Weight Loss Journey Day 7

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Balsamic chicken over rice from Life Force‘s Meal plan recipes. Yum!

Tried the Balsamic Chicken from Life Force’s meal guide. It was SO good. Keeping the angel hair pasta portions small doesn’t rack up many calories. But this recipe also works with brown rice. I’ll serve it both ways . . .

Glad to be done with the cleanse. It doesn’t smell or taste bad. It’s just drinking green gunk at the end of my eating day . . . and there was that whole bloating, cramping, crying thing. lol

Yesterday was my birthday, but we didn’t do anything special, so it wasn’t hard to think about food. I’ll worry about that later this week when we go out with my neighbor for my annual birthday dinner.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for a week now! At first it was overwhelming to think about what was going in my mouth. I wrote everything in a journal. I drove Jerry crazy asking, “how many ounces in this portion?” But once I got into the routine of paying attention, it wasn’t so hard.

Oh, and I’ve discovered My Fitness Pal. I put it on my phone. It makes it so much easier to track calories! It separates out nutrition, stores daily data, and even gives me daily and weekly averages. I love that it has a search engine connected to the tracking device, so I can just Google foods to learn how many calories they have, and it will put it directly into my log. AND if the food came packaged, I can just hover over the UPC code, click, and I have all the nutrition and calorie information imputed immediately!

Now that I’m more comfortable thinking about what to eat and how much (not that I’m done learning, but I no longer burst into tears at the thought), I want to get serious about walking most every day. There are many exercises I can’t do yet as I heal from the whiplash and other issues related to the accident. But I can walk. I walk slowly. I breathe hard even at that, especially up the hill by our house. I am so out of shape. But if I don’t what I can’t, if I don’t push so hard I feel unsuccessful or hate the experience, I can do this.

Real Time Update:

This post was originally written October 30th. Since then I find it much easier to eat responsibly. I still use the My Fitness Pal App and love it! I also have gone from walking short distances slowly to walking at least 3 miles most days–AND running part of the distance. As I started to become more active and continued to heal from my car accidents, I did the stretches given to me by my physical therapist, Ann. I’m much better now and have added in a few tummy exercises, like crunches 3-4 times a week.

How About You?

If you’re new to the journey, what are you struggling with today? What is your success? If you’ve been at it awhile, what helps you succeed?

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4 thoughts on “Weight Loss Journey Day 7

  1. mariekeates January 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply

    I feel for you with the whiplash. I had it after a car accident in October 2011 and it really set back my weight loss journey. Blogging got me back on track though and walking is my main form of exercise. Just signed up for two marathon walks this year so training like mad and blogging on my main blog http://www.fatgirlslimblog.co.uk. Today I’m struggling with the post Christmas chocolate cravings.

  2. Paula Moldenhauer January 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Good for you, Marie! It does help to blog and become more accountable that way! Super sorry to hear about your car accident. I had two this year, and they really set me back, especially the second one.

  3. booksbyjanice January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm Reply

    I love myfitnesspal!

    Janice Hanna Thompson “Love, Laughter and Happily Ever Afters!” My website: http://www.janicehannathompson.com My courses: http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com My latest book: The Director’s Cut

  4. Paula Moldenhauer January 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Another fan, huh Janice? I think it was our mutual friend, Heather, who suggested it. I love it!

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