(Photos are 11/16/09 182 lbs, 1/19/10 169 lbs, 3/8/10 159 lbs. Sorry my 5 yr old is my camera man!)
Its frustrating because my goal weight doesn't actually mean anything real. Its just some number I picked, 40 lbs less than I weighed before. But apparently my body is familiar with that number, and would rather stay where it is. Its fighting me! "No Amber, let's just stay here for a bit. This weight is fine..." Ummm, no.
I have decided two things after my weigh in: 1) I want 149 to be my new goal weigh 2) I want to wear a size 8. I have no idea if those two things are compatible, but it means 10 more pounds and one more size.
So I'm going to mix things up a bit. I think I need to confuse my body and make it forget this is Amber's (relatively) old and (moderately) overweight body. No, this is a body of a person who her respects herself and works hard. You're expecting that oatmeal in the morning, aren't you? Tough. How about a little late after noon dark chocolate? Nope. Craving a few too many slices of that great Costco cheese that could just go on being sliced forever? Forget about it.
I'm going to have Mini Shredded Wheat or Uncle Sams for breakfast with my Coffee and Benefiber. I have my cereal dry, nothing added. For lunch, I am loving these Scandinavian Crispbreads that are super high in fiber (I got them from CarbSmart) loaded up with protein. For dinner, Ill have green veggies like spinach, zucchini and asparagus with a lean protein. Snack will be Amazing Grass, Jay Robb shakes or Bug Juice. I'm going back to the basics and I'm all about the fiber. Meal skipping is not allowed. If I really feel like a want to skip I'll make Bug Juice instead (that'll teach me).
I'd like to up my exercise, but honestly I don't have time for that. For the last two weeks I have power walked/jogged 18 miles each week. That pretty much takes all the time I have while my little one is in Kindergarten. And seriously, if that isn't melting off the pounds, I don't know what will! When my Husband finally returns from his endless business trip (I really do have a Husband... somewhere) I will add in an early evening run once a week to all this. Where I just run, no walking when it gets hard. (My Husband is going to owe me loads of "me time" when he gets back!) But apparently this isn't helping me lose weight and I am sure it is converting some of my fat to muscle, which weighs more than fat. But I'm at the stage where I enjoy the exercise now, and it has taken since August to feel that. Sometimes when I'm running in the hills I start laughing to myself... yes, its me... running, and loving it! THAT folks, is funny!
So here is to next week! I hope you all did great this week. Hearing about all your wonderful losses keeps me motivated and positive on the BFC! I'd love to hear how you all pick your goal weight, I've had a lot of trouble with this part of dieting!