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cardboard box diet - week one

today i'm going to talk about my jiggly parts. if that sort of thing isn't really your cup of tea, then feel free to go on about your day. i promise - no hard feelings. but if you'd like to hear about them, along with my thoughts on my body and my health, then i invite you to stick around.

plus i'm posting pictures of yummy food. what's not to like about that?

if i am going to be honest, i think i have a pretty positive self image. i'm not all high and mighty - i definitely have some places that need improvement (hence the jiggly parts) but i'm not sitting around, moaning and crying about being fat or anything.

not all the time anyways. i have my moments. i'm not 100% secure in my bathing suit. i look at other women and wonder why i don't have a flat stomach and a toned booty.

and then i go on munching on potato chips and drinking a dr. pepper.

i dress in ways that i know flatters my good parts and hides my bad parts. and i get that most likely, i will never be as fit and toned as all the women i see on pinterest. and i'm okay with that. all the stuff i am about to tell you isn't about me gaining the perfect body or being the envy of all.

it is about health. my health. my husband's health. these are the things that are important to me.

i come from a long line of women with heart disease and men with diabetes. my maternal grandmother suffered from several heart attacks. my mom, maternal grandfather, and half-uncle all dropped dead in an instant from a fatal heart attack. my father and maternal grandfather both have some form of diabetes. high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high stress... all of these things have plagued my family for years.

you would think this would be enough motivation to get with the program, eat healthy and take better care of my body, right? not so much.

enter lauren from texas (better known probably as LfT ;]). i have been following her blog for a while - she is quite funny, stylish, and beautiful to boot. not someone you would consider to be worrying about her body. but she wrote a post about a cardboard box of clothes she has. and it put my lifestyle in a new perspective. i decided what the heck - i will give this idea a try.

you can join in with us by using the hashtag #cbdiet on instagram or twitter. we are using myfitnesspal to track calories (available for android and iphone). plus, lauren is hosting a weekly linky to share our recaps.

WEEK ONE

weigh in:
starting weight 171.5
weight july 5: 168
HOLY CRAP I LOST 3.5 POUNDS!!! I was NOT expecting that!!

exercise completed
walked 4 miles (burned 381 calories)
cleaned for an hour (burned 194 calories)
90 minutes of yardwork (burned 294 calories)

splurge/guilty pleasure
beer. it was july 4th! so that is what my splurge was - i had a few beers. and i didn't track them. :]

success stories

1. learning that i like fruit. i just have to add fruit to my food and not eat it alone. strawberries - yuck! strawberries on toast with nutella? gimme. blueberries - yuck! blueberries on my yogurt and granola for breakfast? nom. this is a breakthrough for me!

cardboard box diet
1 slice wonder whole grain white wheat (toasted)
+ 1 tsp nutella
+ sliced strawberry
272 calories of creamy, yummy snack after a walk

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1 container of plain oikos greek fat free yogurt
+ 1/2 cup food club natural granola cereal
+ 1 tbsp thrifty bee natural honey
+ 1/3 cup blueberries
398 calorie filling, fruity, delicious breakfast

2. learning that tracking what i eat is good for me! tracking helps me plan. i started tracking as i went but i figured out quickly that if i plan my meals for the day and track them first thing in the morning, i know exactly (roughly - i don't think you can ever know exactly) how many calories i'm planning on consuming. it was like a light bulb went off! :) also - i'm WAY less likely to splurge if i know i have to record it and fess up to you folks. :)

cardboard box diet
first day of tracking

3. having my husband on board! (more on that in a second though)

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walking with the hubs and dogs

photos

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salad from quiznos - see above for calorie count

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it felt goooood to walk. hopefully i will build up to running again too. but just to sweat and get my muscles moving felt amazing.

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homemade salad! romaine, mushrooms, carrots, celery, cucumber, tortilla strips, hot sauce, southwestern chicken and walden farms creamy bacon. (all for 208 calories)

about the hubs

i can't believe that my husband is ALSO on board with me for this. he doesn't exactly know about the cardboard box diet (although, now he most likely has been clued in. hi honey!). anyways - he signed up for his first half marathon in december. so he has started training for that (he even has this fancy watch/heart monitor/gps thingy) and i could not be MORE proud of him.

he even put myfitnesspal on his phone and has been tracking his calories! can i get a woot woot for my hubby??? ;}

so not only do i have the support of the internets but i also have some on the homefront as well. i'm stoked to be doing this with YOU GUYS and with HIM.

here is to a successful week two!

29 comments:

  1. Good for you Skye! Great job during the first week (especially since it includes a holiday!!!)

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    1. Thanks Maury!! I was stoked to see those results after two days of holiday eating and drinking - makes me excited to see what a week of total dedication will do for me! xoxo

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  2. Your blueberry granola breakfast looks yummy. Yay for getting your hubby on board to participate with you! My husband is good about going on walks with me and the dogs (and is often the motivation for getting up and taking them on an extra walk). Have a great week :)

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    1. That is YUMMY!!! I have always been a fan of granola and yogurt but adding the fruit kicked it up a notch.

      The hubs and I are so/so about motivating each other but now that he is training himself it is a little easier. He even got up and ran BY HIMSELF one morning which is almost unheard of! Thanks for the support!! xoxo

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  3. You go girl! Welcome to the fruit-liking club. (I might be in the fruit-loving club, but that's beside the point.) it's awesome that your husband will do this with you!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I've always been insanely jealous of people who just enjoy fruit! I could never bring myself to like it (aside from the occasional banana) so I'm glad to have found a way to get some fresh fruit in my diet! I'm on my way to the fruit-loving club... where do I officially sign up for that?

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  4. having the husband on-board - priceless! thanks for sharing your journey!

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    1. Yes - having him to do things with me makes it way more fun and doable!! Thanks for stopping by girl!

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  5. Your southwestern chicken salad looks great!! I wish I could get the hubs in board, I'm going to work on him ;) Have a great week!!

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    1. Salsa as dressing is one of my secrets. Especially combined with a little bit of avocado and light sour cream - tangy, spicy and creamy all rolled in to one!! Keep working on your hubs!! xoxo

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  6. Rock it girl! You're so lucky to have such a wonderful support system-- that's so important!

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    1. Thanks Chelsea!! I am so very lucky - and plus I have all you wonderful ladies on the interwebs to keep me going too! xoxo

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  7. Good for you! Popped over from Lauren's :) I don't track calories right now, but MFP was a huge help in that last winter. I mostly use it for logging weight/inches lost because that way they keep it graphed somewhere so I don't lose it and can actually see progress in that arena. But actually SEEING where my calories were going on a daily basis? Wake up call!

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    1. Thanks Amanda!! Tracking calories has been a wake up call for me as well - I am really bad about grossly underestimating how many calories are in something so it is nice to have something more accurate to go by! Thanks for popping over and good luck!

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  8. So proud of you, honey! Keep it up. It's the journey that's important, even though fitting into your clothes tastes way better than food!!!

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    1. Thank you ALINA!! I'm excited to be on it and so pumped that Chris is actually doing it with me! He groans at Jared every time he rolls out of bed to run but I know eventually he will be happy he is doing it! Love you!

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  9. First, I'm so glad you've joined us! Secondly, I love all your photos! Looking forward to your future posts!

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm glad be along for the ride! :)

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  10. Great job!! And even better job getting the hubby to join you, I asked mine if he'd join me, and he pretty much fell over laughing!

    I'm over from Lauren's, and I'm loving that I'm finding other fabulous bloggers through this! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks lady!! I am still in shock that the hubs is down with tracking his calories but I'm just gonna go with it for now!

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  11. Having someone close to you (especially someone who lives with you!) joining you with healthy living is SO beneficial. It gives you the support you need, while also keeping you in line!

    I can't wait to join along with your progress. I never, ever thought of putting strawberries on toast but now that idea sounds DIVINE! Must try it. :)

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    1. The strawberry + nutella combination is aaahhhmazing and I'm really sad I haven't tried it before now! It is one of my new favorite snacks!!

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  12. YAY! I was looking for some encouragement to get back on track and this is just what I need! I just downloaded MFP and I'm starting today!

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    1. YAY! :) I'm excited for you!! You have such a great self-discipline and I'm glad you will be doing it along with us. I will have to figure out how to add you on there! :)

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  13. Way to go! :o)

    I don't like blueberries either so I'm going to have to try your blueberry yogurt mix sometime.

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  14. Sweet! Good for you, lady! I really need to get back on track and get rid of all my postbaby junk, so this will be awesome motivation!

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    1. Even though you do look great, (scout's honor!) I want you to FEEL good too! I'm so excited you are joining us! :) xoxo

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  15. Oh I love this post! My Fitness Pal is my BFF. I love her so.

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