My Weight Loss Journey – Week 2

Day 6 – Saturday August 28 – Weight is 168.6 lbs

Weight is the same as yesterday which is good. At least I didn’t gain anything.

5,053 steps today on my walk. Came across a vegetable allotment across from the school, a little gazebo and a stream.

Changed up my smoothie this morning – spinach, almond milk, peaches, pineapple, oats – yum. The pineapple acts as a sweetener.

Green smoothie

By lunchtime I was starving. It’s been a habit of mine for decades that, when the weekend came around, my favourite thing to do was to watch a movie, and eat chips or popcorn, and ice cream. My body still wants to do that. It’s not a hunger thing, it’s a pleasure thing, and I had a hard time convincing my brain today that we’re not going to do that anymore. Several times, I almost went to the store to buy snacks.

To try to combat that, I added more protein to my lunch time salad. Chopped hardboiled egg, half an avocado and some feta cheese.

My brain still complained. I resisted by drinking more water. I also tried making zucchini chips since I had an abundance of them in my fridge.

I chopped up the zucchini

Tossed the rounds in a mixture of flour, paprika, garlic powder and a bit of salt

and baked them for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes

It was a lot of work for a handful of chips and, in the end, I didn’t like them! 😫

I consoled myself with yoghurt.

Finally 6:00 pm arrived and I could make my supper. Buuut, I had survived the afternoon with NO junk food. 😄

Day 7 – Sunday August 29 – Weight is – 170.2 (yikes)

Hmmm – 2 lbs gain. I’m hoping that it’s true that muscle is heavier than fat! 😆 Or it may have been the 2 glasses of white wine I had last night.😉 I’m going with the first one. 😏

Having said that, day 4 of my 30-day Yoga Challenge went MUCH easier today. I managed to hold the downward dog position AND the plank without feeling like my arms and legs were going to collapse, and no shaky limbs either! It felt sooo good to concentrate on the lovely feeling of my back muscles from my neck to my shoulders down, stretching. Almost like a good massage. I actually enjoyed it this time.

It occurred to me that, since I’ve started exercising, I might need more protein and carbs to help fuel my body, and that’s probably why I was so hungry yesterday afternoon. So I’ve decided to switch my lunch-time salad to some kind of protein sandwich. Skinny Taste has a delicious, light version of a turkey club and also a Low-Yolk Egg Salad, both on whole wheat bread. These two sandwiches will be my lunches for next week and, hopefully, they’ll help curb the afternoon munchies!

For breakfast today, I had scrambled egg on a whole wheat bun with 2 slices of turkey bacon. For lunch, a Low-Yolk Egg Salad sandwich on whole wheat bread, and for supper I sliced cooked Italian sausage into a frozen vegetable/fibre mix and added a cup of orzo rice, all the while sipping on my evening glass of wine.  🍷 I had a yogurt for a snack. And NO afternoon cravings! Yay!

Day 8 – Monday August 30 – Weight is 171.4 – Hmmm

Well, I KNOW that all the food I’ve had this week, combined with the exercise, has definitely not contributed to a 2 lb weight gain, so I did a bit of research and learned this (taken from this website):

“When we start an exercise program, your body naturally goes through several changes in the first couple months. A new exercise regimen puts stress on your muscle fibers. This causes small micro tears, also known as micro trauma, and some inflammation. Those two conditions in your muscle fibers are the reason you may gain some weight.

Your body responds to the micro tears and inflammation in two ways that cause temporary water weight gain.

The first is a healing response.

“That stress and micro-tearing damage to the muscle fibers induces water retention in the body,” Dr. Calabrese explains. “There may be a small amount of inflammation around the micro tear, and your body retains fluid there to try to heal it.” These are short lived changes in the muscle.

Increase muscle fuel also adds a little weight. The way your body provides energy to the muscles also can add weight at first.

Glycogen or sugar that your muscle cells convert to glucose is the energy source for your muscles. When you exercise regularly, your body stores more glycogen to fuel that exercise.

Stored in water, glycogen has to bind with water as part of the process to fuel the muscle. That water adds a small amount of weight, too.

“As your muscles become more accustomed to the exercise and more efficient, however, they begin to need less glycogen to maintain the same level of energy output,” Dr.  Calabrese says. “Thus, your water retention becomes less, so your weight will start to go down.”

You will start to lose that initial water weight gain (of roughly one to three pounds) a few weeks or a month after starting an exercise program, he says.”

Well, I can live with that! 😃 We should think of it more in terms of FAT loss as opposed to weight loss.

Managed 3,802 steps on my walk today. I felt like I could have walked more, so I’ll do that on Wednesday.

Found this lovely breakfast recipe on Skinny Taste today, so I made that. It kept me full until lunch time.

Lunch was 1/2 a banana and a turkey club sandwich, and for supper I had leftover last night’s sausage stir fry thingy.

Day 9 – Tuesday, August 31 – Weight is 171.4

I was asked to look after my grandson today, so I left the house early to pick him up and then we went grocery shopping. You can see this week’s meal plan here. Because of this, I didn’t weigh myself today and no yoga either. 😟 But we took a walk to the park and back, and then to the village to get lunch – pizza. All in all, I did 4,894 steps which wasn’t bad considering. At the end of the day I was too tired to cook, so I bought 2 pieces of cooked chicken from the grocery store and added a salad and a few baguette slices.

Very proud of myself for only buying one ice cream!

Day 10 – Wednesday, September 1 – Weight is 171.4

Yay! No weight gain. Back at yoga again this morning. Day 5 of my 30-day Challenge. It gets easier every day. I had one and a half bananas for breakfast and that, surprisingly, kept me full until lunch. A turkey club sandwich for lunch. I was delighted to find that I didn’t have the need for a snack between lunch and supper.

For supper, I had Pasta Pesto, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken with beans and Spinach. This was a one-dish meal from Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals cookbook and was absolutely delicious. I also sneaked in a vodka while I was cooking. 😉.

After supper, I had a yoghurt and that satisfied me for the rest of the evening!

Day 11 – Thursday, September 2nd – Weight is – 171.4

Cold raining this morning, so I did 20 minutes of dance inside instead.

Feeling pretty energetic today.

Back to my usual smoothie for breakfast

Blueberry spinach smoothie

a Low-Yolk Egg Salad sandwich for lunch, and leftover Pasta Pesto, Garlic & Rosemary Chicken for supper followed by a yogurt. And a vodka.

Day 12 – Friday, September 3 – Weight is 171.4

Day 6 of Adrien’s 30-Day Yoga Challenge. Today was abs and I managed to do all of them!! With relative ease! Feeling REALLY happy about that. AND I’ve lost 1/2 an inch on my hips and waist. 😄

A smoothie again for breakfast, a turkey club for lunch, and Mexican Tomato Soup from supper. Very yummy.

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