Monday, June 6, 2016

Counting calories makes me hangry and other dieting woes

Or alternatively titled The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of weight loss. I'll let you decide what category each falls under ;)
Keep Calm I can't I'm dieting
The smell of raw broccoli makes me mad. Why is it so stinky?!

Give me all the garlic powder.

Water will forever be my best friend. Even if I pee 278,943 times a day.

This challenge had nothing to do with losing weight and everything to do with changing my eating habits. I have a massive sweet tooth and a snacking tendancy. I cut out all sweets and mostly all sugars minus what was in my peanut butter and yogurt. And snacks were healthy, whole foods (apples, smoothies, celery) instead of crackers or chips. 

Day four gets me twisted every. Time. That is my hangriest day and man it feels good to get past it.

Have cheat days to save your sanity. I gave myself two every week but still tracked my calories.

The number on the scale doesn't define me. I actually stepped on it for the first time in a year just to document this challenge. And it was the same as last year. Now, I know my weight fluctuated during that year but my biggest indicators of how I carry weight is 1) how my clothes fit and 2) how I feel. A number on a scale gives me neither of those validations and usually just makes me feel worse. After a month of dieting, I lost 1 pound.

I will never like working out. Walking the dog and wrangling the girls is my extent of physical exertion. I think I was ruined by the gym at 17 when an ex boyfriend made me go when he had the weight problem and that did wonders on my self esteem.

Doing something like this is so much more rewarding when friends do it too. Misery loves companionship, I mean moral support is key ;)

I can only eat chicken so many days in a row before dying a little inside.

Favorite new recipes:
honey shrimp
parchment packet fish
Asian chicken lettuce cups
Asian chicken lettuce wraps (Inspired by Desiree)



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13 comments:

  1. You go girl! Those meals look so yummy! I don't like working out either. I'd much rather just play outside or go on walks than work out. Ha ha!

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  2. This is so funny. I can totally relate. I hate working out.

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  3. I definitely want to try that pork and shrimp! Keep sharing your healthy recipes!

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  4. I used to LOVE working out (like borderline obsessed), but just can't get into it since Mila's been born. I feel like I either need to spend my free time playing with her or sleeping. Luckily (I think?), Mila never ever stops going, so I get my fair share of activity! Those meals all look so amazing. And now I'm hungry.

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  5. Oh my gosh do you live inside my head?! Seriously I could have totally wrote this. A thought I have every time I eat egg whites is, don't gag, don't gag.

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  6. Look at you!!! You are doing great!!! I am totally pinning these recipes to try later. I love a good tried & true recipe post!
    I've been thinking about doing a Whole 30 stint to kick my snacky McSnackerson habit. I just can't quit it!

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    1. P.S. is that the Seed of Change quinoa & brown rice combo from Costco? ;)

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  7. You go girl, I need to get on this train with you! I can do this too...help!

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  8. I hate working out, and dieting makes me cry. And healthy food sucks. And this is why I am super duper healthy! yay. oh wait...
    right? chicken daily, kill me. And eggs as well. Eggs in the morning start making me gag after day 2.

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  9. The FB group was so awesome!! I cannot believe all the support and inspiration.
    But, yes, day four? Go to hell. Seriously.
    And, whyyyyyyy do I want ALL THE FOOD at 8pm every. single. night?!!
    In other news. Way to rock the healthy! Keep it up, and keep the lettuce wraps going. :)

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  10. You have done so well!!! Dieting is hard stuff. I'm trying to eat healthier, cut out carbs and drink more water until our big vacation in July. Ugh! So hard.

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  11. Great job!! No sugar is the hardest thing.

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  12. I am on day 8 of no dairy, no soda, no coffee and can I tell you that I thought I was going to die at day 6? But here I am, a survivor :)

    I love how you are looking at all components, not just a number on a scale.

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