Saturday, January 22, 2011
Yesterday was the end of Week 3 for me. I've lost 14 lbs. so far which is amazing. My BMI is hovering just on the edge of "obese", ready to go to merely overweight in 1 more pound. Which stubbornly refuses to go away this week. But at least I'm not gaining so I consider it a victory. I know the torture...I mean the exercise along with portion control & healthier eating is helping, even if the scale is not moving. I went down a clothing size, my legs don't look like over-stuffed sausages in my pants and the dreaded muffin top was greatly diminished yesterday.
I'm participating in the sleep challenge as well. When I started week 2 I was very discouraged with it. I was already doing what the week 2 steps said to start doing and it wasn't working. But that weekend, for the first time ever, I got up close to my "normal" weekday time. I also cleaned the spare bedroom/junkyard out and was able to move a very large dresser, my treadmill and the ironing board out of my bedroom. What a difference! Even though there were still piles of stuff around my room I instantly felt better; it was like I added more space. I bought a cheap table lamp so I can read before bed without the very bright overhead light being on. By the end of week 2 I was falling asleep within a reasonable time of turning out the lights, without medication. I still wake up frequently throughout the night but just being able to fall asleep is a major improvement.
I've also noticed some unexpected benefits from the whole torture/exercise thing. Because I do my treadmill time & karate in the evening I shower in the evening. So in the mornings I'm not nearly so rushed, I'm getting to work earlier (which for me is "on-time") and I don't wake up already stressed out. As a result I've been happier (and so has my boss LOL). I have a little more energy throughout the day which is motivating me to start/finish some of those home projects I keep meaning to and never do. My legs are getting stronger which is definitely needed after the ACL replacement & broken ankle I've had in recent years. I can round house kick again and did a (very cautious) shuffle in kick for the first time in a very long time on my "bad" leg. I am now back on the road to black belt!
I've committed to trying Zumba next Friday. A coworker has been talking about wanting to do something after work with someone for a few months. So I located a place close to work that has a Friday 5pm class and we committed to go next week to try it out. If we like it we plan to invite other co-workers and see if we can make a group of it.
Overall I'm still feeling very positive about my weight loss journey.