Intervention: Day #1

After all that rambling in my experimental smoothie post about how I'm trying to get back on track with weight loss and do better this month, my Friday weigh-in showed that I've gained a pound since last week. I'm up to 187 now.

*Weary sigh.*

I had a fantastic week, too. Really. I ate about two handfuls of cheese puffs one time, but that was really the only "bad" thing I consumed. And since I ran/walked three times, swam twice, did Aqua Zumba, and went to a one-hour yoga class, I really don't know how I gained a pound.

Although I keep a food journal, I'm thinking I must be eating more than I realize. I'm obviously not paying enough attention to it. So, today, a very daunting idea came to me...

This week, in addition to recording my intake and exercise in my journal, I will take pictures of these things and post on here for the world to see.

If I eat it, I gotta take a photo first. I really believe the annoyance of having to do that will inspire me to eat less! Plus, I'll know that somebody out there might be reading this, and you won't be too impressed if I post a picture of a large pizza, cheesy bread, and a Dr. Pepper. You will unintentionally keep me accountable.

I know the picspam or whatever will be annoying to follow, but I'm only going to try this for a week. Seven days. From Monday, June 24, to my weigh-in on Monday morning, the first day of July. That day marks the halfway point of 2013, so I really want to lose as much as I can by then.

So:

Day #1: Monday, June 24, 2013

8:00 AM - Breakfast


A packet of plain, unsweetened instant oatmeal with 4 sliced strawberries. 2 cups of water.

9:30 AM - Run



I went to my favorite local park and jogged/ran/shuffled for 15 minutes. Then I walked with short bursts of running for 30 minutes. 45 minutes of cardio total. Guzzled 2 more cups of water.

11:40 AM - Lunch



Salad: 1 hard-boiled egg, tomato, onion, spinach, 1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese, lemon juice, spritz of olive oil, dash of black pepper. Carrot sticks with 1 tbsp Sabra Basil Pesto hummus. Half of one navel orange (...because this really inspiring, fit lady I talked to at the gym insists one piece of fruit is actually 2 servings. Pssh. We'll see.) 2 cups of water.

2:30 PM - Snack



1 cup plain, unsweetened green tea. 1 serving Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax bars.

5:20 PM - Dinner



(Had to eat early because I was really hungry. Apparently, my stomach isn't used to eating lightly. Hmm....) Sauteed garlic shrimp with basil pesto pasta in lemon juice, olive oil, and 1 tsp butter. 1 Fuji apple. 12 almonds. 1 tbsp peanut butter. 2 cups of water. Then, because I was still hungry after eating, I had 2 more cups of water. That caused my stomach to finally get the message, and it stopped grumbling.

7:50 PM - Snack



1 serving Snack Factory Everything Pretzel Crisps with Weight Watchers Cheese Spread. 1 last cup of water.

Soooo...I think today was quite a successful start to the week. I'm about to brush my teeth and get ready for bed, and I'm actually not hungry, so that's good. I feel very satisfied, yet clean. That may have something to do with the fact that I somehow ended up drinking almost 12 cups of water throughout the day. Anyway, I'm feeling positive and optimistic.

Let's all have a healthy, productive week!

3 comments

Jessica said...

Looking good so far! I think this is a good plan. It certainly does make you more accountable. Keep it up, I'm proud of you!

srrraah said...

Great plan. I will be the one person out there who will be unimpressed if I see any junk food in there missy ;) (just kidding...no condemnation from me, but alllll encouragement.)

You can do it Jennifer!

Lacey said...

Good idea! I wish you all the luck. Just a thought -- when I have unexpected weight gain like you did, I tend to blame my period/hormones. When it's that time of month for me I won't weigh myself because I retain fluid and everything is out of whack. I used to get so frustrated until I decided to NOT weigh in during that time and sure enough, things always went back to normal! haha.

Anyway, keep up the good work! You are so inspiring! I want to start running/walking again.