Obviously the 8 week challenge is over. I am happy to report that I haven't fallen back to "my old ways." I still am having only 1 sugar day a week and drinking a minimum of 72 ounces of water a day. As far as my food journaling goes, I'm not just writing down what I eat. I'm now writing down what times I eat or drink. If I reach into the pantry and grab a couple pieces of dried pineapple, I don't just add it to "snacks" I write down how many pieces and at what time I grabbed and ate them. At first it was very annoying. I carried my journal everywhere I went, stopping to pull it out every time before I put something in my mouth. It was kinda crazy pulling it out at Pluckers for every beer that I had. I was eating better and my snacks were healthy choices but I was eating whenever I felt like it. And that's not good. I noticed, yes, my portions at meals were awesome, but mostly because I was allowing myself to graze all day. I have become fully aware of how I eat now. I am making more conscious choices when grocery shopping and making meals for my family. If you are trying to lose weight, I totally suggest in keeping a food journal and learning exactly how you eat. And don't lie. Hold yourself accountable. If you ate 4 starbursts in 5 minutes say so.
I still continue to get my fruits and veggies through juicing. I'll never stop juicing...its amaze balls! I think I shall post more about it and the "recipes" I make for myself and my family.
One of the greatest take aways from the 8 week challenge is the bond I have with the women who took the challenge with me. We kept up with each other through our Face Book group and still pretty much daily, check on each other and how we're doing. A couple of the girls even decided to do a mini 4 week challenge to help them get through the holidays. A great support system in any weight loss or fitness journey is key to succeeding. I am lucky that I have my husband and now this great group of women.
I lost a total of 3.5 pounds, gained some muscles, and lost an inch and a half from all my measurements (waist, hips, thighs and arms). But best of all is gaining 6 new friends who I can laugh and cry with on my get fit journey.