When I was a child, I use to love to read the book, The Little Engine that Could. The story is about a long train that must be pulled over a high mountain. Larger engines are asked to pull the train but for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: “I-think-I-can”. Every time I would get into a situation as a child where I didn’t feel I could be successful, I would repeat this motto over and over again.
This journey of weight loss is one of mind over matter. If I tell myself that I can, then I will. But if I consistently tell myself that I can’t, then I won’t. It seems pretty simple, right? This last week I have been trying to adopt a new mindset. Instead of telling myself that I can’t or won’t accomplish my goals, I am trying to remember to adopt the motto that I-think-I-can.
I have made baby steps this week in the right direction. I decided to stop trying to use the Weight Watcher’s program online. I was two weeks into this and still not logging food. However, a few of my friends are using MyFitnessPal to record their eating and exercise, so I’ve jumped on board there. I’ve logged my food for at least 4 days this week. I also made a new recipe which my family willingly ate, and also found a new snack that I love.
The recipe that I made is called Crock Pot Beer Chicken. I found this recipe while surfing Pinterest late one night. It is just 143 Calories per serving. It was good, although I think I would play with the seasoning a bit next time. I’ve never cooked with beer before. I don’t even drink beer. It was definitely a different taste. I served this with brown rice and asparagus.
My new favorite snack this week is Trader Joe’s Rice & Bean Chips. Yes, they are made with beans. They are amazing, especially with guacamole. I don’t think I’ll ever eat any other kind of chip ever again. There are 7 grams of fat per serving, but just 150 calories. Beware, they are addicting!
Overall, I am pleased with the baby steps I’ve taken this week. I know that this journey is truly mind over matter, and that I must rely on God for the strength to continue.
My weigh in is on Saturday. I took a peek at the scale tonight and it wasn’t good. Hopefully things will come down by then. If you are using MyFitnessPal, you can find me there with the user name of “BarbieSwihart”.
Until next week friends. Remember, you can do this!