I can not believe it has been three weeks since my last post! Things have been more chaotic than usual around here with school starting and me teaching three different classes–Math 7 (seventh graders), Algebra II (tenth and eleventh graders), and Pre-AP Algebra II (tenth and eleventh graders). Even though I taught Pre-Algebra last year, I did not experience the first week of school as a teacher because I was hired in mid-October to fill an unexpected vacancy. I have not decorated a classroom, planned the start of a school year, or endured that grueling first week since before I had children. It is a completely different experience as a mom! I forgot to take first day of school photos of my children before we left the house. I almost forgot to take photos entirely! I snapped a couple of all of them together in my classroom just before we left to walk the little girls to their classroom.
I have been wanting to share a little about my weight loss journey, but I haven’t had time to blog. (This post has taken me three days to put together!) I lost 1.6 pounds before August started, but my goal remains to lose five pounds this month. With the stress and busyness of school starting, I haven’t lost much since the first week of August when I dropped another 1.6 pounds. Since August 8th, I have only lost 0.8 pounds. I’m just happy I haven’t gained anything because I have definitely been stress eating. As of August 22nd, I have lost an even four pounds, but I’m only down 2.4 pounds for August. I need to lose 2.6 pounds by the end of August to meet my goal. I’m determined to do it.
It has been difficult to find time for working out and taking enough steps. I have not taken the time to enter my food in my calorie counter, so I have just been guesstimating until yesterday and today when I decided I have to take time to track everything I eat. I have only started back with push-ups and crunches this week too. I’m struggling to fit it all in my day, and I’m working on things for school until almost midnight half the time, which makes it hard to wake up and work out in the mornings. Excuses, I know, but I want to be honest and let you know I don’t have it all together–not even close. Please let me know if you are struggling too, so we can encourage one another.
I love Snickers. I think they are the perfect combination of chewy, crunchy, gooey, chocolate-y deliciousness. I can’t buy the minis because I will eat too many, but the fun size bar is enough to satisfy my craving and only contains 80 calories. I bought a large bag of these yesterday and put them in the refrigerator because I like them cold and to keep them from being a constant temptation. I lowered my daily calorie goal and told myself that I could have one fun-sized Snickers each evening if, and only if, I have enough calories left. I ate one yesterday evening and another one tonight. I’m hoping to continue my reward streak and eat one every night. I have found that I won’t give in to cravings throughout the day if I have a Snickers to look forward to at the end of the day. What motivates you?