I have been a bit quiet lately. I haven't done as well with my journey as I had hoped, and much of that was my fault. I have been quiet for the same reason that prevented me from doing well. It's not that I was embarrassed or anything of that nature. I was just lazy at doing things. I didn't have a good schedule and plan for the days; my sleep was out of whack, and I wasn't as focused as I should have been.
I learned a very valuable lesson. Scheduling matters.
Today, I do feel like Bon Jovi... Whoooaa I'm half-way there! You may
remember that I started at 217.5 even before I started this blog. Today, I am
177.9. I am over half-way to my goal of 140. I have officially lost more than I
have left to lose. I would say that it gets easier from here, but in some ways,
it gets harder. It's summer, and I love summer fruit. I stopped doing full keto
when I started exercising because of the issues I was having with extreme
fatigue. I can explain more in another post. I do eat some fruit but too much
will stall my weight loss. I have been enjoying very measured amounts of
watermelon. I will be eating peaches, and I have had some strawberries. I just
cannot eat them all on one day or in large quantities. Again, scheduling
What do I mean by scheduling matters?
First, I have a beautiful 18-month-old baby girl. She is a night owl. For
the last year and a half, I thought I had tried everything to make her go to
sleep, to no avail. I was wrong. There was something I had not tried. I just
turned off all the lights and held her. I had to rock a bit, but she went to
sleep. I actually did this by accident! I was trying to get her to sleep in the
bedroom one night. Mr. Got to Eat had to be at work at 5 am and since we have 3
kids and only 3 bedrooms Sassy Pants sleeps in our room (in her crib). Many
nights she would wind up in our bed because I would be too tired once she got
to sleep to actually get up and move her. I got up, and I took her into the
living room so not to disturb him. *Note for all the people saying to
themselves "It's his baby too, let him suffer." I didn't have to be
up at 4 am, and he lets me sleep when I have to be up earlier than him. We are
a team. It was my night to be captain. When I got to the living room I just
left everything off. No lights, no television, nothing. In 10 minutes, she was
asleep. The next night, I told him we should try the same thing. Again in 10
minutes she was asleep. I kept doing it earlier and earlier. It keeps working.
I don't know if it will work forever, and some nights it is 30 minutes and
others it's five. For now, it is our saving grace. I have also begun to get
more than 6 hours of sleep in the last two weeks. Most days more than 8. Two
weeks ago, I was at 4-6. The weight has started dropping more quickly.
Second, I learned that when left to my own devices without food planning, I
make okay decisions, but not great ones. My weight loss slowed. It didn't stop,
but it was significantly slower.
Third, I learned that I am afraid to ask for me time to go run or to work
out in the house. I am the mom. I know that the dad/ stepdad lives here too,
but we all know that in the grand scheme of things, it is always expected the
mom be available. First, I needed to get over that, and I am trying. More
importantly, though, I needed to schedule the time so that everyone would know
when they needed to pitch in more.
That's where the scheduling came in. I designed a schedule that includes
everything. Here's the morning portion!
I have tried to be better about meal planning on Sunday. If you could see
all of Sunday, you would even see a time scheduled for meal planning and prep.
On Mondays, I plan to shop if I can't on Sunday night. I sometimes can't do the
planning, in which case I have been at least planning today for tomorrow and so
on. I never enter a day not knowing. Scheduling matters.
I have also lost faster this week than in the last month combined almost. I
am working out regularly again and eating better foods. Scheduling