Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I lost a day somewhere

Yesterday was so crazy busy, I didn't have a chance to check in! I found myself a little, I don't want to say depressed, but down (maybe?) over the weekend.  I think it is lack of sun.  I can deal with the cold but it gets to be too much, I think, when the sun doesn't come out for days/weeks.  It is unusual for Texas. 

When I get down, I start thinking of all the things that are wrong with me.  But last night, a friend posted this and it made me smile.
Remembering that I have no harsher critic than myself, I was able to relax a little and focus on all the awesomeness in my life.  I texted back and forth with a good friend for a large portion of the evening and it was just delightful to talk with her.  This morning, I'm mostly back to my happy self.  I think my workout at lunch will push me over the edge.  Plus, the sun is supposed to come back in a few days!!
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I said I was planning a surprise for myself for my successful month of Paleo?  Here is is:


Apologies for the super close up, no makeup pics.  I had just worked out.
Yesterday was check in day for my 40 By 40 Challenge.  I lost 0 pounds this month which started to depress me until I remembered to measure.  I had measured at my last check in just a month ago.  I lost FIVE inches!!  Even though I lost no weight whatsoever on the scale, I had gone down in size.  Most notably, I lost an inch and a half in my waist and belly and a half inch in each upper arm.  Day-um!  No changes to the ample booty and thunder thighs, but you can't have everything.  Ha!
It just reminded me that the scale is not the only measure of success.  While watching the months tick by without the scale moving is frustrating, the real point is to shrink my size.  So, that made me feel much better.  And I'm sure the scale will catch up eventually.  Most of all, it showed me that I am indeed on the right path.  I have never eaten so healthy and my workouts are consistent.  Bottom line, this is a great lifestyle to lead.
I had to work out at home last night because I forgot my workout clothes yesterday.  It was brutal and an ugly workout, but I got something in.  Today I plan to do 10 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill (depending on what is available), then some calisthenics, but I haven't planned it out yet. 
Today's meal plan:
Breakfast:  Coffee with cream.  Ham, mushroom, onion and kale fritatta.  These with different fillings are becoming my go to breakfast.  I make them on Sunday and have a good and easy breakfast all week long.
Lunch:  Baked chicken and braised cabbage.  The cabbage was absolutely delicious, but the chicken was only okay.  It tasted good, but the drumsticks came out very rubbery.  I'm not sure what I did wrong. 
Snack:  mixed nuts.  We have these on hand here at work and to be honest I forgot to bring anything else.
Dinner:  Sausage and veggie stir fry.  This is another "go to".  I simply heat up some meat which could be anything I have on hand and throw it in with some veggies (fresh or frozen) and make a stir fry.  I use different meats and veggie combos to keep it interesting.
Monday through Friday, I do a fantastic job eating Paleo.  On occassion, I slip, but I'm probably at least 90% compliant and my slips are minor (like rice, corn or the occassional diet tea).  Saturday and Sunday continue to me my achilles heel.  All I can do is continue to fight at it and not let them beat me!


Sheila said...

-5 inches...wow! That is awesome! So frustrating to know that the scale doesn't agree, but you have done AWESOME and totally deserve to reward yourself. Pretty eyes! (Sorry I've been out of the loop with blogs due to school work...did you get false eyelashes?) Anyway, they are very pretty and you totally deserve to reward yourself. Hope the sun comes out soon, we get like that here in Denver with several days of no sun. It's going to be sunny the rest of this week (for us) and I'm so excited!

MandaPanda said...

I try to stay extra good during the week and not worry so much over the weekend. Can't say if it's working yet but I'm trying.

5 inches!! Love it!

Cheri said...

Look at those lashes!!!

I just love your hair color and style btw, too. :-)

I'm glad you had a friend to cheer you up and pull you out of your slump. As we've discussed - I sure do relate to the "our own worst critic" thing, and I'm glad you have folks in your life to help you out of that. xo

FitBy40 said...

OK, now I get it. I had to look at the pics about 10 times before I noticed! Very subtle but nice.
Great job on sticking to Paleo.

I'll send you my cell # on FB and you can text me ANY time you're feeling down, now that I've entered the 21st century and actually have texting!

Have you ever considered a happy light? they work.