Sunday Funday: Week 26 Review

“Weight-Loss HotPants” … who knew that weight
loss only required the correct apparel?

Another week bites the dust.  Since the new year, things have been rolling along pretty well here in my little corner of the earth… and progress oftentimes begets more progress. I’ve been finding that my mindset has been fairly positive — and on the days when it’s not, or when I find myself wanting to chuck the whole damn program, I’ve been able to allow myself to acknowledge the feeling and understand that it’ll most likely pass with a good night’s sleep when I’m not so cranky.

Really, it’s the living day-to-day that I’m trying to learn.  I know I sound like a broken record, but by the time I’m done with my Lean Eating year, I don’t want to have a program that I can use, I want to have built a lifestyle that I can easily live for the rest of my life.

And now, I’ll stop waxing poetic and run the numbers:

Only good news here, once again.  The addition of the Withings wi-fi scale to the mix has helped kick things back into gear again for me.  See, for a very long time, I’ve always done my personal weigh-in’s on Friday.  So, I want to have a good number then.  Lean Eating has me weighing in on Saturdays — so, no cheating Friday night.  And the Withings website goes by a calendar week that ends on Sunday — so if I want to hit my weekly goal, I can’t go crazy on Saturday, either.  And so now the weekends, when I used to gain back most of the weight that I lost over the week, are now just like every other day.  

A decent week for me.  Things got off track immediately with the migraine on Monday, but I rallied back as the week went on, and I ended this week with two days of awesome training.  Feels good.

A little more, a little better is the phrase for this two week period and I’ve been trying to take it to heart.  I’m working on habits that, if I can successfully master them, will be the foundation of the rest of my life (not much hyperbole here, eh?).  Top of the list has been eating slowly, and while this one still proves to be difficult for me, being mindful of it has been helpful.

Intermittent Fasting
Yup, still doing it.  I’m telling you, this has been the change that’s made the most impact for me.  Simply by limiting the hours that I’m eating to 8-10 hours a day, it’s been easier to stay away from the crap food and drop some of the weight.

Habit Log
Weeks 1-2: Fish oil and probiotic
Weeks 3-4: Eating slowly
Weeks 5-6: Stop eating at 80% full
Weeks 7-8: Lean protein with every meal
Weeks 9-10: 5 servings of vegetables a day
Weeks 11-12: Make smart carb choices
Weeks 13-14: Plan Meals
Weeks 15-16: Log all food
Weeks 17-18: Create a sleep ritual
Weeks 19-20: Drink only zero calorie beverages
Weeks 21-22: Use targeted recovery strategies
Weeks 23-24: Eat only whole foods
Week 25: No new habits (work on the previous ones)

Week 26:  A little more, a little better

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