The Tricks Worked!

Starting weight: 262.5
Current weight: 260.3
Pounds lost: 2.2
Next weight goal: 255.0

Starting BMI: 45.1 
Current BMI: 44.7
Starting BMI designation: Morbidly obese
Current BMI designation: Morbidly obese
Next BMI goal: 43.8

Water intake: 32 oz
Weekly Step Goal: 2,150-4,250
Steps Today: 4,350

So last week was almost a complete bust as far as meeting my goals.  While I did hit my step goals, I just barely met the minimum I was hoping for.  And the meal plan?  Straight out the window.  I don’t think I actually followed one meal from it.

So, when Friday came around, I was determined.  I spent over an hour and a half finalizing this week’s SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Based) meal plan.  And this was after my amazing friend shared her meal plan with me, along with the relevant recipes to go with it.  I knew I would have to tweak it based on our family’s likes/dislikes and my recommended calorie counts from Noom so I really was quite happy it only took me an hour and a half to do it.

Come Saturday morning, I was READY.  I had my meal plan, a basic grocery list made up, and only had to double check the fridge and pantry to be sure I actually had some of the stuff I thought I had.  An hour later than I was planning on, Kiddo and I headed to the grocery store to stock up.

I think I stuck to my goals pretty well.  The tips and tricks from last week were really helpful.

  1. Go in the morning, before you’ve reached decision fatigue.  I went in the morning!  Around 10:00/10:30, so later than the 9:00/9:30 I was shooting for, but I still went in the morning.  It really did help with decision fatigue!  I didn’t time it, but I know the trip didn’t take as long as it normally does.
  2. Plan ahead.  Check.
  3. Buddy up.  Unfortunately, Kiddo doesn’t really count as a buddy in this circumstance.  But he’s cute and makes the trips more fun.
  4. Avoid the crowds.  I probably would have been okay if I had made it out by 9:00 like I was planning.  There was already a big crowd there by 10:30.
  5. Expose yourself, to your triggers.  I’m telling you, going early and avoiding decision fatigue made this one so easy.  I stood in front of the new super crunchy goldfish crackers and said no.  I stood in front of the Ritz Crisps and said no.  The decision was, well, fairly easy when I didn’t have a ton of other things on my mind!
  6. Use the shopping app.  This one didn’t apply to this weekend’s shopping trip, but definitely applies to the mid-week shopping trip I will need to make for fresh produce.  Having never done it before, I’m not sure whether Tuesday evening or Wednesday evening would be best for getting the 2nd half of the week’s produce, but being my first try, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

Overall, these shopping tips were hugely successful this week and I’ll absolutely be using them again this weekend.

Here’s this week’s plan.  So far so good already for Sunday and today, with the exception of my afternoon snack today.  The celery and peanut butter did not keep me satiated until dinner tonight.  I ended up eating two bags of Panera kettle chips at my desk.  Dinner tonight is still on target, however.  A big thing Noom has taught me is that just because I failed at one (or more) meals, does not mean it’s undone my whole day.  Slipping on my snack today means simply that: I slipped on my snack today.  It does not define what I will do for dinner.  It does not negate the vegetables I will eat nor does it need to sabotage my entire day’s calorie count.

My yesterday is not my today and my today is not my tomorrow.

June 16-22: Step goals ONLY
Step goals: 2,150-4,250

Sunday, 6/16
Breakfast: Turkey and Cheese wrap, cantaloupe
Lunch: Romaine salad with leftover Baja fish, oil & vinegar
Snack: Deli sliced ham and green beans
Dinner: Chinese take-out (Father’s Day)

Monday, 6/17
Breakfast: Nutri-grain waffle w/ peanut butter, Greek yogurt
Lunch: Ham & bell pepper roll-up on whole grain tortilla, with brown rice and cream cheese, grapes
Snack: Celery & peanut butter
Dinner: Chicken Marsala w/ whole wheat pasta, broccoli, tangerines

Tuesday, 6/18
Breakfast: Egg & goat cheese wrap on whole wheat tortilla, grapes
Lunch: Asian chicken salad w/ brown rice & avocado, cantaloupe
Snack: Lemon Pepper Black Bean and Corn “salsa”
Dinner: Red Pepper Pasta

Wednesday, 6/19
Breakfast: Egg & goat cheese wrap on whole wheat tortilla, banana
Lunch: Leftover red pepper pasta
Snack: Snap peas and hummus
Dinner: Steak & veggie stir fry with cauliflower rice

Thursday, 6/20
Breakfast: Toast w/ peanut butter, apple, hard-boiled egg
Lunch: Leftover stir fry
Snack: Deli ham & green beans
Dinner: “Spaghetti”: ½ whole wheat spaghetti, ½ zucchini noodles, chunky garden pasta sauce

Friday, 6/21
Breakfast: Quaker Overnight oats, hard-boiled egg
Lunch: Tuna salad pita w/ tomatoes
Snack: ½ sweet potato w/ black beans & salsa, plain Greek yogurt
Dinner: Grilled lemongrass beef, sweet potatoes, blueberries

Saturday, 6/22
Breakfast: whole-wheat pita w/ cream cheese & scrambled eggs
Lunch: Turkey and cheddar pita w/ spinach, apple
Snack: ½ sweet potato w/ black beans & salsa, plain Greek yogurt
Dinner: TBD – That’s next week’s problem

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