Tuesday - Week One in Review

Time for Healthy You Challenge 2008 Check in. First of all, the best part of this whole week has been meeting so many other kind, smart and powerful women! Having a circle of support, with a collective goal to improve their health, is so amazing. I'm so lucky!

Looking back on my 2008 goals, I see that I didn't do anything crazy, like resolve to not ever eat half and half again, so that feels good . One of my bigger goals, to log everything I eat into FitDay has been going well. It is so tedious, but I literally think - "how many calories do I have left?" before I am eating something. Sometimes it is too late, and I say "Oops" and move on, vowing to improve on the next day.

My other goal was to lower my caloric intake to 1600 per day. This has not been very successful. I'm not going overboard, but I do feel as though when I'm supposed to transition to 1500 calories in April, it will be very difficult. A huge non-scale victory (NSV) for me this week has been not beating myself up about going over in calories. Usually there is much flogging with a wet noodle and gnashing of teeth over having failed. This time, I am thinking of it as an experiment, to see if it will help me lose and if I can actually do it. Secretly I was hoping to be feeling faint, walking around weak with hunger, so I could rocket back up to 1900 calories a day, but no, I am hungry, but nothing that isn't manageable. Durn!

Also, I wanted to streak with Mel, an exercise streak that is, and exercise every day. This died yesterday when I emerged from the dentist chair and felt as though I had loaned my jaw as a punching bag. But again, beating myself up isn't going to make it easier. So I'm moving on.

My official weigh-in day is Thursday with Mel again, so I'll report what the scale saw. Keep on keeping on, everyone!


curvyjones said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving some words of encouragement! Meant a lot to see that! Much success to you on the challenge.

CindyPTN said...

I love the way you say "What the Scale sees" on the sidebar. Dentist? Exercise? That's painful just thinking about. Good for you to go home and get rest. The exercise will come.

Hanlie said...

Look, there are obvious exceptions to exercising everyday. Going to the dentist is one of them! Presumably your mouth hurt enough to not be able to eat too much either!

I really like your picture... You look like such a happy person!

Chubby Chick said...

Sounds like you've had a good first week! Keep up the good work! :)

Teale said...

Exercising every day would be totally unrealistic for me. I'd get so burnt out & just stop all together! My goal is 3 times a week... once I get up to that, maybe I'll increase it... but getting there will be quite the accomplishment! lol

Congrats on a good week!

Scale Junkie said...

WOW what a great week. It sounds like you are learning to adapt to your calorie level. I know that when I'm feeling hungry I make the most of every calorie and load up on veggies, you get so many for so few calories. Soup is another filling food that helps stretch your calories. I'm actually posting a healthy soup on the challenge board on Thursday. I'm back to logging into fitday daily, its painful at first isn't it? But it really helps keep my reality in check.

Don't beat yourself up for not working out after the dentist...OUCH, today is a new day!

Lidian said...

Sara you are doing SO well! It is quite an effort logging in everything that one ets but it sure makes a difference for me - seeing how many cals I have left helps me to make better choices, no question!

Heather said...

glad you could look back and be happy with most of your choices, that is a great accomplishment in itself. beating myself up about mistakes was always one of my biggest issues, but Im working on it. I know you can do it too! you still have so mcuh time to work towards the things you want. change starts small! and hey, I wanted to work out too this week but my cold got in the way so Im there with you.

Sybil said...

I track with fitday also and, after about 6 months, it's really become 2nd nature. Hard to believe that for years I have fought (I mean REALLY fought) the idea of journaling my food. I guess I just needed to be ready or something.

I recently dropped my calories to 1600 also. The first week was difficult. I try to jump around a bit with mine through out the week and average 1600 overall. It gives me a bit more freedom.

Krissie said...

Don't beat yourself up for having a day off. I love how good I feel at the gym after taking a day off. I feel so strong!

I used to be horrible at beating myself up for bad choices. But that only makes things worse. As long as I try, and understand that I'll sometimes make mistakes, i'll still be on the right path.

Hang in there!