First, I’m excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway! I used random.org‘s true number generator and the winner is Whitney from it’s what moves me!!! Congratulations, Whitney! I’m SO excited to send the book to you, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and contact info and I’ll get it to you ASAP. I hope you enjoy Mile Markers as much as I have. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
Second, I have succeeded in eating zero processed sugars (no cookies, muffins, cupcakes, candy…the list goes on) or gluten (no bread, pasta, crackers…) for one whole week. 7 days. It was hard. I had serious moments of coming so very very close to giving in, but held strong and resisted the urges. I feel really good. Lighter and less bloated. So, this morning I got on the scale and would you believe it?! I have lost 4 pounds. Yesterday I wore a pair of jeans I wasn’t able to button a month ago, so I know this is for real. It is working. This seems like a lot of weight to lose in one week, but I think that much of it is water retention too so I’m not worried about it. I’m being very careful about my hydration (actually I have been keeping track of my water intake each day this week, being sure to consume a minimum of 10 eight ounce glasses a day) so I know that I’m not dehydrated. With nursing and running it is extra important for me to be mindful of staying hydrated.
This 4 pound weight loss is very exciting to me, but I know I need to continue with these changes if I want to keep it off and get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I want to not just be able to button those jeans, but to feel like they are fitting me comfortably again. Here’s the thing, though – it’s not just about the weight loss or fitting into my clothes at all. I FEEL so much better. Honestly, I didn’t know I could feel this good, much less while losing weight. So, from here on out I am going to hang onto that feeling in my moments of thinking I really want to eat sugary processed foods. I’m going to try to remind myself of how well I am doing and how good I am feeling and ask myself if I really want to eat that cupcake (or whatever it is) in that moment. Chances are, the answer will be no and then the moment will pass and I’ll be glad I held strong. I’m committed to this for the month of May and am just taking it one day at a time. I know it’s going to be hard, but I believe it will be worth it!!