Weigh in Wednesday: Slowly shedding pounds and Learning Self Control

Hi guys! I hope you are all having an amazing week. It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for me to do my first official weigh in here on my blog. Now, technically, I have already done one weigh in. My very first weigh in was last Wednesday, but I decided not to begin the weigh in Wednesday until I was into my groove, and also until I knew that I wasn't simply losing water weight.

My starting weight was 242 pounds. It is my all time highest weight, and I am not proud of it, hence the reason for this lifestyle change! Last wednesday I weighed in at 236, which means in my first week, I lost 6 pounds! That's a great loss, but I know that the first week you always lose a bunch and most of it is simply water weight. Not fat loss. So while it 's nice to be able to say I lost 6 pounds, and I was thrilled with that, I knew that this week I would not have such a substantial loss.

So, I wasn't expecting big numbers when I stepped on the scale this morning, and I was actually pleasantly surprised. I weighed in this morning at 233.8 pounds. That means that I lost 2.2  pounds, putting me at a grand total of  8.2 pounds lost so far.

I am pretty happy with that. I know it's not a ton of weight by any means, but I am aiming for about a pound and a half to two pounds of weight loss a week. So this is right on target with my goals! I know from experience that while losing a ton of weight quickly feels good at the time, it generally is done in a not so healthy way. I am aiming for losing weight slowly so that I can hopefully keep it off, and I don't want to deprive myself of anything, because I know that tends to lead to bingeing, and eating way too much of something when I finally do allow myself to have it.

Speaking of bingeing, I had a pretty big problem with that this week. It's only my second week, so I am not beating myself up about it, but it's something I need to be concious of. On Sunday it was my youngest son's 5th birthday. And so I decided to make that day a diet "Cheat day." I knew ahead of time that I was not going to be strict with calories and that I would go over my self imposed limit. But, I went a little too far overboard. I started out the day with a pretty low calorie breakfast. But then we took my son out to lunch to celebrate his birthday. We went to Olgas, which has amazing food, but let me tell you, that awesome olga's bread that they put all their wraps on is super high in calories. I pretty much consumed my daily allowance of calories with that one meal. And then I had delivery pizza for dinner. And then I had cake and icecream. I think if I had practiced a bit more self control and splurged my calories on just one of those items it would have been better than going all wild and eating like I was never going to be fed again. So, I learned this week that I need to learn a bit more self control, even on "cheat days". Perhaps having a day where I have a "cheat meal" rather than just declaring a day a complete day off from healthy/low calorie eating. I will let you all know how that goes in the future.

So, as not to end this blog post on sort of a bad note, I thought I would go ahead and share with you some of the foods that I ate and really enjoyed over the past week. It might give you some ideas on things you could make and eat at home!

One of the meals that I especially enjoyed that I made this week, and it's super simple, are Tortilla pizzas. As you just saw above, I obviously love pizza, but if you order a pizza and have it delivered it's immensely high in calories! Getting it without the pepperoni and high calorie meats, and getting it thin crust style helps, but a slice of delivery pizza can still run you 300 calories (and oftentimes much, much more) and who eats just one slice of pizza? So, I decided to do a low calorie at home pizza option! All I do is take a medium sized tortilla and spray it with a little zero calorie olive oil spray. Then I put it on a baking sheet and spread it with a tablespoon of pizza sauce. I sprinkle about a quarter of a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on top and then stick it in a 400 degree over for about 10 minutes. It comes out crunchy and melty and delicious. And one of these little pizzas is about 250 calories. Add a salad and you have the perfect little lunch!

Another meal that I found really great is one that I whip up in the morning for breakfast. It's my take on a mcdonalds sausage mcmuffin breakfast sandwich. I simply fry an egg. I take a fully cooked turkey sausage patty and microwave it on high for about a minute, and toast up an English muffin. Then I put it all together with a slice of fat free cheese, and I am all set for a yummy breakfast! One of these sandiwches keeps me going til lunch no problem and it's around 300 calories!

So, that's my wednesday weigh in! Thank you guys so much for coming along on this weight loss journey with me, I appreciate the support! If you want to see more of what I have been eating so you can get low calorie meal ideas you can find me on myfitnesspal. I am Jwhackers84 on there, and I accept any and all friend requests. My food diary is open to the public so you can check out what I am eating there. Or you can follow me on instagram. I post lots of photos of my meals on there as well. I am Jwhackers there! Leave me a comment down below if you have any questions about anything! Thanks so much you guys! Bye for now!!

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