The Journey Continues…

Recap: Last week I discussed how I was planning to get back to me by getting my mind body and soul into shape. I discussed how I talk to my body and she sounds like Tiffany Haddish.

I realized if I wanted to be successful on this journey I needed to set realistic weekly goals for Myself. Here’s a summarized version of last week’s Mind, Body & Soul Goals:

Mind: To love myself at every phase of the journey, not just when I reach my goal. My body is working hard to help me to accomplish this goal and I am appreciative.

Body: Now that my baby is eating a decent amount of table food, and my milk production is not suffering, I felt like I could step it up a bit. My goal was to lose 2 lbs last week.

Here’s what I [tried to] cut out of my diet:

Bread
Pasta
Non-natural Sugars (candy, cake, cookies…)

Instead of Green Tea Fraps from Starbucks, I tried a greens juice mix that I got from Costco.
Soul: To continue to choose peace and joy for myself. I started my days by saying to myself “I am choosing joy. I am choosing peace.”

Update: I am happy to report that overall I was able to accomplish my goals for the week!

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thanks

Mind: I really did love my body at the stage it is in now to the point that I even wondered one day, should I just stay this weight that I am now and tone it up? Nah, I want to be able to comfortably fit into the clothes I already have in my closet since I refused to buy new bigger clothes.

Body: Last Monday I weighed in at 159, with a goal of losing 2 lbs and keeping it off to be 157. When I weighed in yesterday, I weighed 154.4 lbs. I lost 4.6 lbs so I met my goal with 2.6 lbs to spare. I didn’t try to keep off the 4 lbs, my goal was 2. I used the extra 2.6 to enjoy myself. This journey doesn’t have to be quick, but for my own sanity, and the sanity of those around me, I have to be happy while I am doing it. I knew I was going to be around lots of family in the days to come and didn’t want to be the picky eater of the bunch, so I used my extra 2.6 pounds as wiggle room should I decide to indulge a bit more than I should have, I could put on the extra weight and still meet my goal.

Soul: I have a busy deadline at work at the moment (due this Friday), so work has been stressful. By reminding myself that “I am choosing peace – I am choosing Joy”, I was able to avoid the stress that is often associated with a close deadline and go home at a decent hour every night to be with my family.

This Weeks Goals:
Mind: I want to listen to myself more and control my urges better. While I did great last week (If I do say so myself), yesterday I gave into my cravings and bought a slice of cake to go with my soup for lunch because my body said –

if you don’t stop playin
“Girl, if you don’t stop playing and reward me with some cake.”

So I did. Then she said –

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 27: Tiffany Haddish of ‘TBS/The Last O.G.’ speaks onstage during the Turner Networks portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

“Girl, if you don’t stop eating this nasty cake!”

Well, I was done listening to my body by that point so I finished it.

So while my starting weight for this week was 154.4, my post cake weight was 156.6 and the cake wasn’t even that great. I kept telling myself it was just ok as I ate it, but I still finished it anyway. Thankfully I had wiggle room weight.

Body: I’m keeping with the 2lb goal. I’m striving to be successful on this journey, not win the race. I realized that 2 lbs is doable and anything extra is wiggle room. The wiggle room is so helpful. Since last weeks goal was 157, this weeks goal is 155.

I’d love to say that I cut out everything I said I would completely, but I didn’t. I had two hamburgers on Saturday and a beer. But, I still managed to meet my goal because of how well I did through the week. So, here is what I will LIMIT instead of cutting it out completely.

  • Bread – no more okay cake. It better be mind blowing to justify the lbs
  • Pasta – this wasn’t that hard. I love pasta and I know it loves me, so we are taking a break…just for a bit.
  • Non-Natural Sugars – This is very important to me. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I try to limit the amount of candy in my home because my husband and kids do. Knowing the impact that Diabetes has on the Black community, I don’t deprive us, but I always try to stay mindful of our intake. Fruits instead of candy. No Corn Syrup or High Fructose Corn Syrup, I mostly drank water, my green juice, and unsweetened tea because I am one of those weird people who enjoys unsweetened tea.)

NEW LIMITATION: Salt. (My cousin and I realized while sampling items at Costco that there a lot of salty foods that lack flavor. What a rip off. You can’t douse food in salt and call that flavor! So I’m going to be more conscious of my sodium intake…)

While I’m not eating them every day, I’m still not giving up french fries. I like knowing I can have them if I want!

And I’ll try to do 25 crunches in the morning and night…

Soul: My husband, kids and I have been taking our dog for nightly 1-2 mile walks. This has been so nourishing for my soul. getting out and getting healthy with my family, using our imagination to spot unicorns in trees along the way, and meeting new neighbors while exploring our beautiful community has been a blast and something I look forward to when I get home from work. I’m sticking with I am choosing Joy – I am choosing peace. If something does not and will not result in a feeling of Joy and/or peace, why do it?

“The Saga continues” – Wu Tang Clan, 2017

The P.I. Mom

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