It’s been 4 weeks…

It’s been 4 weeks since I decided enough was enough.  I’m definitely feeling and now seeing the results.  Over all I just feel better.  I don’t feel blah or run down all the time.

This morning I had a total nonscale victory when I put my bra on.  Usually I use the next to last setting.  This morning I used the tightest setting on the strap.  On a whim, I decided to take my measurements this morning.  I lost 2.5″ in my chest alone.  I also measured my waist and hips.  And in all I’ve lost 5.25″ in 4 weeks.

The scale has been cooperating with me as well.  I lost 1.6lbs this past week for a total of 8.4lbs over all.  So far this is all just the result of being more mindful of what I’m eating.  I’m tracking my calories. I have stayed within my allowance every day.  I’m not snacking as much and eating bigger calorie meals. I’ve also gotten into a sort of routine where I don’t eat after 8:30/9.  It’s not really a rule.  If I’m awake and hungry, I’ll eat something.  My go to before bed snack lately has just been a fruit smoothie.  I’m actually not finding myself really hungry after dinner.  We also eat dinner a little earlier.  I used to save up calories for the end of the day.  I’m not getting into that habit this time around.  It seems to be working for me so far.

The one thing that makes me really happy is the kids are on board with eating better.  I’m not pushing “diet” but more we are eating better and being more mindful of our food choices.  My husband is also coming around more.  He’s starting to see results as well.  We sat down together and sketched out a flexible meal plan to help with cooking and even shopping.  It definitely is a lot easier when it is a family affair.

I’m still not really making an honest effort to exercise.  I’m just not as motivated to walk on the treadmill as I used to in the past.  This past week was TOM which brought with it 3 days of excruciating back pain and cramps so that didn’t help either.  That is my next phase and goal is to incorporate more exercise.