We have completed 12 days on the challenge and I am happy to announce that I have lost 12 lbs. When Brooke spoke with me about being a part of the challenge, she told me that she wanted to hear the good, the bad, and everything in between. And once my husband found this out, you better believe, he has been watching my every move and if that move isn’t in the right direction, he will say make sure you tell Skinny Mom about that.

So it’s confession time. After doing so well all week and weighing Saturday morning, I went to the gym, before eating breakfast. After leaving the gym I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some items we needed for the house and stock up on more food for next week. It seems at every corner, there was something that in the past, I might only have liked, but at this point, it seemed like it was my lost long best friend and I was tortured as I walked down the isles to pick up the things on my list. When I got to checkout, I picked up candy (Snickers and Kit-Kats) for the 5 kids. I only get this for them once a week. Well, by this time it is 12:09 PM to be exact and I haven’t eaten anything. Everyone knows that you do not go to the grocery store hungry. Well, I picked up a snickers AND Kit-Kat for myself, all the while thinking you don’t need that and you will be home in a few short minutes to eat some of your healthy foods. Well, I didn’t listen to myself and I ate the candy.  I ate a healthy snack a few hours later. However, dinner was not on plan. I ate beef and pineapple (not so bad, but here’s the bad part) pizza. One of the things I like about this meal plan is if you mess up and eat something you shouldn’t have, there is a quick way to fix it and get back on track.  It has been more painful telling you guys that I ate this stuff than the enjoyment I received out of eating it. Bottom Line: it wasn’t worth it and I don’t want the torture of telling you about it again!

If this happens to you, don’t beat yourself up too long. And don’t allow it to completely derail what you have already accomplished. Get back up and keep going. Brooke said we are to follow the plan 80-85% of the time we will be successful. I want to shoot for more than that. 90-100%, but we are human and not perfect. Just remember to keep healthy snacks with you at all times. Overall, I have done great with the meal plan, the meal plan isn’t hard to stick to, but we have to admit that we still have issues with foods and that needs to be dealt with. I am much better than were I used to be. Going from eating two donuts and two kolaches with, don’t laugh: a diet dr. pepper, every morning at breakfast to not having them at all since I’ve been on the challenge. I count that a success and I will continue to get better and better.  Until next time, be good to yourself and each other.