Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sarah D Journal

Okay, ladies, are any of you discouraged like me? I stepped on the scale this morning and was up a pound and a half from the last time I weighed! I don't know what's going on. It seems like my weight is just fluctuating in between about 184.5 and 186. Not going above that, but not going down either. I am trying to step up the exercise, pushing it harder, etc, but still not seeing the results. I just wish I could get past this "hurdle"!!!

I have eaten pretty well this week. I had my "free" day on Saturday -there was an open house at the local co-op craft store (they bring handicrafts out from the interior villages and sell them to the expats. Although the villagers have been getting so many handouts from the government - a real problem here - that they are not motivated to make very many handicrafts!) and we had donuts! I am a bit ashamed to say I ate two, but they were sure delicious! And then on Monday was my daughter's birthday and I indulged in a bit of homemade ice cream and a cupcake... so not one of my finer weeks but I still don't feel guilty :-)

Am just thinking more about really enjoying the treats we allow ourselves. On Saturday evening I was thinking, "I am really craving something sweet!" but I wasn't sure what to let myself have (it was already a "free" day so I thought I could let myself have a treat!) I looked for ice cream in the fridge but nothing looked good. I found an American candy bar in the cupboard leftover from our family conference this summer and ate a couple of bites but it really just didn't taste that good, or satisfy my craving so I didn't finish it (yes, I actually threw it away! I am not going to tell you what kind it was in case it was your personal favorite! Ha!) Anyway, I have some bars of dark chocolate that I can get here and ate a couple squares of one of those. I have realized it really doesn't take much to satisfy the craving, and I don't want to be scarfing down whatever is in sight, even if I don't really like it, just because I am "craving" something! So that is my thought for this week :-)

Hope you all are doing well. I am trying to work up the courage to do the Shred level 2 this morning... I might chicken out but we will see :-)


Dani Joy said...

Hey, it´s great that you are not even craving very much of the sugary foods. that´s a great sign.

I would try cutting back on the carbs this week and focusing more on lean protein and veggies. that´s what I am going to do. Also, cutting back on the evening eating. go really light.

Let´s see some change this week.

Dani Joy

junglewife said...

My problem with the evening eating is this: It is when I actually cook a meal. For lunch I generally just have a smoothie since my husband is not home and I just feed the kids sandwiches. But then in the evening my husband is home so that is when I cook and that is when I actually eat a "real" meal. I know it is not the healthiest (I grew up in a Latin country where the main meal is always at lunch) but right now it is what works for us. I just don't feel comfortable eating leftovers for lunch, cooking a meal, and then eating a smoothie for dinner when everyone else is eating "real" dinner! Any suggestions?! I don't eat a LOT at dinner, but it IS our main meal. And I try not to eat anything at all after dinner (we eat around 5:30 pm.)

I should hard-boil some eggs, because those are a great snack!

Sarah W. said...

Sarah I don't have any words of wisdom for you other than to say that I understand. You've been working really hard.....just keep it up. You're body will change. Like you I feel like my body is really "happy" at the weight that I am. It's like it's settled. I know that means I just need to work a bit harder. I too have not lost weight on this challenge, but I also have to look that I have lost inches and developed some great habits so far. I mean if it were not for this challenge, I would have probably never tackled Jillian! :) Hang in there.....make changes as you see them and you'll get there.

I do agree with you on the whole craving thing though. Sometimes I think it's just because our minds are bored so we decide to eat because that's a "default". I've been trying to be more mindful of those things too. If you can get your hands on a copy of Made to Crave, you'll love it. She talks a lot about those things. I am going to be really purposeful in this week 5 about cutting those bad things.....partially sweets! We don't do much in the way of white stuff anymore, but the sweets are still the enemy! :) I've still been fighting this cold so not working out much. I think I'll be on level 1 for a bit longer. :) Hang in the friend.....you are doing great!

Sarah W. said...

PS....when you get discouraged, go back and look at your pictures from your first post/challenge! You'll see your progress!!!! :)

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Dani Joy said...

I totally understand. My body is on hold to actually but i am going to just eat salad for supper with a bit of protein for this week and see of that is it. This is what i did most of the time when i lost so much. Going to little to no carbs should help. We do have to eat differently than the family to get our bodies to change. Especoally me my husband eats and never gains. I love. To est w him but just have to cut way back.

Veggies ans fruits and protein.

Dani Joy said...

Congrats, Sarah D on breaking 200 points!