4 th Week of ETL
This week I am stumped on just what to share. It has been yet another crazy week, getting the house ready to sell. I have managed to get to the gym four times this week and I would like to count all the cleaning, painting and carting stuff out of the house as exercise too. I am noticing that I don’t seem to “count” that as exercise since it wasn’t a formal exercise plan. How silly is that? The bad news is it has made it very difficult to meal prep. But I do seem to manage to make a bean soup every week. I still use my chips and salsa as my go to meal. Luckily I have (barely) been able to make my own corn tortilla chips. So they are compliant. My fiancé and I seem to go to Subway for our go to meals. I have been having salad with no meat or cheese. I also always seem to have a little jar of flavored vinegar with me as well. My goal this week is to make a few of the salad dressings from the ETL program.
Even though I have cut up veggies and homemade hummus, I find it difficult to want to eat totally in compliance when I am very tired. My theory on that is when I eat just salads, I get hungry a short time later. I am finding when I add some starches to my meal, usually rice or potatoes I don’t get so hungry between meals. I have still only lost about two pounds, but I am noticing that my jeans are a little looser than they were just a few short weeks ago.
I plan on continuing this journey however imperfectly. I think I will do another six week journey after the house is sold and I am a little further along on the wedding plans. This particular six week journey appears to more about the internal changes. I must admit I have learned a lot about myself on this journey thus far. The mindset seems to actually be the most challenging part to this journey. The good news is my mindset is slowly changing. I am more and more able to follow the no snacking rule. That is hard when I have dinner at 5pm and don’t get to bed until midnight or later. But telling myself that I am fasting until breakfast has really helped as has drinking warm tea. I have learned to meal prep veggies, rice and bean soup even though I don’t always fix the ETL meals. I absolutely love my sharper image chopper which allows me to chop my veggies quickly into different size pieces. I am learning to talk back to my sabotaging thoughts. Now instead of saying “just this once won’t matter” I now tell myself “Yes it does matter. Short term loss, long term gain seems to have become my mantra. Then I realize it is more like short term gain (one minute of pleasure), long term loss (weight/no guilt). I am no longer worried about how much weight actually comes off on this particular six week journey. I have come to realize it is a marathon rather than a sprint. This round I will focus on changing the mindset and the next six week journey I will focus on being more compliant.