Last Week: 179.0
Challenge Start: 183.0
Last Week: 34.75
Challenge Start: 36.0
That I'm down .6 of a pound is again a miracle. And a testament that if you fight, fight, fight, even when the odds are against your body, you can make progress or not lose progress. I was aiming for MAINTAINING. Yep, just holding on was what I thought I could do...and this is greatly cheering to me.
Any cheer is welcome. The hypothyroid blues hit this week, as I mentioned in my midweek update. I slept 12 hours last night, which is better than 14. :) Had a family gathering yesterday, and just pooped out at 8pm. Normally, I have vim until 2 am, 3 am. So, clearly, I am still in they thyroid is crap forest, looking for bread crumbs back home to normal.
But, I was very careful, watched my intake. I have wanted comfort food. The effect on mood does that to me...I feel "off" so I want comfort. I decided to get a bag of oat bran and make oat bran cereal. For 200 calories, I feel like a kid again. The smell of cooking oats reminds me of mom, and the hot graininess makes me feel like I did when I was young, sick, and mom would bring me stuff that was hot and easy to swallow. I have had it with or without fruit, and it has hit the spot. Better than comforting with my old standbys: mac n cheese, lasagna, grilled cheese, pizza, burritos, fried anything, loaded baked potato soup....
So, fluids were fine on most days, not all.
Book: I changed book to one on willpower. I am finding it hard to fight my body's rebellion and it's making me WANT comfort foods. So, I needed a different tack, reading-wise. I bought two books on the science of willpower, cause I refuse to cave to the blues or anything. I'm in this for life. I want tools. I went to the experts. :) The one I began reading on my spiffy Kindle Fire is by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D and is titled The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It.
You can read an excerpt HERE.
Stress and other things affect willpower, as you may have noted. :-P
Willpower is a muscle. We gotta strengthen it like we do our quads, biceps, abs, etc. We have to work it daily. And when we don't, it weakens. So, a new challenge book for moi.
I didn't comment much this week, but I did exceed the minimum of 3x. I think I missed stuff on my buddy, but maybe not....as I haven't really been checking consistently. Apologies to my bud and fellow challengers, but I aim to improve. :) I've been remembering to add midweek reminders and linkies, so I'm on top of THAT. :D If your buddy looks like they forgot, please remind them. It doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes to update weight, waist, copy/past the quotes, and write a paragraph on how you're doing. Everyone has fifteen dang minutes! If I can drag myself out of lethargy to post an update, you can, too. So, get it done, people.
Summary: Doing better than I expected, though certainly not optimally. I'm pretty happy with myself for this week. I had to rely on these good habits I established not to turn into a total bedbound slug with a book and snacks. Thank God for new habits and having goals. It keeps you grounded. And thanks for the supportive comments. I thank you a lot. :D
Okay, on we go to another week of fighting the good fatfight. Let's do it!
And be well...