First of all, thanks for all of the comments and encouragement last week! I appreciated it very much! And lots of great ideas for post-workout snacks, too. My workout week was pretty light last week, so not a lot of opportunity to try them out, but this coming week will be different.
"Shrink for Good" update: Sad to say, I'm up 3 pounds from last Wednesday...at least it's not back up 5.6 pounds to my starting weight (or more!), but it still makes a sad picture.
Thank goodness this was a 7 week challenge, not a one week challenge. I want to get those cans back on the stack, and add to them!
Weekends are a real challenge for me, and this past one was no exception. I don't *feel* the struggle per se, I just go with the feeding flow...but then, I feel it later.
Interestingly enough, the challenge was not the art festival we went to. (It was more the grilled meats at home.) Lots of walking around in the redwoods, enjoying the fresh air and movement and beautiful arts & crafts. Part of our fair-going involved selling cookies; it's one of our school's big fundraisers. I took Things 1 and 2 around with a cookie wagon, and Mr. Handsome-and-Handy worked at the booth. Rich irony indeed, a person with type 2 diabetes pushing cookies as big as my head to fair-goers...but it was all in the name of education. Of course, no one said I had to *eat* any of the cookies, but I did eat some parts of my kids' and husband's cookies. I usually prefer chocolate chip, but the peanut butter ones were superb.
See? They really were as big as my head. (My shirt reads, "Come to the dark side, we have cookies... -V" I thought it was an appropriate for the occasion.)
Must say I'm loving the school scene! I helped with library inventory for about an hour yesterday and this morning. Some of the titles cracked us up.
"...Three Days to Perfect..." said the guy who was helping, reading the title off the card catalog card.
"Wow, only three days? Took me at least five..." I remarked.
Progress last week
7-day blood glucose average: 110 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 107 (met goal of less than 120)
Weight goal: +3 on the week-to-week, -2.6 since the start of the challenge.
- Got in 3 meatless meals but no fish meals.
- Getting there with fiber; at least 4/7 days were over 30.
Exercise goals: Hmmm...while I met my goal of doing at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week, I only got in one strength workout and one swim (no bike or run).
- Wednesday: 60 minutes - BodyPump class.
- Thursday: 30 minutes swim
- Friday: 60 minutes yoga
- Saturday: Nothing
- Sunday: Walked for hours up & down hills at the fair.
- Monday: Nothing
- Tuesday: 30 minute walk at lunchtime.
Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.
- Keep tracking.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)
Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week. My workout schedule is going to be a bit wonky this week--with school and family events going on--but I'm hoping to get in at least 1 BodyPump, 1 run, and 1 spin class before next Wednesday. (Yeay, I got in one 30-minute run this morning...I popped awake at 5:15 a.m. and decided to...run?!? Usually that sentence ends, "...roll over and go back to sleep." I know, I'm wondering what they put in those dry-roasted wasabi edamame beans I had for lunch yesterday, too! Found them at Whole Foods, they are really tasty!)
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.