Week 2 Weight Loss Journey
This week 2 weight loss journey is definitely not what you are expecting. You will want to read to the end of the unexpected turn this week took. There’s quite a bit to tell you in just one week. So, this week I lost 2.8 pounds. I still don’t feel much difference in my clothes. I’d love to save money being able to fit into some of my old clothes. Before I go further, if you have any questions or you would like to know more about certain health and wellness subjects, please let me know in the comments.
My Pitbull and I are still walking a mile and a half everyday and she says she couldn’t be happier (ha-ha). She wants to update you that she is doing it to add spice to her life, not for weight loss. (The more you visit here, the more you will find out how silly I am). Also…, something happened that caused my husband to buy the following: Pepper spray, a headlamp (it lights up the whole city), and this ear-piercing alarm thing to alert others that something is happening.
Week 2 Weight Loss Journey
What I ate this week
I don’t have a play by play for what I ate this week. Honestly, I have weeks where I can eat the same this every-single-day. Then, other weeks where I want to eat the weirdest combination of foods (I won’t gross you out). Also, some weeks where I suddenly turn into a chef and what to make fancy meals and don’t want to have the same me twice. Am I moody, or just a Gemini? Who knows… Anyway, if I didn’t mention it last week, I have been using the app “Cronometer”. I have the settings set to an 80/10/10 High Carb Low Fat diet however I don’t worry about my protein being higher than the other two.
Week 2 Weight Loss Journey
Food and Cravings
My biggest focus is having very low fat. If I do have fat, I will have my famous guacamole recipe. I listen to my body and if I have a fat craving, I will eat a packet of 100 calorie almonds. Mostly I’ve had potatoes with a little BBQ sauce (2oz), oatmeal with shredded carrots and/or peanut powder from Trader Joe’s, and bananas, always bananas with oatmeal. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with salad, but holy moly don’t mess with my guacamole because to find a dressing is like finding the perfect prom dress. Wedding dress? Little black dress? You get the point. Anyway, back to the salad… it’s feeling neglected.
I have 3 go-to combos that I switch between. First is the romaine, shredded carrots, and shredded red cabbage mix, second, the romaine mix I just talked about mixed with baby kale/baby spinach mix, and finally the perfect like salad which is the 50/50 mix (spring mix and spinach). I will take pics and leave them at the bottom. So the 3 things I focus on the most is not eating fat, secondly is eating fruits, veggies (mostly the ones that are in the steamable bags that you throw in the microwave (ok don’t throw… that’s aggressive), and potatoes, beans, and rice/quinoa/brown rice. Those were the first two, and the third is making sure I don’t eat less than 1200 calories.
Week 2 Weight Loss Journey
There isn’t really much to put here because really, I love all forms of exercise for the most part. I just realized how moody I am with exercising too (ha-ha). Oh wait…, they call it being intuitive. I’m not moody guys, I’m intuitive (he-he). Ok, so this week we went on a little hiking/trail walk with my sister which made me feel like “what pandemic” because it was beautiful, wide-open spaces. I’ll include some pics below.
My doggie and I went on a 1.5-mile walk I think 3 days this week. I did yoga one day and rested one day. I try not to take more than 2 rest days. We have a pool, so a consistent 30 minutes of doggy paddling is considered cardio for me. I doggy paddle to teach the dogs (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). As far as the morning 5 am-5:30 am walks my Pitbull expects me to stay on schedule so when we don’t go, she cries and whines and makes me pay for it for the rest of the day.
Ok look, I know this is going to sound super dramatic. Being dramatic is just such fun sometimes you know? Like when I get a papercut and start pretend crying to my husband that I think I cut my finger off. But when I really did cut my finger with a knife when cutting veggies I looked at him like a deer in headlights and just kept saying, “I’m ok”, I’m ok, “I’m ok”, as he ran over saying “omg” (apparently I was really bleeding). Ok enough with the distractions. Let me tell you what happened…
Let me start off by saying that this man could have been the sweetest man on the planet. On the other hand, he may have been the meanest man on the planet. That’s the thing though… we walk by people every day and we smile and are polite, but we don’t really know them. Everyone has their own comfort zones and safe zones, and well… universal no-brainers. This man did absolutely nothing wrong. I just wanted to start by saying that before I continue.
We Almost Quit
I was walking with my pup and as we’re walking all I see is this single headlight coming towards me. It looked way too tall to be a person, so I started to slow down. As it got closer, I realized it was a taller person walking towards me. Because of the way the sidewalk is made he probably was on a part that was a little higher. I slowed to a stop because I couldn’t see anything but the light no matter how much I looked around the light.
Having my pitbull dog should have been enough to make me feel safe right? Shouldn’t I have felt safe, enough? Then the light comes to a stop, and for some reason, I thought “could this be a cop?”. Until he said, “Which way do you want to go, left or right?” I said, “left” as I pointed to my left. My dog doesn’t do well with other dogs or strangers when I feel threatened or frightened by any stranger.
We squeezed all the way to the left. We walked slowly, and I noticed a few things. The man was very tall, and I still couldn’t see his face. He actually had 2 dogs with him that I didn’t see or hear the entire time. My dog didn’t see the dogs or notice them, and I know this because she didn’t react. This was alarming to me and really surprised me. I mean, don’t dogs have like night vision or something? (ha-ha), or like a super scent?
Getting to the Root of the Problem
As you can see the man did nothing wrong and after getting a glimpse of his dogs, I can tell you that I would have been really scared of his dogs. The problem is that I couldn’t see his face, and this made me feel vulnerable. I felt like I didn’t have some kind of control over my safety. My dog made me feel safe but if she couldn’t see and didn’t see the other dogs, then how could she protect me. I wondered if she was scared walking in the dark but looked to me as her safety guardian. Then I realized we were both kinda screwed.
I went home and told my husband. I felt really silly, and I told him exactly how I felt and the exact situation. He just said you know, the supportive husband thing, “I’m so sorry that happened honey”. When did my husband decide to get me a headlamp, pepper spray, and an ear-piercing alarm? Probably after he came walking into the bathroom like he’s done for years, and I jumped so high I think I said hello to Jesus. It was one of those things like I’m not asking, I’m telling you I’m getting you these things.
I have been an independent woman since day 1 and feel every woman should feel empowered to be independent. I mean Beyonce is the perfect example. That woman is married, and she can definitely hold her own. It’s my perception that men don’t stay home because of fear, and I don’t think they think twice about going out alone. I think that is great. I refuse to wait for my husband or my son to have room in their schedules to go with me on a walk. You know what? Screw that! I’m done. Walking makes me happy. I don’t love bees and at that time of day, there are no bees ruining my day. The bees live, they let me live, it’s a great thing. I believe women should do whatever they need to do in order to help them feel safe.
Since wearing all my gear my dog has gained confidence and I can tell she likes that she can see everything. We both walk faster because we are more aware of our surroundings. So, this man was not the reason I felt like I probably needed to stop walking alone. It was my fear. So, I took control of my fear. Does this mean nothing will ever happen? No. Things happen in the day with full light that makes us question humanity. So, I have used this as a learning experience. I know my husband is so proud of me, and not just because he tells me all the time (yes, I’m smiling), and I couldn’t appreciate his support more.
Women Can Do All Things
But my son is being raised in an environment where he is seeing that women should be able to do what men do (whatever they want to do). He is witnessing an independent, strong, woman, who yes, has a husband and doesn’t have to give up who she is. I’m teaching him that I faced my fears, and not to allow life to dictate my choices. There is a difference however between being reckless and unsafe, and just learning to protect yourself. Sometimes its best to just stay out of the lions’ den. Sometimes you just need to look silly if it makes you feel better. Fyi, I have my pepper spray right by my top along with my alarm in plain sight. I have this and I WILL use it if you touch my body without permission or attempt to attack me.
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Sending you love, light, peace, and prayer. Remember that life is like a buffet, take what serves you, and leave what may harm you, behind…