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This week was a hard week! Well, not all of it, but sitting beside a Bruster’s Ice Cream/Hot Dog vendor all day Saturday, a birthday dinner for my son Saturday and his party on Sunday (with my sister’s delicious cake) certainly made for a few very tough days.
I love food. No joke. The way it tastes, the way it smells, textures, flavor combinations… We all have our favorites, but I would venture to say that I have more favorites than most. Hot dogs are a vice. Why, I have no idea. Yes, I know they are a nasty combination of various animals parts mushed together and smashed into shape, but I love them. Sit me beside a truck serving ice cream and hot dogs all day – torture. That’s exactly what Saturday was. I worked a vendor booth with a friend of mine at a Family Carnival Saturday and we were stations right beside the food. Oy. I caught myself starring at the line of people getting their food more than once.
Saturday evening, we let the boy choose what he wanted for his birthday dinner. His selection? The fish place in town. *sigh* So, I sat and ate boiled shrimp and a salad (which was good, just not what I wanted) while everyone else (including my 150 lb, can eat anything he wants and barely gains a pound, husband) ate hush puppies, tartar sauce, baked potatoes and fried fish and shrimp.
Sunday was more of the same. The birthday party. Cake. Delicious cream cheese pound cake… that is so very much not on plan. *whimper* I had my cinnamon pretzels, hoping that the sweetness would help me get past the cake. It didn’t. While I didn’t eat any of it, I am still thinking about it.
This coming Saturday will be more of the same, another birthday party with hotdogs AND cake. Stab me in the eye. I would avoid it all together, but it’s my only niece, so I can’t do that. I may roll in with my own grilled chicken salad.
Despite a weekend full of temptation, I stayed on plan. I went a bit over my normal 3 hour between meals time frame on Sunday, but got it back on track. I’m hunkered down for another week, hopefully an easier one. I know avoiding temptations would be optimal, but it’s also not realistic, and for now I’ve got to work on making new habits so that the old, unhealthy ones aren’t so darn tempting.
So, what were my results this week? I’m down another 2.2 lbs! I had hoped for more, but in reality 2.2 lbs is great! Do you know what 1 lb of fat looks like?
I lost two of those somewhere, even if it’s not showing in the measurements this week., and I’m ok with that. Those 2.2 lbs put me at a total of 9.6 lbs over the last two weeks and I can already fit into pants that I haven’t worn in a while. I’ve got my eye on another pair that have eluded me since last summer. I’m hoping to see those by the end of May.
May 22nd, 2013 Stats: weight – 178.4, waist – 37 inches, hips 44 inches, right thigh – 28 inches, right bicep – 12 inches
May 15th, 2013 Stats: weight – 180.6 lbs, waist – 37 inches, hips – 44 inches, right thigh – 28 inches, right bicep – 12 inches
May 8th, 2013 Stats : weight – 188 lbs, waist – 39 inches, hips – 46 inches, right thigh – 28 1/2 inches, right bicep – 12 inches
Onward and downward in week 3…