This week was a great week for experimenting in the kitchen, but I’m definitely indulging in too many of my daughter’s desserts. I more than doubled my goal for sugar this week. I was aware and managed my overall calories and exercise fairly well which allowed me to still lose weight for the week, ending at 248.4 which is down 1.6 pounds from last week.
Some of you may read this and wonder why I’m so concerned about sugar when I lost weight this week. The mental game of losing weight is the tough part. When I eat sugar, I crave more sugar. It becomes a cycle that feeds on itself. I am all for allowing myself to have a dessert once in a while, but this week I had three of those chocolate lava cakes pictured above as well as several gourmet cookies, Klondike Bars, and two large pieces of another chocolate cake my daughter made – with ice cream. Eating a large meal of vegetables fills me up and I don’t get hungry. Eating ice cream leaves me hungry again an hour later and craving more sugar. Even though I lost weight this week, it was more of a mental challenge and more effort and that will not be sustainable.
So, what am I going to do about it? I tried a sugar-free challenge earlier this year, and while I was not able to stick to it 100%, I know that it was helpful. I’m going to try another 5-day sugar-free challenge next week and will post how it goes.
I’m tracking 5 key categories that I have learned impact me the most. Here is my report card for this week:
|Total Calories||Fail||My average for the week was 2,481, slightly over my goal of 2,200.|
|Intermittent Fasting||Pass||My goal is to fast for 16 hours every day, and I hit that every day this week.|
|Supplements||Pass||My goal with supplements is to make sure I have my NingXia Red every day, take my vitamins (Core Supplements) at least once a week, take Aminowise after workouts, and replace at least 3 meals a week with Slique Shake. Nailed it this week.|
|Sugar||Fail||My goal is to average <60g of sugar per day and this week I averaged 125g this week. Cooking with my daughter is fun and we are both learning more, but she is way too good at making yummy desserts. 🙂|
|Exercise||Pass||My target is 5×20 minute high-intensity workouts each week. This week I got in 7 workouts that were all longer than 20 minutes, but it was a little different week. I decided to change things up this week and run every day. I actually got in a run of at least 2 miles every day – one day was a 5K.|
Here are all the details from my iHealth Core wireless scale:
|Category||Started At||Today||Total Change||Goal|
|Weight||343.2 lbs||248.4 lbs||-94.8 lbs||240 lbs
(NIH suggests 200)
|Lean Mass||216.2 lbs
|76%-82% of weight|
|Body Water||41.6%||53.1%||+11.5%||37%-63% of weight|
|Muscle Mass||201.0 lbs
|>35% of weight|
|DCI||3799 kcal||2927 kcal||-872 kcal||n/a|
|Bone Mass||10.3 lbs||9.4 lbs||-0.9 lbs||n/a|
Continue on to the Week 42 Results:
or head back to the first post: Starting My Health Journey