I know some of you might be wondering what happened to my posts every Monday where I talked about my weight loss journey? Well, they went on a hiatus. With a lot going on, some health problems and deaths in the family and just plain old chaos, from mid-August onward it just fell by the wayside. The positive aspect was that I didn’t really gain weight. The negative aspect was that I didn’t lose either. That being said, eating was a huge obstacle and I found myself failing to get proper nutrition and forgetting everything I’d learned – even about healthy snacks!
Normally I’d be cheering at the lack of weight gain (sad as that is!) but realistically after 2+ monthes I needed to up my game. So I did — which is part of the reason why you haven’t seen me around as much!
Exercise had to take priority so I finally got my head screwed back on and just went and did what I knew I needed to do all along. A lot of cardio, some weights (I adore Body Pump class!) and a lot of sweating.
Realistically, losing weight isn’t the matter of finding a magic formula. It’s a matter of monitoring what you eat and exercising. Now that I’ve got things back in perspective I’m pleased to say that I am losing again! I am more than 3/4 to my goal so I need to remind myself of that fact when I feel like I’m “never” going to get there! If I’d had that attitude I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere and I’d still be over 200 pounds and miserable!
Keeping healthy snacks in the house is a must and it means that there aren’t special treats for one person or another. It’s an all or nothing proposition (which may not be fair but my health is my number one priority so that’s just the way it is!). One new favourite is Grissol’s Sweet Thins. I like them because they are so different from anything else I’ve ever tried. Basically, the best way to describe these snacks is that they have a toasted texture that is similar to Melba Toast but they have an added twist because the things are actually dessert-like loaves such as banana bread, chocolate brownie and lemon poppy seed. And they only have 80 calories per packet! I like their crunchy texture and I love the sweet flavours — chocolate brownie is my favourite but I like the other flavours too. Little One and Miss Nine are pretty partial to them as well so they are great snacks that everyone enjoys and I don’t have to stress out about having calorific treats in the house!
I plan to keep moving forward as I have set targets as I do travel through the final part of my journey. I will keep sharing with you and I’d love it if you could share your thoughts and tips with me as well! I think this type of motivation is just what I need heading into the holiday season!