This is titled Emptying the Trunk because it is our goal to get the junk out of our respective trunks, or reduce the size of our booties if you go the pirate pun route. Either way, the intent is that it is open to anyone and is a community all working toward losing weight and getting more fit. We hold each other accountable, not by any mean methods, but just by asking how things are going. We also support and encourage and share our tips that work for us. To join, all you have to do is leave a comment letting us know you want to be part of this community. Easy, right? It would help if you leave your twitter name too since much of our during the week support is via twitter. If you don’t have twitter, don’t worry, once a week emails and once a week posts will keep you on track.
Good choices I made this week:
- Did not drink wine all week. Crazy? Or Genius?
- Ate a lot of apples and bananas.
- Tried to drink more water (was mostly unsuccessful).
- Stopped drinking coffee on Wednesday.
- Played Wii Fit with the kids and walked on the treadmill once.
So, did it work?
- Start – Dec. 20 – 70 lbs to lose
- Week 1 – minus 0.5 = 69.5 lbs to lose
- Week 2 – minus 2.0 = 67.5 lbs to lose
- Week 3 – minus 0.0 = 67.5 lbs to lose
- Week 4 – minus 2.0 = 65.5 lbs to lose (total to date – 4.5)
This does not technically meet my criteria for allowing me to drink wine for a day. I set a target of only having wine after each 5 pounds that I lose. However, tonight is my wine and board games party with friends and so I am going to give myself that 0.5 pound variance, accept that it will affect how long it takes to reach the next 5, and enjoy my party. That is part of the goal – fitting life into this #emptytrunk adventure so it is sustainable.
*Please note I have changed my weigh-in day to Saturday so I could post without the dehydration I expect from tonight’s wine affecting my weight. This also puts me on the same schedule as Lori @ A Day in Motherhood, my cohost of this endeavor!
Things I did this week that I can change for next week include:
- Never met my 10,000 steps goal
- Only used the treadmill once
- Ate some chocolate bars
- Had seconds for dinner almost every night
So, I will try to do better this week, but am very happy with my 2 pounds and will take it! How did you do?
Here’s who has signed up for our #emptytrunk challenge:
- Lori @ A Day in Motherhood -
- Kisha @ In Thru the Out Door
- Jackie @ It’s Crazy Cheap
- Tanya @ Mommy Goggles -
- Kristi @ Spend Less and Save More
- Mandy @ In Mandyland
- Cynthia @ The Geek Wife -
- Nicole @ Help Mama Remote
- Leilani @ Soleil Selene -
- Bridget @ Thinking Positive with God’s Help
- Betty @ Opinionated Mother
- Amanda @ Whodemis -
- Anje @ Saving in Spartanburg -
- Gina @ Special Happens
- Jill @ JillSnackSpot
- My real life friends Heather -
- and Laura
- and Carli from Grandma’s Guide to Life (she’s successfully lost and KEPT it off, so will give us her tips)
Weight Loss Tip
Tip 1: My tip for the week was given to me by my friend Heather’s husband – David. He has lost a ton of weight and gotten buff using P90X. I asked if caffeine, even in diet sodas, was negative if you were trying to lose weight. He shared a paragraph from the P90X book that I am paraphrasing here:
Caffeine and artificial sugar boost insulin production and cortisol production – both of which encourage your body to store fat.
Hmm, I am trying to stop drinking coffee in response to his insight, but haven’t gotten to the soda yet. I figure coffee has 3 times as much caffeine and I use the flavored creamers with artificial sweeteners so if I had to choose one or the other coffee was the best one to work on first. Granted, I don’t have to choose one or the other, but for me to stick to this I can’t just go cold turkey. These are lifestyle changes (hopefully) and one new habit at a time is just fine with me!
With that and the wine avoidance I am no longer on an upper (coffee)/downer (wine) cycle! That alone has to count for something right?
Tip 2: Comes from @PaulakPorter on last night’s #wineparty tweets. She suggests using salad plates instead of dinner plates to help you with portion control. I had heard this tip from a Weight Watcher’s group, but had forgotten. Also, Paula is the first person I know that came to the realization that our plates are significantly bigger than they used to be via personal revelation. She was unpacking her grandma’s china and thought the dinner plates were salad plates because of the size difference! After realizing how much our plates (portions) have grown over the past 50 years, she now uses a variety of salad plates instead of dinner plates and it works!
Ok, ladies. How did you do? Would you please let me know this week’s loss and your total loss to date? If you have a post about your weight loss, please link it up!
Thank you! Also what is your one tip that works for you?
Please welcome Jill too! She lost 40 pounds by choosing healthier snack options and shares them on her website JillSnackSpot. She has agreed to help us with our snacking woes!