W8LossChick sent me an email tonight, and in it she suggested that I write down my accomplishments for this past week. Yes, it has been one full week of clean eating. No caffeine, no sugar, no processed food. Just good, wholesome food, eaten in small meals and snacks every three hours. And lots of water!
Week One Accomplishments:
1. I kicked the soda habit. I NEVER thought I could give up sodas. Not once in my life have I ever went 7 whole days without a soda. I've cut down to 1 per day, but never just quit drinking them. Even when I was pregnant and all the books said I should. I needed that caffeine, but now I have proven that I can live without it.
2. I did not eat candy/unrefined carbs. This is another biggie. First of all, it's the week after Easter. Honestly, I have went out in the past in the days past Easter just so I could find good candy deals! Last year I hit pay dirt and found Cadbury eggs 4/$1 - I bought about 20 of them and binged for two days. I haven't had bread, or pastries, or donuts. Nothing. I am trying to get sugar out of my system, and right now, I feel in control.
3. I made it through the weekend. I proved that I could still go out with my friends and stay in control. I made it through my son's soccer game without my usual nachos and candy. I lazed around the house all day on Sunday and didn't snack all day. I knew I could do it with my weekday routine, but was so happy that I made it through the weekend with success!
4. I am learning something new every day. Not only am I living clean, but I am learning a lot, too. About how to keep and maintain healthful habits that will last me for a lifetime. I have learned a lot about my body, and how it processes and stores the food I eat. I have also learned a lot about supplements and how they can help me on this journey.
5. I am learning how to love me for me. This may be the hardest part. To love myself enough to know that I am worth the hard work it will take to lose weight and keep it off for good. In the past, I will quit just because I don't care enough about myself to want it. REALLY want it. I put everyone else's needs ahead of my own. I am still working on that part of me that don't like the reflection in the mirror. That person who is self-conscious and gets depressed because she has so far to go. I'm working on that each day.
6. I am journaling every single thing I eat. I am tracking religiously. Right now it's the calories, fat, fiber, and sugar. Today I went back and also calculated the WW points for everything last week - just to see how on/off track I am. It was good to be able to go back over the numbers AFTER the week had gone by. I had stuck to my plan each day last week, and wrote down the numbers, but had not totaled anything. Today I was able to see a range of statistics that will be able to use in the future. I will not "officially" weight again until one month goes by on plan, then each month afterward. My journal will help me keep track with what is working, and what is not.
That's all I can think of for now. My goal for next week is to KEEP GOING! STAY ON TRACK! STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR AND CAFFEINE! I can't let myself slip for even a moment!
Tomorrow is WW meeting, and I'm interested to see what the scale says. I know I have definitely lost something - I can already tell in my clothes. I actually put my "goal" pants on this weekend (a pair of white linen capris that I bought two years ago and have never worn). The tag says size 24, but they run very small. Two weeks ago I couldn't get them over my stomach, but this weekend I could pull them up and button them. Yes, they are SKIN TIGHT, but that was progress! My birthday is in 6 weeks... it would be blissful to wear them on that day!