Ok, so how did week 3 go? Well, pretty good since I lost two pounds. Down to 133 pounds now, yipee! As this challenge moves forward, I notice that I’m actually feeling a little more competitive and am more interested in the actual weight loss part of this than I was to begin with. I’ve found that tracking my food intake in the MyFitnessPal app has been really enlightening – when I was doing it. I have lost traction on that because I didn’t make time for it for a couple of days, then I never went back to doing it. I’m going to start again today and do it for the next 5 days to finish off the challenge. It is super helpful for education around how many calories are in the foods I’ve been eating. I always read labels so I have a good understanding of the nutritional value of packaged foods but had little understanding of how many calories are in 2 cups of mixed greens or a banana for example. I was very excited to find out that there are only 20 calories in the greens portion of my daily salad and about 105 calories in a medium banana. I always eat fairly healthy, but I often eat too much for weight loss. I must eat just enough for weight maintenance because I haven’t gained weight in years now and I can manage that without tracking my intake.
The other thing the app is helpful with is giving me an idea of how much carbs, fat, protein, sodium and sugar I’ve consumed. Last year my naturopath encouraged me to snack on nuts and seeds instead of gluten free crackers as the protein would help keep me feeling fuller longer, and nuts aren’t packed with all the other garbage that crackers have in them. I love raw cashews & almonds now but because of this app, realized that I was consuming two servings instead of one. Because of the nuts and the avocado I often throw in my smoothie, my fat daily fat intake was skyrocketing. There can always be too much of a good thing I guess. I’ve limited my nut intake to 1/4 cup in total instead of a 1/2 cup and all seems to be good.
Another highlight from week 3 is that I went camping at a small music festival/equinox gathering and didn’t have a single alcoholic beverage! That is a first for me in my adult life! I really just felt the booze wasn’t worth the extra calories and I wanted to really challenge myself. Food was provided all weekend, and it was all mostly organic and very healthy so I didn’t even really have temptations to eat junk. I wish camping was always that easy for food!
Well, onto the homestretch now. I’m excited to see how I fare come September 30.