The not feelig bloated anymore was what I noticed first and it's a quick result!! Don't go by the scale alone, please!! Take your measurements and track those as well. How you feel and how your clothes fit will be what you should pay attention to most, in my opinion. Muscle weighs more than fat SO that's why I say don't go by the scale entirely. You may lose some fat but gain muscle and end up with an overall gain, but it won't be a bad thing.
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20,760 1/12/12 11:09 A
You really are doing fine ! It's only been four days !! Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
You don't want to look at weight loss and good health with an all or nothing mentality. Will you make mistakes ? Yes, we all did. Will you have bad days ? Yup. We all do. We all have negatives in our lives. We can't completely eliminate those negatives. What we should be striving for is having our positives outnumber the negatives. and that does take time.
This is not the Biggest Loser. those types of losses are just not typical. Most of us can't workout 4-6 HOURS a day. most of us don't have access to a dietitian or chef or 24 hour personal trainer. That's why we need to be patient.
Also, while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there is no guarantee you'll lose that each week. some weeks you might lose. some weeks you might stay the same. some weeks you might even gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong.
So far, I think you've done the right thing by writing all this down. Sometimes you just need to get these thoughts out of your own head and out in the open, and then they're not so scary.
Firstly, the habits that we have today are habits that we have developed throughout our entire lives. You say you love sweets, you've probably always loved sweets, even as a little kid. You certainly cannot expect yourself to change over night. These things take time: weeks, months, years. It sounds like you have thew right idea though by substituting junk foods with healthier foods. I, myself, am also a admitted sweet addict. I love love love love love dessert! Fir at least the last 2 years, almost every single night, without fail, I would have a bowl of ice cream and/or some sort of pastry dessert after dinner. Now, after my dinner settles and while I'm winding down,k it seems only natural to have something sweet. And for me personally, if I feel deprived, I will not succeed. So I have a healthy little sweet treat. My go-to sweet treat is one of the Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundaes (mmmmmm DELICIOUS!) Keep in mind that I only do this if my daily calories will allow me to. If I overindulge during lunch or dinner, and I don't have the extra calories, I can't do it. (though, it's ok to go over sometimes :)
Sleep is a big part of a healthy new lifestyle. It's important to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. If you're sleep deprived, your body craves junk food. Plus, when you're well rested you have more energy, and you're more mentally alert and prepared to take on all the challenges of a new lifestyle. Me, being someone who went from sleeping an average of 4 hours per night to sleeping an average of 8 hours per night, it's a pretty amazing (and worth it) change.
You did do well. Like I said, what we're all doing here is changing our whole lifestyle. When we used to sit around in front of the tv eating whole pizzas and bowls of ice cream, we're now out running around with our dogs or kids, or finding a hobby to keep us occupied in front of the tv rather than eating, or finding delicious healthy meals to eat. That's my thing; 90% of the time, i don't find "dieting" all that challenging because I eat delicious foods.
Good luck to you!
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46,222 1/12/12 9:21 A
Hang in there!
It's so easy for us to focus on all the could've, would've, should'ves instead on the positive things that we do. It is by looking at this journey through a positive view that we will make it to our destination and beyond.
Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, perseverance and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks or months to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.
If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.
Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.
Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.
I need a mental check! I know that something is not right with me upstairs...that my thinking is askewed. I am on Day 4 of this journey. Yesterday I didn't do too well tracking but I still made a conscious decision of everything I put in mouth. I chose healthier foods than I would have usually. I do sometimes binge but I only ate healthier foods. I did not drink sugar soda. I did have a little craving for soda so I got diet but that was my first soda in days and I am a soda addict. I also had a bit of sweet tooth and I had nothing sweet and fruit wasn't cutting it so I made sugar free and fat free pudding and had a decent portion (decent meaning not a lot at all) I wanted to eat the whole bowl. The problem is my heart is telling me I'm fine, I did good, be proud. You are a success but then I have this nagging feeling that I messed up and I might as well give up and give in because I will never be able to do it. I was over tired yesterday. I know sleep is a big part of it and sleep is a big problem for me so I just didn't feel like sitting and counting everything. I guess I need reassurance. I need to be told that I did good. I need validation. I need results and I am not getting them and the logical part of my brain says its only been 4 days but the lunatic side of me says I should have lost 20lbs already (I know thats not true but you get what I am saying). By the second day I noticed I didn't look so bloated but now I cant see anything but hopelessness. I hope this makes sense.
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