The last time I posted here I was excited that perhaps I had my spark back, but you haven’t heard from me since then. There is no doubt, some of you are wondering if South Beach Steve has lost his spark. Guess what! The answer is a resounding NO!
Since my last post I have really had a real run on good eating. I haven’t blown it, not even one single time. Furthermore, the weight loss is showing this. I have lost over eight pounds! As you know though, weight loss is secondary to health to me. I have some exciting news regarding this that I will share in the next ten days after I get confirmation on one last thing.
Unfortunately, the lack of posting is one of the realities in today’s world for me. Life is just too busy, and something has to give. For me, daily posting is one of those things. That doesn’t mean I won’t be here. I will. It just means it won’t be regular.
I hope things are going well in your world. Keep sparkin’ sparks!
So, you might be wondering what is going on with Steve. Or, maybe not. :-) I have been meaning to get on here and put a post up, life has just been busy. I thought the best way to share part of what is keeping me busy would simply be to refer you to a better written post than I could do. Just head on over to Pippa’s Porch. Pip and I both started this photography challenge earlier this year, and if you are interested you can see my pictures at http://365project.org/aineo/365. You could also see them and subscribe to my page at https://www.facebook.com/365daysofme. Here is one of my favorites for your viewing pleasure:
On the weight loss front things have been going exceedingly well. I am down 10 pounds now, and I am exercising again. All is well, right? Yep! I lost a lot of ground on my weight and fitness over the last year, but the tide has turned!
As I wrote about in the last post, things have taken a change for the better here. I have been strictly following my eating program for almost two weeks now, but this week was the first major challenge. I had to travel again this week. As most of you know, that is really challenging for me. Between the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and fantastic restaurant temptations, it is just about more than I can handle. This week has been different though. I have eaten very, very reasonably at breakfast, having much of the same exact things and portions I would have at home. Lunches have been salads, and even supper has been handled well. Last night was the biggest temptation though – a meal at my favorite restaurant, which is a Brazilian Steakhouse. I am pleased to report that it is the first time ever that I didn’t leave that restaurant over full. Victory!
Those who have been following this blog for a while all know that I am a scale watcher. I don’t talk about it often on here, but I usually weigh every morning and every evening when I am not traveling. I say that to say I know what typical weight fluctuations are. On top of that, since I have been using my new EatSmart scale, which by the way I LOVE, I have enjoyed a weighing consistency like I have never had before.
So I am sure you are wondering why I am saying all this.
My weight before bed last night was SEVEN POUNDS heavier than it was yesterday morning. SEVEN POUNDS! That is about twice the fluctuation I normally see between when I first get up and when I go to bed. The oddest part is that I did not overeat yesterday. This morning when I woke up I am still 3.5 pounds over what I was yesterday morning. The only thing I can think of is this sickness has just gotten worse. Last night I felt like I had the flu, and the congestion and cough is still bad this morning, so I am confident it is water retention. Even so, it is enough to make a person go a bit crazy.
Even though I usually post in the evening, I couldn’t resist going ahead and giving my weekly report this morning. I lost greater than two pounds this week! Wahoo! Most all my other measurements also went in the right direction. For the first time in a long time I feel like I am back on track.
Let me give a quick rundown of the week:
- I ate weight loss portions or maintenance portions every day.
- I exercised six days this week.
- Many time this week I ate when I was hungry, not because there was food there.
- I felt sore muscles this week. In particular my arms and legs.
- I turned down a lunch invitation.
I know each of those items aren’t real big deals, but they are real big deals to me.
I have long believed that a successful day or two really doesn’t mean you are on the right track. In fact, a habit is not even made in a week. I still feel better knowing a successful week is behind me, and I feel very strong heading into the upcoming week. It is basically a repeat of the week I just finished: same schedule (almost), same location, same people I am working with, and I am once again traveling alone. This adds up to a real opportunity for me to further solidify these renewed habits.
So here is the plan for the upcoming week: deliberate exercise six days this week and successful eating each day this week.