Spring has (almost) sprung! Which means that the weather is turning warmer, the days are getting longer, and fitting in outdoor activities is a whole lot easier. Spring is a time of renewal, and in the spring of 2014 I’m living my life in full bloom! Now that I’m in the home stretch of my weight loss journey, all the pounds I lose this spring are just like extra petals on a flower, making my life just a bit more beautiful. I want to enjoy each day of this season, soaking in the sunshine, blue skies, and happiness. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. My Sunday progress updates will be called Super Spring Weigh-Ins.
Week 46 was amazing – I was in Hawaii enjoying the sun, sand, and sights. I’ve been writing separate posts about all of my adventures, from snorkeling in Hanauama Bay , hiking the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail , and hiking Diamond Head. The house in Kaneohe had gorgeous views, and I loved watching the sunrise every morning. I have a few more blog posts to write about my trip, which I plan on doing today. The trip was everything I’d hoped it would be, and was definitely a reward for all my hard work this past year with my weight loss. I loved my time in Hawaii, and the only thing I’d change next time would be having more people to hang out with…maybe even a romantic travel partner.
So, what did the scale show?!
When I weighed in this morning, I was 185.0, which is a gain of 2 pounds this week, but a loss of 92 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 130 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 35 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. (So much for thinking I’d lost 3 pounds when I weighed myself on the scale in Hawaii the other day. It just goes to show how varied scales can be). While I never like seeing a gain, I’m not upset by this one. Not only did I get my period this week, but I was traveling, and the plane ride alone is enough to add some water weight gain. I know these pounds will drop off quickly this week once I settle back into my normal routines.
So, my plan for the week is to do just that, get back to what I’ve been doing because it works. A huge part of feeling on track for me is being organized, so I spent the day yesterday unpacking, grocery shopping, and sprucing up the house.
Part of the groceries I bought yesterday were the makings for green smoothies. I haven’t had a green smoothie since my surgery. At first the greens would have been too harsh for my newly-sleeved stomach. Then I just got into the routine of having my protein shake in the morning, and you know how it goes when you get into a routine. But after seeing Bobbi ‘s food diaries on MFP, I remembered how much I love green smoothies. I added 1 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1 1/2 scoops of Isopure zero carb vanilla protein powder, about 2 cups of this great organic baby kale & chou frise mix I got on sale at Safeway, and 1/2 a cup of mango chunks, along with a packet of Truvia. The result? An amazing green smoothie, the color of which just reminds me of spring. It was fresh, delicious, and really filling. Plus, I love that I can get an additional serving or two of greens at the beginning of my day. Because I have to pull out the blender and making the green smoothie involves a bit more time, I don’t think I’ll make a green smoothie every day this week, but I do plan to have them at least a few times, and I think it’s going to be a regular weekend selection.
In terms of my workouts, the plan for this week is to make sure I fit in 5 Tone It Up workouts, along with cardio
Sunday: long walk with Sofi at the LG Creek Trail Monday: Lateral X elliptical + walk with Sofi / TIU: Santorini Bikini Tuesday: flow yoga + walk with Sofi / TIU: Sunkissed Abs Wednesday: early morning (4:45am!) hybrid elliptical / TIU: Bikini Booty Workout Thursday: run/walk intervals + walk with Sofi / TIU: Set the Bar Routine ( Beach Babe 2 DVD ) Friday: bike ride + walk with Sofi / TIU: Pura Vida Arms Saturday: spinning + walk with Sofi
I have great meals planned this week, too:
breakfasts:protein shakes or green smoothies
lunches: salads w/ rotisserie chicken and veggies
snacks: Greek yogurt, Boom Chicka Pop, hard boiled eggs, mini brie and rosemary raisin crackers, cashew/almond/mango trail mix
dinners: sauteed spinach/kale mix with protein – mahi mahi burgers, ginger-marinated cod, chicken marinated with white wine & lemon
Plus, this week is going to be a fairly light one at work, which is nice after a week off.
I’m going to try to include more hobbies (besides working out and watching TV) into my weekly routine. This week, I want to:
read at least 30 minutes a day
blog at least three times
put together a photo book of my Hawwaii pictures on Shutterfly
I had an amazing time on my vacation, but I’m really glad to be back home with so much to look forward to in the week ahead. It’s going to be a great one!
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!