Today is weigh in Tuesday, and I'm happy to report that I lost 1.8 pounds so now I'm down to 205.8. I am so excited and nervous, I am so close to the 100s. I will be there by the end of the month I think, which is so exciting! All the more reason to stay on point and just keep doing what I'm doing.
Yesterday I really worked on my February goal of slowing down my eating habits. It's sad and hilarious to me how difficult it is for me to do, which probably means I really need to be serious about it. I have to concentrate like I'm taking the SATs in order to consciously slow down. For lunch I made a really nice entree salad with tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, boiled eggs and prosciutto. I really made an effort to eat the salad as slowly as possible, and it actually look me about 30 minutes! I would take a bite, put the fork down, chew slowly then take a sip of water after I swallowed. Obviously this was pretty beneficial on many levels, I felt insanely full by the time I was done, I got most of my water requirements in by the time lunch was over and I truly enjoyed my salad. When I would get a "perfect" bite on the fork that had a little bit of everything, I really was able to savor and enjoy what each ingredient brought to the table. I actually genuinely enjoy salad, though my diet may not reflect it often.
On to fitness stuff, I am actually shocked/saddened that planks feel difficult for me this time around. I guess it's good that I decided to do them as a goal, because clearly my core and arms need work. But just a month ago I could have done a 30 second plank with no issue, and now I shake like a leaf! Today I have to do 40 seconds and I'm not looking forward to that! I have to admit, my back feels weird when I finish doing planks, which majorly irritates me on every level. At a certain point I can't not do strength exercises, and I'm already irritated that I had to put down weights and lose 2 weeks of fitness due to resting my back. Hopefully it gets better!
Not to get off on a bummer note but today marks a sad anniversary for us. It's been two years since we lost our sweet little dog Natasha, aka Tootie. It feels raw enough still that it's like it happened yesterday, and I still get very sad that she's not with us anymore. If you'd met her you'd totally understand, she was about the sweetest dog you've ever met, but she was also incredibly goofy and funny. I've never laughed as hard in my life the way we did at that crazy dog on a daily basis. I think she lived to make us laugh, especially since we usually gave her treats as a reward after. I was going to find a picture to post when it occurred to me that I have a million videos of her, so I wanted to post one so you could see just how cute she was. Blogger was being a mega jackass about me posting the really cute video from my phone that I wanted to post, so I had to pull this other one from my old Youtube account. It's not as funny, but still pretty cute. She always took being dressed up in stride: