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Aaaand ladies, we’ve arrived. We’re officially 8 weeks in, AKA, the time I would normally be giving up on a diet and heading straight for the Oreos. Luckily, this isn’t a diet, so I’m going to push through! Just knowing at least 8 of you (the number of participants last week) are reading this and doing it with me is enough to keep me going. I love reading through your posts. You girls light up my calorie-counting life.
Earlier, I was lamenting my weight loss (or lack thereof) to Michael, and God bless him, he risked his own life by being honest with me and asking me a tough question: “Well, Lauren, are you being consistent?” Ouch. I mean, I’m running 3 times a week! Except when I skip a run here or there. And I’m eating really well! Except when I cave and eat whatever I want for an entire weekend. I mean, I can’t expect fabulous results if I’m not giving this 100%, right? Or at least a higher percent than I’ve been giving it. I do really well, and then I cave. I need to run more, and splurge less. I can do it. I can still splurge, but maybe just for a meal, not for the entire weekend. And I shouldn’t skip runs, but maybe I could do two miles instead of three. Balance, girls. We balance everything else in our lives — we can balance this, too.
- Weigh-in: I’m about the same (3-4 pounds down), which is frustrating, but it’s no one’s fault but my own. Now that school is about to start, I’ll be on a much tighter schedule, which means hopefully less eating for sport (I could gold medal in stress eating, btw), more meal planning, and planning my day around workouts. As I’ve said before, I do SO MUCH BETTER in EVERY aspect of my life when I have a schedule.
- Exercise completed: Three runs, as usual. I really need to bump it up to four. My 5K is coming up soon!
- Splurge/Guilty Pleasure: My mom visited last weekend, and since she’s (unofficially) on the #cbdiet too, we did pretty well! We had gelato twice, though. The first time, we thought it was super naughty and we did it anyway because, GELATO. The second time was after we googled the number of calories in gelato and discovered there are fewer calories in gelato than in ice cream! Which means I’ll be going to Carpe Diem and eating their Biscoff gelato every day for the rest of eternity. I mean, what?
- Success story: My last two runs have been three miles each, about ten minutes per mile (average), and haven’t hurt nearly as bad as they did in the beginning. In fact, I can even walk when I’m done without feeling like I’m going to pass out/cry/vomit. That’s always a good thing.
- Recipes/photos: I have been eating TONS of fruits and vegetables, and you should too. They are delicious, filling, and low in calories (duh?). I try to either pile fruit or veggies on top of whatever I’m eating, or eat a salad or some veggies before a meal. This week, I’ve been eating watermelon for dessert every night, and it is so good!
Clockwise from top left: “I hope your mango is ripe” (it was); blueberries and a heart-shaped tablespoon of brown sugar for my oatmeal; fruit and veggies with breakfast and lunch.
My Chicago BFF Julie sent me my favorite Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea and some Almondina cookies. I had never tried the cookies before, and they are delicious! The best part? The tea doesn’t need sweetener, meaning this nighttime snack was only 66 calories.
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