Happy New Year! 🙂 It feels like a GREAT time to make a fresh start, doesn’t it?!
I’m kicking off a Low Carb Challenge soon, probably Monday, so make sure you’re signed up to get the details!
WHY do I do this?!
This health & weight loss journey has been a hard one for me. I often feel like I’m eating alone (er, most of the time I am!), or doing this alone. Some days I hate being in the spotlight and just want to crawl under the covers with a quart of ice cream, lol. Sometimes I do. Ugh. 😛
Changing your life – it’s hard stuff. I’m just glad it’s been more “3 steps forward, 1 step back” than the other way around. I also constantly remind myself that YOU are HERE, even when you’re quiet, even when I FEEL alone. As an emotional eater, feelings are a monster that have to be dealt with.
I’m so glad I have you to share this journey with…
I was discussing this with a close friend earlier this week. I was feeling stressed, eating healthy but forcing it – and totally consumed with the desire to binge. She asked me if working so hard at his blog (and the challenge, group, Instagram, etc) was making it worse on me. My response was, “No, I doubt I could stay on track like I do without them. It’s what holds me accountable, and motivates me to be an inspiration – instead of a failure.” (I love you. Thank you for that!)
I did really well through the month of December, outside of my one “night off” and a few little bites here and there. I’m proud of myself for powering through last month like I did. December can be a tough one! As the year came to an end, and my scales stubbornly refused to move for four straight days, I found myself nosediving toward an all-out binge. I refused. It’s not rational. I mean, a binge WOULD make the scales move – just in the wrong direction. 😛 lol…
I knew what I needed – a REASON. A strong incentive. And so I booked a trip to Vegas for next week. I’ll be around industry peers, Vegas is a great opportunity to wear some of my new dresses & outfits, and I want to look GREAT. It’s a good opportunity to shoot some new photos to show you how well I’ve done too. 🙂 Bingo: motivation to hold steady and stay strong!
My scales finally moved today, by the way. I was starting to think they were BOTH broken. lol. Down another pound! That felt good…
2016 Health Goals
I am getting close to my goal weight. I’ve mentioned several times before how I tend to self-sabotage when I get super close. One of my primary goals is to overcome that this year. Which means dealing with the mental / emotional side of eating, food and weight loss. We’ll talk more about that in a future post. It’s a BIG topic, and through our discussions around the web I know it’s something A LOT of people struggle with.
My BIG goal for the year is to get in amazing shape.
I don’t just want to be “skinny” – in fact I prefer to be more of a “healthy” size at my age (42). I want to be LEAN, healthy and STRONG. That is my main goal for 2016, so it’s time to get serious about exercise.
I would love to hear YOUR health goals for 2016! 🙂
Thursday’s NYE Low Carb Food Journal
Keeping on with my daily low carb food diaries, here is what I ate yesterday – which was Thursday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve)…
Breakfast: “Low Carb Cereal”
My usual low carb breakfast cereal is all “real food” but intead of pecans yesterday, I chopped up an Atkins Peanut Butter Granola Bar – and also added 1/4 cup of pecans too. You can see in my MyFitnessPal food diary below that it came out to 10 net carbs, but it was delicious. 🙂
Lunch: Baked Chicken Thighs
I baked a pan of Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs and ate two of those for lunch. I had a pack of four fryer thighs, so I still have two leftover to enjoy for dinner tonight. 🙂
Dinner: Pizza Toppings! 🙂
As the day wore on, and I was fighting the urge to binge, I decided on an old favorite comfort food: PIZZA. I ordered a medium Pepperoni Lovers thin crust pizza from Pizza Hut, and requested “no sauce” – because it makes it easier to peel the cheese & pepperoni off. 🙂 YUM!
^ You need to trust yourself NOT to eat the crust if you decide to do this, especially in a weak / comfort food / craving / binge kinda moment. lol.
I was satisfied with the greasy, salty pizza toppings. Mission accomplished!
Here’s my MyFitnessPal Net Carb Food Diary:
I would love to hear your 2016 health & weight loss goals, what you’re struggling with right now, etc. Like I said, I love having you to work alongside. It’s so much better than trying to go it alone. Thank you for always being here… and Happy New Year! 🙂
Here’s to an amazing 2016 – together. *cheers*
p.s. I’m kicking off a new Low Carb Challenge soon, probably on Monday, so make sure you’re signed up so you’ll get the details!