Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weight-loss Check in: Week 3

Weight loss this week: 1.5 lbs (7 lbs total, 13 to go!) I'm already a third of the way to my goal!!

Healthy eating highlights: For the last 3 weeks I've been logging everything I eat and have been making a point to also highlight the times I make conscious healthy choices when what I actually want is something unhealthy. (For example: The other day I was really craving key lime pie [random!] but instead of getting one at the grocery store I convinced myself to buy more citrus and squeezed lemon & lime into my water and ate clementines to cure the craving! Definitely not the same thing but it worked enough to squash the craving for that day and now it's gone!) Seeing those healthy choices highlighted helps me remember how proud of myself I was when I made those choices and how I know I can do it again when my willpower starts to wane.

Also, I have seriously cut down on sugar. Some sugar is unavoidable (unless you eat like a rabbit, which I do not) but I've cut out most added sugar and sweets.  Last weekend I went out to brunch with some girlfriends and had a mimosa which was delightful. The blood sugar crash, however, was not delightful.  About 2 hrs later I was tired and crabby and craving ice cream like a mo-fo. I pushed through the craving and was fine after that but it certainly taught me a lesson!

Exercise highlights: Still goin' strong. I've noticed I have more stamina during cardio sessions and am disappointed now when it's time for the cool-down. I also went up a level in dumbbell size when strength training :-)  Tomorrow I have the day off and am looking forward to a long hike.

Amazing news:  I had an appt with my PCP this morning about my blood pressure. My RE won't move forward on a FET until my PCP gives the go-ahead (which is okay since I'm still not emotionally ready for a FET anyway). When I started this weight loss plan my BP was 144/90. Just three weeks later it is 120/82. HOORAY! I am so freakin' proud of myself. I did Zumba this morning with a huge smile on my face the entire time :-D

My doctor will be recommending to my RE that I move forward with fertility treatments as soon as I'm ready which is great news. I still plan to work towards my goal of a 20 lb weight loss before we go back for a FET though (and am still keeping my FX hard that we might have the chance to be blessed with a miracle BFP on our own [today is 6DPO!]).


  1. Congrats on the weight loss and bringing your blood pressure down that is a huge accomplishment!! I agree after avoiding sweets, the times I have had a treat the after effect was nothing nice. Hoping for the BFP for you!

  2. Wow Chickin! That is really great, good job!

  3. Wow you are making such amazing progress - congrats! I'm so glad to hear that your BP has improved so much. I've got my fingers crossed for you too!!

  4. You are freaking awesome!! I am so proud of you and all the progress you've made, and congrats in getting your BP down!! I had a huge smile reading this post, so very proud of you and all the work you've done!! I'm keeping my fx so hard for you! Love you <3

  5. Way to go on the weight loss and the normal blood pressure!! You are amazing <3

    1. Aww thanks! You are pretty amazing too! LOVEFEST!

  6. WOOOHOOOOO!!!! That is willpower, girl. I can't say no to key lime pie. Congratulations, you are doing a great job! FX that you don't even have to go back to the RE... hoping for your miracle BFP!

    Weird side note, but last night in my dream I was getting my nails done and some random hair stylist was like "oh yeah, I donated to that cause through Chickin's blog." I whipped my head and was like I READ HER BLOG TOO!

    Please dont think I'm crazy, lol.

  7. GIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!! This is the most awesome post ever! I'm so proud of you for the amazing work you've been doing! And I love, love, love the idea to highlight the meal substitutes as motivation. That, right there, is better than a gold star!! GO YOU!!!!! And on the topic of your BP coming down ever-so-perfectly (and QUICKLY!), you absolutely ROCK! I hope you don't mind me saying, but I believe this is the work of the beautiful Petey Nugget. All those butterflies you've been seeing are Petey's stamp of approval saying, "Mom, I'm happy that you're taking care of yourself. You deserve it!" I love you, dear <3

  8. Holy smokes Chickin are you ever kicking ass!! More dumbbell weight, more stamina and a lower BP - wowzas!! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself!

    And I love the idea about putting citrus in your water and eating clementines - they are tasty little buggers.

  9. Hooray for improved blood pressure! You are on the right path Chickie!