by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on August 2, 2011

in Weight Loss

Well, I’m now one week in for the 28th Birthday Challenge and it went…

starting: 161.4
this week: 163.0
change: +1.6
overall: +1.6

One thing I’m trying really hard to do is actually stay away from the scale.  Ironic, no?  Avoid the scale during a weight loss challenge?  Yet, I get addicted to what that number says, what it tells me about myself.  It shapes my day far more than it should and sometimes dictates how I feel about myself that day.

If nothing else comes from this challenge, I hope that I can break up with the scale.  I am so much more than that number.  It is not worthy of dictating my self-worth and affecting how my day goes.  I am a strong, beautiful, independent woman.  My clothes are fitting better, I’m gaining muscle I never had, I’m finding more confidence in myself with every passing day.  I refuse to let a scale – or anything else – take that away from me.

Despite all that, I stepped on the scale this morning to weigh in.  It is a weight loss challenge after all.  It’s  really the stepping on the scale every day, sometimes multiple times a day, that I’m trying really, really hard to overcome.

The old me would have been crushed my the number that flashed.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a smidge bit disappointed.  But I know I had a big, heavy dinner last night and that always affects things.  Rather than getting down about it or “forgetting” to post it or waiting until tomorrow to try again, I’m going to be open and honest about what happened today.  Yep, it sucks but it’s not the end of the world.

Instead of letting it get to me, I made a renewed commitment to eating a little better and trying a little harder at the gym.  Part of me is really tempted to hop back on the scale first thing tomorrow morning to see if it changed.  That’s the very habit I’m trying so hard to break.  So, I’m avoiding the scale tomorrow morning and hoping that this time next week, my extra effort pays off!

In attempts to start the day off on the right foot (and use up the rest of my spinach that has seen better days), I made myself a green monster  this morning!  Into the blender went a frozen naner (makes it so much colder and creamier!), some frozen strawberries and blackberries, a cup of almond milk, half a scoop of protein powder and a teeny bit of xantham gum.  Oh, and all that extra spinach (2 big handfuls)!





It really comes out looking quite unappetizing, doesn’t it?  But, it sure does taste better than it looks!

I was so excited about my smoothie this morning that I didn’t even think about grabbing lunch!  I’m not sure if that’s better or worse than my usual leaving the house without the food I packed.  Seriously, it’s not that hard, but I have such a hard time remembering such a simple thing!

Since I was foodless, I grabbed a salad with lots of good stuff!

My sweet tooth was kicking in as well; I really wanted the peanut butter chocolate bar that was practically screaming my name (I swear, I heard it!), but instead I went with an Odwalla bar.  Hopefully it will satisfy the cravings.  Maybe?

And with that, back to work!  Once I get through today, my week is half over and I’m on the downswing – I’ve got Friday off!  Woohoo!  😎

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Lauren August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I’m sure it was just the “food baby” from last night, silly!
I would bet you see a bigger loss next week. Sometimes I find a gain really kicks up my motivation (once I get over the disappointment).
PS Where did you get that straw? Your smoothie looks yummy!


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

Someone (Tina, I think) had them as an OpenSky sale at one point. I couldn’t find them there, but I did see them on amazon:

(And just an FYI for full disclosure – that is a link to my affiliate store, so if you were to buy them through that link, I’ll make a few cents.)


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