Ah yes, the Shrinking Days of Summer. I remember how I had such great hope when I started this challenge. I still have hope, just not like I had at the beginning. Team Red has pretty much been in the middle of the pack the whole challenge. That isn't a bad thing. It's way better than being at the bottom. It's just that anytime I do something like this, I always believe that I can win. Just like when people have giveaways on their blogs. I always enter thinking I am going to win. Sometimes I actually do, but I always think I'm going to win. Some kind of weird character flaw, I guess. My point is that I don't think Team Red is going to win. It's okay though. We gave it the good hard fight. There is only one week left and short of cutting off a limb, I don't think we can catch up.
I know that I could have done better. This week I lost .5 pounds. A whole whopping half a pound. I thought I did pretty good this week (except for the fried fish last night), but you just never know until you step on that scale.
One thing I have learned this summer is that I do much better when I am at work. In summer, I forget to eat. Really, I do. I have no schedule, therefore I have no eating pattern. The only thing that stays the same is dinnertime. I always eat dinner because I have to cook that for the family. The other meals is pretty much make your own. Everyone is doing different things at different times, so making your own works best. There are days when I am making dinner and I'm thinking "I had two diet cokes and a water today". On another day, it's a Fiber One bar and a cheese stick. Get my drift. When I am working, I usually have a Fiber One bar and yogurt for breakfast while I'm getting ready for work. I pack a Lean Cuisine and a Live Active cheese stick for lunch. I make dinner when I get home. I don't do that now. It pretty much proves the theory that you have to eat to lose weight. I have consistently lost weight this challenge, just not anything major.
I also don't exercise as much as I thought I would this summer. I walk three to five miles five days a week without fail. It's the other stuff that I have to push myself to do. I always think I'll do it later in the day and then I don't. I do it sometimes, but not all the time. Once again, when I'm working, I do it first thing in the morning because I know it is the only real time I have. I can't believe I am going to say this, but I really need to get back to work and it's a month away!
The point is, I've fought the good fight and I'll continue to keep fighting. I know that this isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change. I need to work on my lifestyle being the same year round. I can't have one for summer and one for the school year. Who knows. Maybe if I eat right this week, I can finish with a big loss next week. I'll do my best Team Red. I'm proud of all of us.