Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Project 10 Week 3

I can't believe that a week has gone by and it's time for another Project 10 post. Wow, time flies.

Unfortunately I have not had a good week again. I go days without even remembering that i'm supposed to be focusing on getting healthy and fit. However, even without thinking about it I've done some positive things. Things like:

-Drinking water. We've had some really hot days, so I've been drinking more water than usual, which takes care of that goal.

-Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. There are so many delicious things in season which means a lot of sales on fresh produce. We have a great local market that I go to at least once a week to stock up, and I let Stephanie help pick out the fruit for the week. (As for fresh veggies, she really only likes cucumbers and grape tomatoes. I bought a big bag of carrot sticks, and I have her eat one a day. I'm hoping she'll eventually develop a taste for them.)

-Walking. Every day that it hasn't rained I've gone out for a walk with the kids, which gives me energy. And pushing the double stroller is definitely a work-out.

Things I haven't been doing so well with:

-Eating less junk. There has been a lot of pizza, ice-cream, brownies and cupcakes this week.

-Snacking less. I still can't seem to curb the urge to snack in the afternoon and in the evening.

-Snacking healthier. I have bought fresh fruit and veggies, but I just don't seem to go to them when I want to snack.

-Keeping my food journal. I seemed to have completely lost the motivation to do this, but I think that's ok. The week that I did keep the journal helped make me more aware and conscious of the food I'm putting in my body. (It hasn't yet altered any of my food choices, but at least I'm acknowledging that I'm shoveling in junk food as i'm doing it...)

Based on these things, I've decided to try something different this week. Instead of setting specific goals, i'm going to give myself rewards for the things that I do right.

As a broad, project-wide reward, I've decided that I am not allowed to buy any new clothes for myself until I've dropped the 10 pounds that I've pledged to lose. I LOVE to shop, so this will hopefully be a big motivator for me. Once I reach my goal weight, I will treat myself to a new outfit.

For a short term reward this week, i'm using wine as a motivator. I love to relax with a glass at the end of the night, when the house is quiet. So, if I stick to my snacking "rules" during the day, I can reward myself with that small glass of wine. (The rules being, if I choose to snack, I make myself one wholesome, healthy snack, and that's it. No going back to the kitchen 5 more times for something else to eat.) If I have gone overboard on the snacks, or chosen things that are clearly unhealthy (like a giant brownie. Or a donut.) then I don't get to have wine that night. 

I'll start with this, and see how it goes. I'm also going to continue making sure I have at least one serving of fruit and vegetables with every meal. Lately we've been devouring raspberries and blueberries for breakfast, red grapes and carrot sticks at lunch, and frozen veggies at dinner. I'm going to stock up on all of those tomorrow at the store, along with cucumber, avocados, bananas and watermelon.

Here's to a healthy week for all of us! Next week, along with reporting my progress, I'd like to create a lunch menu for myself. I'd love to hear some of your ideas for healthy lunches so that I can use them to help create my menu!

And as usual, if you'd like to link-up with Project 10 you can do so below, and check out some of the other amazing women who are on this journey with me. Thanks to Stephanie at Stephanie's Mommy Brain for putting this project together!


  1. Good for you with making some changes! Pushing a single stroller is a work-out so I KNOW the double is DOUBLE the work -out! :)

    I know what you mean about the afternoon snacking. I have that issue too! My husband always comes home and grabs a snack, and it makes me want something too! It's tough but I try to hear my grandmother's voice saying "You'll spoil your supper!!" LOL

  2. I've loving all the fresh fruits and veggies in season right now. I'm also trying to eat more veggies and less grains. Tonight wasn't great but at least I added red bell pepper to my bean and cheese quesadilla. :D Don't give up and you'll be buying that new out fit in no time!

  3. I love how you're rewarding yourself for positive changes. I think it's important to celebrate our victories no matter how small they may seem. Plus I know, from experience, getting down on yourself for the 'negatives' make it hard to stay motivated. For lunch lately I've been living salad with baby spinach, grilled chicken, avocado and whatever other veggie sounds good. I've also been eating a ton of Greek yogurt with fruit and apples with peanut butter.

  4. Yea for pushing a stroller! That seems to be my only form of exercise these days as well. Wouldn't it be nice if fruits and veggies were this fresh all year?! I eat a salad nearly everyday for lunch. Romaine lettuce, a slice of cheese, a slice of chicken or turkey, tomatoes, cucumber, a handful of croutons and dressing.

  5. Yay for wine as a motivator!!! I've been into thr local produce too, it's soooo good, and easy to throw together with lean meat on the grill.


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