Assessment of the past week:

Well, it was a really hard week work-wise, travel-wise, stress-wise but amazingly not diet-wise.  I’d spent enough weeks getting back on track that a big week of difficulty was able to be dealt with successfully & I feel great about that.

I had decided to suck it up & keep a food journal for the first time in ages (I’ve been resisting doing this) but I did add a twist & for me it was a brilliant one.  In addition to the typical section of food (writing down each thing I eat) I made the facing page about the Pleasures in my day & that worked really well.  From being a drag, pulling out my bright little green notebook became something I was looking forward to, as was thinking back on the various small things I’d done that I had enjoyed during the day.  The podcasts I listened to, the teas I drank, the baths I’d enjoyed.

How did I do on my goals this past week?

1) Keep a simple paper food journal : YES! I did this, it worked great, no stress, and just really helpful.  I had associated it with the travel & so I didn’t do it over the weekend (although I stayed really engaged & on track).  The next few weeks continue to be travel-heavy and so I’ll be repeating this again.

2) Exercise 3 times this week : Done, but not easy. To accomplish this goal I had to wake up early, take a walk instead of a nap when I was really tired & push myself to the gym when I would have loved to sleep in or go to the market, but it worked.

3) Focus on Relaxing again : Done. As mentioned above, I found a great way to marry the tracking of food & tracking of pleasure & it worked great for both items.

And the weigh-in for the week?

– 2!!! I honestly had a challenging enough week that just maintaining was a reasonable goal, but I actually managed to lose 2 pounds!  That new purse is just around the corner.  I knew last week I should have dropped one but the scale showed no change, so this week 2 pounds is really a pound a week for the past 2 weeks, which is what my “faster” pace of weight loss is (I’m a slow loser).

A look at the upcoming week :

This week is another challenging one. Three cities in four days (Berlin, Zurich, Rome) and then back to Paris.  I am basically repeating the successful strategies from last week again.  Again I have the gym shoes with me, and this time I should have time in the hotel for a workout on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Goals for this week :

1) Keep a simple paper food journal :repeating from last week

2) Keep a Relaxing journal : repeating from last week – Keeping a list of the Relaxing/Pleasure activities & experiences I sneak into my day is the best way I know to balance out the “diet mania” mindset that can come to me when I keep a food journal.  I have a small notebook I will use for this tracking, with food on the left and relaxing on the right!  will put this into active focus this week.  As I mentioned last week, I do better with my weight and my overall life stress when I can link Pleasure & Relaxation to the process of losing weight.  I WILL add to my 100+ Things That Make Me Happy list this week too (I’ve promised this a few times without delivering on it – but this week I will)

3) Exercise at least 4 times this week : A stretch, but if I get one session this week at the gym, I can do 3 sessions Friday – Saturday – Sunday.  It’s a bit ambitious – but I want that 189 purse, so I need a little more oomph.

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Spring Focus update :

Reporting is open until Monday midnight, and  I’ll report on group progress on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Because I won’t be home there will be no graphic again this week.

Did you know there are still 3 full weeks left?  That’s enough time to knock off a few pounds – and more importantly enough time to make some good habits stick.  I’m going to get out of the 190s for GOOD, what is your goal?

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