It’s been a while since I blogged about my weight loss journey. The last time I checked in was after weeks 1 and 2. The last four weeks have been quite the roller coaster, and I guess it’s been a good experiment on how my body reacts during times that don’t follow a routine.
As a reminder, after week 2 my weight landed on 146 (and I started this journey at 152). I started using the USANA RESET program, and have continued using their shakes and snacks for some of my meals and vitamins.
This was a challenging week. I normally sleep very good, but this particular week I was only getting a few hours each night. After the 3rd night of not sleeping well, I started drinking coffee again (after being off it for 3 weeks). I just couldn’t get through the day without a boost. I also found myself craving more sugar type foods, but I think that was due to my lack of energy from not sleeping. I also only did yoga twice that week, so I didn’t get much exercise in. I maintained my diet for the most part: using a USANA shake for one or two meals and making healthy choices for the rest of my meals throughout the day. I wasn’t very good at taking my USANA vitamins every day. After the week was over, I was exhausted and up one pound to 147.
My sleep finally went back to normal and I was feeling better. I only had coffee a few times during this week (I love coffee, and it was hard to stop once I started back up). No headaches or withdrawals on the days I did not drink coffee, so that was positive. I stayed on the same meal plan for most of the days, but I definitely skipped my vitamins. I also had a few cheat days. It was Craig’s birthday that week, so we ended up going out for two big meals (we stuffed our faces with yummy food). I also had some Oreos and milk one day after dinner. I only did yoga 2 times that week. At the end of week 4, my weight was still 147. But after all the overeating and lack of exercise, I was just glad I didn’t gain weight.
I continued on with the USANA plan, and only had coffee about twice that week. But I had cheat days when I met up with friends (it’s hard for me to order salad at a restaurant!!). I did yoga 3 times and walked once. I did not weigh myself this week (I was nervous to see 147 again). So I have no idea where I ended up.
Another chaotic week. I spent almost three entire days in Tucson (two hotel meals consisted of peanut butter french toast… so delicious!), and I had one lunch date with friends (tofu sandwich with yummy basil mayo on it). This week I did not use my USANA products that much, due to my traveling and schedule. And I definitely did not take any vitamins. And I only had time to get one yoga workout in (but I’m so getting better at this yoga thing!! I’m feeling stronger and more flexible!). Earlier in the week I weighed 144 (shocked by the drop), but I ended at 145 when the week was over. BUT, the pants I like to wear when I shoot weddings felt way more comfortable and looser. I was excited for that!
My eating and schedule has been inconsistent, so I expected my weight loss to be inconsistent. If I focus on the last four weeks, it appears I only dropped 1 pound. But 7 weeks ago when I started this journey, I was 152. And I lost 7 pounds total from my start day. So I’m happy averaging 1 pound a week. I think that is healthy. I didn’t go into this hoping for a quick fix. I wanted results that would last, and a plan that was realistic to my lifestyle. These next few weeks I am going to focus on being more consistent using the USANA shakes and vitamins, and getting more yoga into my schedule. And fitting into more wedding clothes! :o)