Current Mission: Lose Weight – Week 7 and PMS

August 9, 2020
PMS sucks during a weight loss journey

And I’ve stalled on losing weight again – thanks PMS. Up down, up down. But that’s the way they say it goes, right?

This may be TMI but it’s the main topic for this week so you’re forewarned…. the week before your period is not fun. Before we go into all that though, let’s do the breakdown.

How Did Week 7 Go on my Weight Loss Journey?

Maybe not my finest moments if I’m honest! I was super tired and cranky all week. I was frustrated that the scale wasn’t moving and equally frustrated that my blood sugar readings were high for no good reason. I’m a type 1 diabetic, if you didn’t know, and while I’ve been dealing with this for 26 years, it’s still really irritating when you can’t figure out the cause of high blood sugars.

Nutrition This Week: 4 out of 7 days

This is the first week I’ve REALLY faltered since embarking on this program. And I’m SO CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE! Ugh. That’s annoying. But, this is all about honesty, so honest I shall be.

I overate on yellows because I mistimed food and was hangry so I’d snack on crackers or something while I was cooking dinner.

My boyfriend ordered fajitas Friday night so I said “Sure, sign me up!” Now, I did try to be somewhat “aware” here. I decided to forgo the tortillas and instead put the meat and veggies on top of a bed of lettuce for a salad. Sounds lovely. Until I dumped the jalapeño ranch dipping sauce on top of it as salad dressing. Every last gooey bit of it. It was delicious, but not very healthy.

I told myself it was okay because I was “having a week.” And while, yes, I was having a week, that kind of thinking can derail your plans faster than an entire chocolate cake.

Fitness: 5 out of 5 days

The one thing I told myself this week, even throughout all my nutrition mistakes, was that I had to show up for the workouts.

Now, let’s be real. Showing up meant pressing play and going through the motions. I was NOT pushing hard and doing my best. I was too tired for all that mess.

But I refused to let both nutrition AND fitness go to hell this week.

PMS and Your Weight Loss Journey:

I’ve been lucky throughout my entire life when it comes to PMS symptoms.

I’ve never had many of the physical symptoms that come with PMS. Bad cramps, headaches, fatigue, bloating…. Until. This. Week.

This week, I had them all (except cramps). Headaches almost every day. I was so tired and low energy, even after sleeping well. I was bloated all freakin’ week. And it was so irritating. 20+ years of no symptoms and then BAM. All at once.

However. While this blog IS meant to be honest and real, it’s not meant to be a pity party.

So, I pulled up my big girl panties and told myself, “Right. It is what it is and this is just your reality for the week. You can wallow or you can suck it up and make some decisions.”

I decided to push play on the workouts every day even when I didn’t feel like it.

I decided to not berate myself when I ate more carbs than usual or had delicious jalapeño ranch dressing on my salad.

Instead, I savored it and I moved on. Tomorrow starts another week – the last week of the program! – and I’m going to do what I can.

We will all have moments when we falter. Maybe even do things we aren’t proud of. But what do we gain from beating ourselves up about it? Nothing. Nothing but shame and guilt anyway, and ain’t nobody got time for that.

I choose to accept with grace where I was at this week, and keep it movin’.

Weekly Grade: 70 out of 100.

Not my finest week as I’ve said. Nutrition could have been better, but it also could have been worse so I’m holding onto that. I pushed play on all the workouts but I could have worked much harder.

But I showed up. Even when I didn’t want to. That’s gotta be worth at least a 70, right?

Results to Date: Down 7 pounds.

Gained one pound from last week so now I’m only down 7 pounds. That’s okay though. I’m hoping it is because I’m bloated and once that goes away, my weight will go back down.

If not, it’s still not the end of the world because I didn’t undo ALL my hard work, just one pound. It definitely could be worse. 🙂

Here’s to better weeks ahead!

P.S – See previous check-ins here.

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