“Be kind to yourself, be patient, you will find your answers. Love who you are right now—even if right now isn’t a place you want to be—you will always be you—start to appreciate yourself! You will feel so much better! And do not compare yourself to others. You are on your own special road. Be well my fellow travelers and know your path is a good one.” -LINDA SILVA PALLESCHI-
Remember this POST from 7 weeks ago? This is what has happened in seven weeks by doing just a few things differently. I have not had a soda in 52 days, this is a big deal! I have taken to drinking lots and lots of water and this week 8 we are up to 64 ounces a day but honestly, I was downing this amount of water from the start of the challenge. I LOVE water. That’s the easy part. Stopped eating after 9 p.m. which is very easy. I ate mostly foods off the positive food list provided and it wasn’t very hard. I did still eat dark chocolate here or there but it has to be at least 70%. No joke I ate one row of chocolate nearly every night after dinner. I had to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day and exercise for 30 minutes a day and on my good days, really great days I got in my full 10,000 steps which was probably like 80% of the challenge. What I really loved about this challenge was also the spiritual aspect. I prayed, read my Bible and journaled during these 8 weeks (technically just past 7 weeks so far) We would also get a bonus challenge each week. This week for instance we need to floss our teeth each night, rest before bed by turning off the t.v. and just sitting in peace of listening to music and lastly this week we need to leave a gift at someones door step. I feel better, I think I look a little better. I have not changed in leaps and bounds but at a nice slow pace. Below are my new stats and before and after pix. I’m proud of myself. Yes, I wanted to lose more like 15 pounds during these 8 weeks but I’m very happy to be headed down. It feels so much easier these days to order water to drink when we go out rather than soda, it saves money too. Oh and for the record I still enjoy a glass of wine every so often. We get 2 free negatives a week. We have a neutral food list, a negative food list and a positive food list.
|August 23, 2014||October 14, 2014|
|Total lost in pounds -7 total lost in inches -10|
The weird part is, I lost all these inches half way through the challenge and not much after the halfway point, but I did shed more weight after the half way mark, averaging about 1 pound per week. In fact and I can’t really count it but three days ago the scale read 169 but each day after it has stayed at a solid 170 but that just means the 160’s are close and no it’s not about a number but I still want the spare tire to be GONE. I can feel it flap when I walk. It sure would be nice not to feel that when I exercise. So my goal is to lose the spare tire. Which has not happened yet so I continue.
I can see a difference but to be honest the pants do not feel much different, then again the before picture I had been wearing them a good long while, the after they are straight out of the dryer which are always more snug until I wear them a few days. Yes I wear them more than a few times before the next wash.