Weekly Fit Check: Moving Along

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For those of you reading, we’ve made it another week in our ongoing fitness journey. That excites me! I’ll tell you what else excites me: despite my efforts to kick the scale out of the limelight, I can’t help getting excited about it sometimes and this is one of those times. I’ve shown a loss for the second week in a row!

In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 2.8 pounds. That puts me right back in range of where I was before I had several weeks in a row of little gains. Even with my indulgence at the Japanese restaurant last week, where the fortune in my cookie gave me a great laugh:

Leap Day Fortune[3]

I said I should have read it before I ate. The fortune now resides on my fridge as a daily reminder.

And, honestly? I haven’t been making a special effort to lose. Maintaining has been my goal, so I’m very happy with my weight right now.

I was just telling Brian last night that I’m in a very happy place right now. I’m eating in a way that I can see myself easily maintaining for the rest of my life and I’m relatively happy with my weight. I never thought I’d be in the place of having 5-10 pounds to lose, like the majority of American women. I like that.

Also, on the fit front, a big change in my diet was brought front and center this weekend. On Friday, our homeschool group went on a field trip to a local grocery store. The produce looked so much better than it does at the store where I normally shop.

So, I went there for my produce on Saturday before going to the other store where the overall prices are better. I gave myself a $40 budget for produce.

Forty dollars. For produce.

A couple of years ago, I never even went to the produce department for anything other than white potatoes (which I bought by the 10 lb. sack…if I buy them at all anymore, which is rare, I just buy three or four potatoes), onions, and, occasionally, lettuce for a salad. Now, the produce department is where I spend at least one-fourth of my grocery shopping budget.

Produce that has become a staple at my house includes:

  • red pepper
  • jicama
  • avocado
  • spinach
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • artisan lettuce
  • garlic (minced in a jar…I’m lazy)
  • fruit of some sort (blueberries, strawberries, grapes, oranges, apples, pineapple)

Another great indicator of the changes in my nutrition is the fact that, just yesterday, the thought crossed my mind to take a picture of my plate. I didn’t because I have terrible light in my dining room and I didn’t feel like taking the time to find a good light source, but it really struck me that my plate looked so healthy, colorful, pretty.

For lunch, I had a tuna sandwich with avocado sides of jicama, red pepper, and baby carrots with hummus for dipping. There were also a few strawberries and grapes and a handful of walnuts. Delicious, nutritious, and appetizing to look at.

Dinner was honey-mustard chicken with roasted cauliflower and red peppers, steamed green beans, and cranberry-walnut quinoa. Yum!

What about you? How are you keeping fit this week?

Do or do not. There is no try.

Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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