Clearly I suck at updating again this week. Lol.
I was thinking about this the other day, and in addition to being a bit busier right now, I think part of the reason I’m writing less is because things got easier after the initial 10 days or so of this. After the sugar withdrawal and the whole getting used to doing things a different way, I’ve run into far fewer struggles recently.
How nice though, I can share all kinds of accomplishments with you! 🙂
This is the final week of the lifestyle group, and I’m so thankful I signed up to do this and have stuck to it. I’m seeing and feeling SO MANY positive changes, and I never would have if I hadn’t mustered up the motivation to make a change. They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit, and I’ve breached the 21 day mark when it comes to dissolving my unhealthy relationship with food. Now, that’s certainly not to say I’m done working at it. I’m not, not by a long shot. I have a LONG way to go down my road. But you know what? I’ll get there. And the journey along the way is going to be worth it.
Tonight I went out for dinner with friends and had my “refuel” meal. (P.S. – I love that Dani refers to them as refuel meals versus cheat meals. Just that simple wording change morphed the way I look at the meal itself. It’s not a time to gorge oneself, it’s a time to make a small deviation from the norm.) I went to Applebees and was able to make a healthy, mindful decision for a meal, without worrying about if it was going to totally ruin all my hard work. This is the first time I’ve gone out for a sit-down meal since starting this lifestyle, and it was great to be able to do so without falling off the wagon. Also, the people I was with are supportive, and that means so much to me and it really does matter.
Another bit of excitement since I last wrote — I reached my first goal on my journey to a healthier me. I have a list of 15 goals, both numeric (goal weights) and non-numeric (ex: fitting into a pair of jeans I haven’t fit into for a year) that I’m using to benchmark my progress on this journey. The first goal was a numeric one, a weight I was working toward (still not quite comfortable enough to share that with y’all yet), and last week I hit it! I got a tall Starbucks almond milk latte (yum!) to celebrate. And I can’t wait until I hit my next goal (which I’m hoping will happen before or by Thanksgiving).
When I wrap this first 4 weeks up on Sunday, I’m going to do a bit of a longer post about the great things I’ve noticed. (And I might include some photos — eek!) So for today, I’ll stick to my usual format.
* Pounds lost! Hooray!
* No sugar cravings!
* I’ve been making it a point to get some form of exercise in every day (part of my #Last90Days challenge). You have no idea how great my body feels! And I’m killing it with my step goals as of late.
* Even though I’m not tracking calories specifically, I still use My Fitness Pal to log everything I’m eating (helps hold me accountable) and to track my water intake and weight. For the last 3 weeks I’ve had a calorie deficit every day (and more of one when I work out). This means that I should continue to lose weight at a steady pace.
* I found a super yummy looking Paleo pumpkin muffin recipe that I’m going to make when I’m on vacation at a friend’s house next week. My own little Halloween treat!
* Compliments! I’ve gotten complimented on how good I look, how much slimmer my face looks, and on how proud of me people are for sticking to this.
* My gut is LOVING me.
* I haven’t had any back issues since I started eating like this! I think that’s because some of my issues stem from inflammation, and this particular method of eating helps to curb that naturally.
* ENERGY!! You guys, seriously, it’s crazy! Prior to starting eating better, I would wake up, smack my snooze button a zillion times, slide out of bed and try to get through my morning routine without falling asleep on myself. I felt so sluggish, I was tired all the time at work, I had trouble concentrating, and when I got home at night all I wanted to do was sit in my chair and loaf. It’s not like that anymore! I get up and I get straight out of bed, and the first thing I do is make myself a cup of coffee and breakfast. (Thank you, Dani, for encouraging us to eat within 15 minutes of rising.) I’m alert, I feel refreshed (because I’m also sleeping better!!), and b y the time I shower, I’m ready to get going on my day. When I’m at work, I’m yawning less, getting more done, and able to focus on things. And the best part, when I get home, I want to go out and walk or go to the gym. I find myself asking my roommate every day if she’s ready to go out for our nightly walk, or if she’s ready to go to Snap and do some lifting, because I have energy to burn. Tonight I wanted to go further on our walk, and that never happened before. It feels so great to get back to a place where I want to be active and where I’m finding ways to get active. I can’t wait to see what I feel like in another 5-6 months.
* I’m telling you, my workplace is like a dessert party. So continuing to practice avoidance has been tough at times. Like last week in an upper management training, people were passing around a bag of the mini Hershey chocolate bars. You have no idea how much self control it took to pass the bag without taking something out of it.
* Timing meals continues to be an issue for me, especially on weekends. I did good this past weekend though, because I wrote down my eating schedule each day. I’m trying to keep things as constant as I possibly can.
Honestly, I don’t really have any other struggles going on now!
I’m going to be entering the next round of the 30 day lifestyle starting in November, but I plan on continuing this on my own when I’m on my trip next week. I’ve got menus ready, groceries ready, and a nice supporting group of friends around me.
Cheers to the rest of the week being great and all of us working to be the best version of ourselves.
Until next time…
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