So this is going to be my last post on my 30/30 Challenge. I believe that technically I have a day or two of this challenge left (although I somewhat lost count at a point lol) But I wanted to wrap it up today with some thoughts on how this went.
I found some new recipes with this challenge and definitely got back into the habit of using my crockpot.
Thanks to my friend Donna and others who sent me some awesome recipes!! It helped a lot.
At the end of the day, I found that I am still that person who needs LESS variety in my meal planning.
After 2 years on this journey, I still struggle when I spend too much time looking for recipes or preparing food.
For me, simple is best.
I also found that after all the recipes I tried….salsa chicken STILL remains my go-to favorite and staple.
I could probably eat this on a daily basis and never tire of it. In fact this is what I ate last night.
I often throw the salsa chicken in a salad and it eliminates the need for extra dressing
You put chicken tenderloins in the crockpot and throw salsa on it. DONE!
When it is finished, I add sour cream and mix it in to my portion. The kids love it too.
SO…this week I am going back to what works for me. And it’s the basic simple plan of the following:
Mostly shakes during the day
Greek salad (lettuce, black olives, feta cheese, banana peppers, cucumbers, Ken’s Greek Salad Dressing)
Chicken (variations…salsa chicken….baked chicken w/ low carb sauces)
Deli Ham/Turkey and cheese (no bread)
It’s simple but it also feels safe to me
I can do it without thinking
It gets my mind off of FOOD
And it works
I wish I had done better in this category. I wasn’t able to do a full 30 minutes every day as planned.
Well let me correct that….I was ABLE to but I didn’t always do it.
This is an area though I need to work on
When I get up in the morning and spend my time praying and studying the Bible before anything else
I find myself far more equipped to handle the day
There is no doubt in my mind that I need this more than anything because I need the strength, faith and hope that it gives me
One of the main reasons I feel it is important for me (as someone who has struggled with weight and other issues) to study God’s Word
Is because I need to remind myself that I am loved, worthy, and treasured by God
Maybe that sounds selfish but I think so many of us out there who have been through severe obesity need to know this
If you’ve been through rejection, insecurity, obesity, addiction, divorce….any difficult situation that left you feeling like a failure
Then often you end up in bondage to the following list of things (which came from a Bible Study I was doing)
- - Self-rejection; not accepting yourself, always beating up on yourself, not happy with the person that God made you, etc.
- - Self-hatred; hating the person who God made in you, considering yourself ugly, dumb, clumsy, etc.
- - Unforgiveness or bitterness; when a person continues to hold things against themselves, such as something in their past that was embarrassing, gross, or that they are still ashamed of (even after repentance).
- - Being hard on oneself; always beating up on yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. Always seeing yourself as worthless, or pushing to reach irrational goals just to feel good about yourself.
- - Low self-esteem; always seeing yourself as a failure, or less than those around you.
- - Ashamed of yourself; refusing to forgive yourself from something in your past.
- - Feeling ugly or stupid; seeing yourself as ugly, worthless, stupid, good for nothing, etc.
When I read that list, I thought…WOW
Can you imagine walking around feeling these things about yourself
And still trying to FUNCTION in daily life?
This is a WEIGHT that will press you so far down you will see nothing but darkness
And how can we even begin to do healthy things for ourselves if we feel we are undeserving?
How will we ever find the courage to walk around the neighborhood in public if we feel that we are disgusting?
Sometimes WE are the voice that is beating up on ourselves more than any other voice out there
This is why it’s so important that we study God’s promises, internalize them, and believe them
Especially those that remind us of His Love!
This area is probably where I made the most progress!
I managed to get back into some routines that had fallen by the wayside
As a result, it is Monday morning and the laundry is all done for the week
Dishes are clean
Groceries are bought
And all my kids had socks that matched this morning!!
My friend, Krystal, is a great organizer and she helped me to accomplish a lot
Sometimes we need to learn to rely on the strengths of others to help us out!
This week I still have a few things to accomplish in the area of paperwork/filing but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel
Procrastination is always an issue for me so I have to keep on top of it
Today I am going with my daughter to get our cars inspected
I got a ticket once for not doing that for no reason other than pure procrastination
Believe it or not, procrastination DOES affect my weight loss journey
Because when I procrastinate on something important
I start to panic
Which makes me anxious
And leads to FOOD
When I get stressed out and overwhelmed by a messy house or undone tasks
All I want to do is EAT
So keeping on top of these things DOES help me stay on track in the area of food!
I am happy to say that I have gotten back into the routine of working out
My main routine is:
Recumbent Bike (10 minute warm up)
Elliptical ( I am up to 16 minutes now!! I started with something like 2-5 minutes and I’ve been adding 30 seconds a day or every other day)
Treadmill (30 minutes alternating walking/jogging)
Legs/Arms alternate strength training days
I also upgraded to the black card at Planet Fitness so I could bring my daughter, Annabelle, with me as a guest when she wants to come
Another perk of the black card is that I get to use the massage chair after I’m done working out
And I can FIT in the massage chair which never stops being awesome!
I wanted to thank all of you that followed me on this challenge!!
I appreciate your support and encouragement so much!!