – talk about the most awkward stage of your life ever! We have managed to maintain our friendship over hundreds of miles for the past 11 years or so since we finished high school. She is truly my best friend and I always feel refreshed after a visit with her. Preston and Lorelei have known each other since infancy and get along really well – they had a blast this weekend!
Katie got out the little pool for the kids. We took them to the park in the morning. I made dinner for Katie and myself after the kids were in bed and we had ourselves some wine and girl talk in the hot tub. We had a great time. I think that making sure I have fun things like trips down south planned are really beneficial to my overall wellbeing. And weekends that Preston is with me seem to be the hardest part of the week for me, so it was a great way to spend our weekend.
We came home on Saturday night so that we could be home on Sunday for a big family meal with my sister’s in-laws. Sundays are typically a day that my dad cooks dinner. He is an AMAZING cook. He smokes meat and other various things and has really taken a liking to cooking for the family on the weekends. The hard part is that its not generally the most healthy stuff – and I certainly have no idea on calorie counts. Last weekend I requested he make something healthy because it was Mother’s Day and I got to have an input. This weekend however was a different story. He made steak with a garlic/butter sauce, smoked potatoes covered in cheese and bacon and grilled asparagus covered in an unknown amount of oil. My mom also bought a cake to celebrate my sister and brother-in-laws anniversary. I started the day as usual with some Fiber One for breakfast and a piece of fruit. But I quickly realized that it would be a really challenging day to stay on my diet. Additionally Preston had not slept well Saturday night, which meant I didn’t sleep so well, and when I’m even a little bit tired I struggle to feel like I want to make good food choices.
I ultimately decided to just participate in the meal and get back on track this morning. Since we had company I didn’t want to draw attention to myself requiring a different menu and the food looked really good. I thought through everything and thought that if this is to be a realistic, life long change then I don’t want to always feel like I have to abstain from the feast. I certainly can’t join in every weekend but this was one I wanted to enjoy. I do wish we ate more food that fell on the healthier side of things but I can’t change what everyone else eats so there are times I just have to say no.
After dinner yesterday I felt a little disappointed in myself for not being strong enough to do my own thing. I went online and looked at a variety of inspiring things to help keep me motivated – in the past I may let a choice like enjoying Sunday night dinner turn into a complete deviation from the diet for several weeks. I was catching up on some of my blogs and was motivated by reading the story of Katie’s (different Katie than my best friend) success of completing her first marathon yesterday!! It was a long and hot journey for her and she even contemplated only running half of it but she persevered and completed the whole thing. Reading her story helped me to remember that you can’t get down on yourself for deviating for a moment or two from your plan. Its all about the big picture and pushing yourself to keep going even when you want to cut the journey short. Thank you Katie (she’s at www.runsforcookies.com – check her blog out!) for inspiring me to stick with it and keep going.
This morning I got up and took Preston to the gym and burned 750 calories on the elliptical!! My knee hasn’t been bothering me much and I felt great through the whole workout. We did our weekly grocery shopping and I wasn’t tempted to buy anything that’s off limits so that was also a success! Now I’m watching Alice in Wonderland with Pres and can smell my dinner cooking in the crock pot (If it turns out as good as it smells I’ll be sharing the recipe tomorrow!) Hope you all had a great weekend!