Fluorescent-green numbers (6:15 am, thank you very much) glowing from the face of my alarm clock. Me, gracefully dressed in the ol’ flannel “Mom-Jammies” … curls a hot mess thanks to a night of sleeping with multiple children … doing the Dance of Joy all by myself.
(quietly, of course, so as to not wake up aforementioned Kidlets)
Oh, yes, I did the Dance of Joy, in the wee hours of the morn, because THIS Mama had a good scale day at the end of a long, good week.
Remember last Sunday, when I whined and cried about gaining three pounds during my first week of the Omron/Mamavation challenge? Yeah, I know — I was crazy annoying, right?
Well, this week I’m singing a different tune — a much different tune. Ready for the numbers?
Application weight: 210
January 13: 203.8
January 20: 206.4
January 27: 202.8
Total weight lost for challenge: -7.2 lbs
January 13th Waist: 36 inches
January 27th Waist: 34.25 inches
January 13th Hips: 48.5 inches
January 27th Hips: 47.5 inches
Total Body Inches Lost: -2.75
After a loss of 3.6 pounds this week, I’m happy but I’m ecstatic knowing I’m losing inches … and it isn’t just the knowledge that my body is really melting away, but with the proof that the changes I made this week are working.
What did I do to drop weight and inches?
- Wore my Omron Pedometer every. single. day. My daily goal is 10,000 steps, or roughly 5 miles. In my daily routine, it’s honestly hard for me to get those steps in naturally. So, through out the day (usually during Baby Barney’s naps), I hop on my treadmill, turn on a show via Netflix, and walk. At a speed of 4.0 mph, I average about 121 steps a minute (another tidbit of info my pedometer tracks for me).
By dinner-time, I’m usually close to 8,000 “steps”, so one more treadmill session before bed gets me to 10,000. And, then, I sleep. Hard.
Exercise and activity wears this girl out!
- I changed how and when I eat certain foods. After some reading of various articles and talking with friends, I decided to stop eating whole grains, fruit, and added sugars past 4pm. That’s right — my evening meals became very different. No bread, no rice, no pasta … no apples, no blueberries, no pineapple … no chocolate, no desserts, NO CHOCOLATE.
Instead, whole grains and fruit exclusively come during breakfast and lunch — the parts of the day when my body can utilize those carbs and calories more effectively thanks to activity. At dinner, I focus on appropriate portions sizes of protein but load up on dark greens, asparagus, brussels spouts and roasted sweet potatoes (the only “potato” I allow myself (at night) since they are so full of fiber, antioxidants, beta-carotene . . . and they regulate blood-sugar).
Honestly, this dietary change was my BIGGEST alteration to my fitness plan this week … and I think it is what is really responsible for weight and inches falling away. More proof that it worked? One night, I cheated and had pizza. Not only was I bloated the rest of the night, but the next day I stepped on the scale just to see what happened from eating carbs at night. My weight was more than it had been the previous morning.
Now, I realize our weight can greatly fluctuate at any given time and any given day, but this week, during my 4 pm experiment, I monitored my weight daily and only saw an increase the morning after NOT sticking to my protein/vegetable dinners. Otherwise, each morning, I saw my weight whittling away.
Where Do I Go From Here?
- I hope to continue seeing the numbers drop and I’m hoping my cravings (yes, still get sugar and bread cravings) will go away as I work on REALLY eliminating the last of the refined/processed items in my home.
- I will continue with my 4pm Diet and will continue drinking lots of water…. fyi, I recently purchased an infusion water pitcher and I LOVE it. I’ve tried a variety of fruit/vegetable/herb combos and have realized I’m a simple girl…. I love water with lime. It is soooo good, especially when I’m hot and sweaty on the treadmill. I stop at ten minute intervals for water breaks and take in about 30 ounces each time I’m on that machine.
- And, of course, I’m going to continue meeting (and hopefully exceeding) my 10,000 steps goal AND I’m going to continue the strength training/fat burning plan I’ve been given through Mamavation. I’ll share it next week for those who are interested!
- P.S. I have a “Healthy Living” Pinterest board where I pin healthy living articles, recipes, work-outs, and more if you want to follow along for ideas. We can all be a little healthier, right?
Now — what have you done for your health this week?
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This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.