Thursday 8 August 2013

Announcing the Sugar Free Cookbook Winner! #1wksugarfree

You might be wondering who has won the "Sweet and Sugar Free" dessert cookbook by  Karen E. Barkie. Well, it's time to announce the winner of the cookbook!

The winner of the cookbook is:

Marissa Ames!

Congratulations, Missy! Please e-mail me (or Facebook message me) your mailing address so I can get the book sent to you.

And thank you to everyone who joined in with the challenge! You helped keep me going, and I am STILL living sugar-free (and bread free) even though it's been three whole weeks!

And yes, I do realize that I am late in announcing this as I stated in the post about this prize that I would be announcing the winner on July 27th. I simply forgot. Better late than never, right? Forgive me?

Did I mention that, in the first two weeks of living sugar free, I dropped 14 lbs? I haven't weighed this week, but I know I have dropped more inches during this third week too.

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Scale vs Measuring

 I am still following my sugar-free and low carb lifestyle. It was getting me terrific results, so I decided to continue on with it. For the past four days, my weight has remained the same, I think. I say "I think," because my scale is fluctuating wildly and it is hard to tell if I have stayed the same, gained a half pound or lost two pounds. My scale doesn't usually fluctuate at all, so I probably need to buy it some new batteries.

Knowing this, I decided to take my measurements again. While the smallest part of my waist has stayed the same, I have lost another 1 1/2 inches off the rounded part of my belly and hips. That's enough to keep me happy with my efforts.

Sometimes, our weight won't budge and we can get depressed as we look at that scale and see a number we don't want to see. It's important not to let it get you down. Look for other results from your efforts to keep your spirits up. There are so many ways to measure success, from your weight on the scale, to your measurements, to the way you clothes fit, to the amount of increased energy you are experiencing and more.

Once my children got off school, I found it hard to fit in my weight training. I still managed to work in all of my cardio, but finding time for my weight training was difficult. I finally decided to demand the time to do my strength training yesterday, and today, I have that delightful ache in the muscles of my arms that tells me I gave them a good workout. It's the little things that make me happy.