Michaela Week 3: Becoming a Better Version of Myself

Weekly Update: Yeah me!

Weekly Weight Loss: 2.5 lbs

Inches Lost:  Chest:  2”;  Waist:  ¼” ; Hips: 0;  Arms: 0; Thighs- 1 ½”

My biggest challenge this week? Muffling the quitter’s voice in my head. Thursday morning the voice won. I didn’t go work out but chose to sleep in instead. The funny thing is that I thought by sleeping in I’d feel more rested but instead I felt worse — all day. Friday I beat the voice, went to spin class and had more energy and felt more lively all day long.

TIP #1: The quitter’s voice in your head is not your friend. It will try to trick you into thinking that it will feel better to not move your body then moving it. Sleep in your workout clothes if you have to in order to be ready to rock ‘n roll as soon as the alarm clock goes off.

Man, this body transformation stuff is hard work. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a lifestyle change, not just a “until-I-reach-my-goal” change. For some reason I was obsessed with food this week. I think it’s because I upped my exercise plan which means I’m burning more calories. It just seemed that those Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies were screaming my name and the cubes of smoked Gouda cheese were taunting me; even my stash of sugar-free bubble gum didn’t satisfy me like it normally does. A group of us gals at work were doing a silly little game during lunch with one of gals asking: “If you could do anything and get away with it, what would you do?” The only thing I could think of was: I’d eat a mushroom, black olive, pepperoni, and extra cheese pizza every day for lunch. Yea, food was definitely on my mind.

There were several things that saved me from downing a box of cookies or a pound of cheese.

Tub of veggies prepared on Sunday (left). 4 cups of veggies, 3 Ideal Protein packs, and 5 OZ of lean protein is my daily intake.

• Every Sunday I prepare a big tub of veggies for the week. I leave out veggies that tend to soften, like tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, etc. and add those separately depending on the dish I’m making. This way as I preparing meals during the week I don’t have to take time to dice and slice; I just grab the measuring cup and I’m ready to sauté, steam, or make a salad. It’s in that prep time when I’m really hungry that if I’m not careful I’ll cheat my way back to fatness. The former me would eat a meal while I was preparing a meal (and I wonder how I got so fat!).

• Mineral water. When the Thin Mint cookies (BTW: there’s nothing thin about them) are screaming at their loudest I pour myself a glass of flavored mineral water (my brand is La Croix), squeeze some fresh lemon in it and drink up. The carbonation fills me up and satisfies me. La Croix comes in single cans and sometimes it takes several cans to satisfy me, but at least I’m getting my water intake while the cookie voices subside.

• I’ve saved a pair of pants (the ones in Week 2 post) and whenever the food thoughts get to loud I pull out those pants to remind myself how far I’ve come AND how far I still have to go. Being able to see, touch (and at times try on) my past is a good reminder of what I want my future to look like.

I’m hoping this week’s obsession with food is just a passing phase. Physically, I’m starting to feel stronger and my workouts are giving me a sense of body confidence I haven’t felt for a long time.

Inspirational quote: “Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.” —Elie Weisel

About MichaelaB

I am a 'young' 56 yr. old adventurer in life. I am a single Christian woman living in Los Angeles County dedicated to working to strengthen the voice of those who have been marginalized by society. I have an artist's heart and eyes and enjoy making art around me. I have roots on both the East and West Coasts which fill my year with travel and seasonal changes.The Bible provides my direction in life and is at the core of my year of physical transformation.

6 Responses to Michaela Week 3: Becoming a Better Version of Myself

  1. Geri Brehm says:

    You Go Girl! It takes courage and self-discipline to do what you are doing with both diet and exercise. With the Lord at your side, you can do it! I am proud of your success. Know you are loved! Geri

  2. pam says:

    Sounds like you’re on the winning track this week, even though it’s been a tough one. Keep up the good work! I like the cutting up your weekly vegetables tip. Hugs! pv. :)

  3. Brenda Hughes says:

    Great tips and encouragement you provide for those who join you in becoming a better version of ourselves. Love, Aunt Brenda

  4. Karen Heldrich says:

    So impressed! Keep it going. You got this.

  5. michaela says:

    Thank you all for your words of encouragement! I’m almost half way to goal. Couldn’t have done it without ‘my girls!’ Love ya!

  6. catherine H says:

    Hi Michaela! Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement….back at you girl!! You are doing an amazing job!! I so hear you about “food on the brain” Ugh…..I have to admit I am DYING for a nice big piece of cake with thick icing on it! but I keep on telling my self how physically miserable it is going to make me feel if I eat it. Another thing I have been craving is cold noodle with sesame sauce YIKES….I have been having MAJOR carb/gluten cravings. I guess they never really go away. I just have to take it one moment at a time!! We both live in the Los Angeles area….we should get together sometime!!!