Monday, July 5, 2010

July is a Good Month

Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. We did... fireworks, BBQ and all! Yesterday morning I weighed in at 198 pounds, which was a maintain for the week. Considering my couple days off plan, I will take a maintain. I did see the scale go up after my days of poor choices, but I forced myself to get back on plan 100%. It was hard, I won't try to fool ya. I kept wanting junk. I had visions of pizzas and chips and donuts in my head. It took a lot for me not to go down to the store and buy crap foods. I even had a moment where my inner brat was demanding McDonald's... but no, I am NOT going back there, not now, not ever. It's been about 9 months since I last went there. Pretty good, considering at one point it was a 4-times-a-week habit... and occasionally, on my bad weeks, more.

Yesterday after a day of healthy eating and a one mile walk, I made burgers on the grill for the kids and a buffalo steak for myself. I made a yummy low carb potato salad (no potatoes included... recipe coming this week) and really enjoyed my meal. I was full and satisfied. But I had bought a bag of Sun Chips for the kids to have with their burgers, too. I don't DO chips right now, so they have not had any in months (unless they bought their own) so it was a special treat for them. Watching them eat chips bothered me a little. I wished I could eat them. And then later that night, a friend mentioned having powdered donuts. I almost had a fit right there. I wanted DONUTS and it was like I couldn't stop thinking about them. I just kept telling myself I want HEALTH more than I want junk food. Not easy. But I got through it.

We were up late watching fireworks and had a nice time. This morning, I hit a new low! 196 pounds! I am so excited. And I am so glad I didn't give in to my cravings.

July is my birthday month (and my daughter's as well). It is a special month for me. I LOVE July. I always feel like I want to give myself a special birthday gift, so this month my gift to myself is to feed my body healthy foods, enjoy some fun outdoor activity, and lose weight. It's the best thing I can give myself. That, and self love. You all know how much I love cooking, too, so I will be trying and making up new recipes this month and posting the good ones on my blog. Don't miss my planked salmon recipe that I posted the other day! It's a good one. And I have a special giveaway coming up this week too.

Thank you all for the fantastic support during a really rough week. Your kindness and prayers and good thoughts helped get me through. And I feel stronger and more capable this week to deal with anything that I need to. When I have anymore updates on my son I will let you know. My daughter is doing great! And I am happy.

And how are YOU? What's your plan for July?

16 comments:

Momma Hunt said...

Good for you, happy July

Lanie Painie said...

I'm glad you're feeling happy and empowered. I had a few good "up" weeks myself and am really fighting to get back to it. It's not so easy to do with a husband full of negativity and disrespect but believe me, I will do it just to spite him. lol

I can't wait to see your upcoming recipes! I love having something to look forward to!

Steph said...

I'm not sure if I've ever posted or not, but I wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I have read a lot of the archives starting from the beginning and you really are an inspiration. I love how you never give up.

July is my birthday month too! Technically my brithday present to myself was a new cell phone, but I am also giving myself health and exercise and nutritious food. I started Nutrisystem almost 4 weeks ago. I've lost about 6lbs (have 75 to lose), which I am thrilled with. I haven't been 100% on track, but this month I plan to do a lot better. I went back to boot camp this morning after taking several months off. It felt really good to be back. My body amazed me with what it can do. (I might feel differently about that tomorrow, depending on how sore I am. lol)

Joy said...

Awesome!! It's so great to see the results of hard work and great decisions. Keep it up and Happy Birthday month ~ Enjoy every minute!!

Jo said...

Great job on abstaining from the junk food and the 2 lb loss!! Well worth doing without!

Can't wait for the potato salad recipe!

Hanlie said...

I'm glad you had such a sensible weekend and that you got rewarded for it on the scale. Well done!

I'm starting a new job in a week's time, so I'm very excited about July. And I may be starting a new blog...

first steps said...

Hey, July is my birthday month as well, the big 5-0 for me this year! For my present, I have challenged myself to exercise at least 5 days a week for 30 mins. per day....what better present than healthy living, losing weight, and feeling better??? None that I can think of right now! I'm looking forward to those recipes......potato-less potato salad.....you've got my interest! Glad to see you doing well, I love your blog.

Leslie said...

Hi Lyn - My birthday month as well. It's so good to see that we can be "not perfect" every day and still stay on traqck in the big picture.

clickmom said...

So happy for you. (And kind of jealous too) I am scale-less for the next two months and kind of terrified about gaining, I'm trying to keep up with my exercise and diet but am missing the routine of my school year life. I did manage a run this morning during which I had a chat with myself about this summer being about taking care of me, food and exercise wise and how I have to carve out the time if it means not being as social as I usually am.

clickmom said...

So happy for you. (And kind of jealous too) I am scale-less for the next two months and kind of terrified about gaining, I'm trying to keep up with my exercise and diet but am missing the routine of my school year life. I did manage a run this morning during which I had a chat with myself about this summer being about taking care of me, food and exercise wise and how I have to carve out the time if it means not being as social as I usually am.

P.S. I am going to make that plank salmon this week.

Jennifer said...

Congrats on 196 Lyn! WhooHoo!!!! I cant wait for your new recipe! I am so glad your daughter is doing better. My youngest is still trying to get over it... she got it a few days after our 6 days stretch with my older daughter! It has been a long few weeks! I think we have been up with her every night and had to change her sheets like 8 times this week. I am ready for normalcy again!!!

Jennifer

kellyO said...

You sound great, looks like things are going so well for you! Keep it up...

Catherine F. said...

Congrats on seeing the results on the scales of your positive food decisions ....... it so beats seeing them go the other way when we've made the donut, chip munching decision. Enjoy your success!

spunkysuzi said...

I find some days are harder for temptations than others!! You, my dear, handled this week as well as you could!
Every time we are tested and stay on track we get stronger.
Today i went to a chinese buffet all you can eat and honestly i was very happy with my choices. At least compared to my choices in the past.

Fatina George said...

Congrats on doing so well! I can't wait to break under 200! You've really inspired me.

My plan for July is 60minutes of cardio 5 days a week, using WW points to gauge how much food to eat, and spending about 80 hours a week studying the bar exam.

Lisa said...

I had a great 4th too. you are doing great. My bday is in august and i think I am going to copy your "gift to yourself." :)