I say that because this is the 3rd time I'm writing this week's post. Not because of some internet mistake, but because I just can't seem to say what I want to say. So, I'll try it one more time!
I had a little pity party this weekend and nearly fell off the wagon. No, actually... I nearly leapt from the wagon, screaming for chocolate and Doritos. Long story short, I thought I would've lost more weight by now. I'm down 7 pounds over the last 6 weeks, which I find frustrating. I thought I'd be swimming in a pair of size 10 jeans by now! Why is that? Where did I get that idea? My 1/2 pound loss for last week left me confused and frustrated. But, why? It's still a loss, right? Where did I get the impression that I would drop so much more?
-The Biggest Loser, where contestants drop double digits each week consistently.
-Valerie Bertonelli and Marie Osmond, who seem to get skinny overnight "eating delicious food".
-All those diet pill ads in magazines, showing a pudgy "before" and slender "after".
That's when it dawned on me...
The fine print that appears in every single diet pill/diet food/exercise program advertisement.
*Results not typical.
DH and I need to erase those atypical results from our brains. We are doing the right things: Drinking water, counting calories, and exercising (almost) daily. We are experiencing other small victories that we should be celebrating!
-He's lost 15 pound in the last 4 weeks.
-His resting heart-rate and blood pressure have both dropped significantly.
-I have dropped 3 inches in my hips and 3 inches in my waist.
-I can wear clothes I haven't touched in years again.
-We are both running, something he hasn't done in 15 years and I've never done my entire life.
-Working on this together has given us a shared "hobby", and encouraging each other through this has added a layer of commaraderie and togetherness to our marraige.
-We're learning to cook (and try) new foods and sharing more meals at home. Possible saving money by eating out less often, and definitely getting creative when ordering a pizza! (Did you know that Domino's has a calorie counter as you build your pizza online? So helpful! And grilled chicken on a pizza is really, really good!)
Which leads me to the other reason why I wanted to edit this post. I want to share some of our favorite "pleasant surprises" from our new diet. If you're playing along, maybe one of these will work for you, or maybe you have a fave that you'd like to share in the comments?
- Quaker Oats Weight Control Oatmeal. There is added protein (7g) and fiber (6g) to help make you feel fuller for longer, and you just can't beat a hot breakfast!
- Speaking of a hot breakfast, DH has a new love: turkey bacon! Even the Little Man likes it! Along with a couple of eggs (only 80 cal. each), you'll feel full 'til lunch!
- Fresh fruit. We are burning through a big bunch of bananas every couple days. Along with apples and seedless oranges and bags of salad mixes... We sneak these in as snacks between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it helps keep hunger at bay to eat small meals more often.
- Uncle Ben's Brown Rice bags. They heat up in 90 seconds, and while the package says 2 servings, we can usually get 3 out of it. Good variety of flavors and grains, and not too bad on sodium.
- Yogurt and Granola = Nighttime Snack! We've taken a liking to the Bear Naked Chocolate flavor (gotta have a little chocolate everyday, ya know?) and the Dannon Light n' Fit (80 cal.). The granola is a little high in calories, but mixing it with the yogurt helps make you feel like you had a really great snack without cheating. DH loves the 100 cal snack cupcakes, too, for when you just need a twinkie fix!
Oh, and here's my "Fun Find" of the week: Crock Pot Recipes for Dieting! Easy and Good for You!!!