The Husband has the camera so I can't post a picture, but I just wanted to report that I have lost 4 pounds since Natalie issued The Challenge.
There is one thing that has made a huge difference. Eating slowly. I now take at least twice as long to eat each meal, even if it is just a cereal bar for breakfast. I used to inhale my food. I do everything at the speed of light. I talk fast, walk fast, clean fast, drive fast, so naturally I ate fast, too! Because I'm slowing down I'm eating less and feeling more satisfied.
I've also cut out the late night snacking except for one night last week. Sometimes, I just go to bed early if I am tempted to eat!
This week, the focus is on strength training. When I stopped going to the gym a few months ago I have really neglected that kind of exercise. Not only will it rev up my metabolism, but I will feel stronger again. And, don't laugh, I'm toying with the idea of training to run a half marathon next year when I turn 40. I'd like to get my brother in on it with me and run it in honor and in memory of my Pop who used to take us running with him when we were younger. Logistics have to be worked out because I have no idea where my brother will be living then (he's in the process of getting his PHD at Michigan Tech and is applying for positions all over the country).
So, that is my update. I'm journaling, too. I write down food, water and exercise so I'm less tempted to eat while I'm preparing meals because then I have to "log it". We'll see how faithful I am with that! My goal is 10 weeks of doing this, then hopefully, the good habits will stick.