Sunday, November 24, 2013
I've been learning how to listen to my body cues for hunger and thirst. It is going really well. I've noticed that I don't really need to eat a snack in the morning. I am not hungry in the morning between breakfast and lunch. I eat breakfast around 7am and then I'm not hungry until around 11:30 so I've just been eating lunch at that time. The afternoon is a bit harder because there is just a lull in the day. I've been drinking hot herbal tea to ward off wanting to eat out of boredom. I've been eating a small snack in the afternoon and then dinner when I get home from work.
When I originally began my journey, I had never really exercised so I didn't know where to start. I began with just some activity; whatever that I could do. Well, over the next few years, my exercise strength grew and I could do a lot of things that I couldn't before. I have had some setbacks, (knees, wrists, lower back) so I'm kind of back to square one with exercise. Over the past year, instead of what I can do, I've focused a lot on what I can't do therefore spiraling into doing nothing. Recently, in getting into a good place again, I've realized that I can do certain activities so why not get back to focusing on those like I did when I originally began my journey. I have been walking when I can (hurt my foot recently), riding a stationary bike, doing upper body workouts and core as well as some yoga that doesn't hurt my wrists. By focusing on these activities that I can do, I've realized that I can easily add 30 to 60 minutes of activity so that I can burn more calories. Yep, focusing on the CAN! I've been doing exercises doing commercials while watching t.v. at night. Great way to add more activity very easily!
Over the past month, I've also been trying to really be more mindful in general. I've been eating slower. I've been thinking before making choices (was going to eat Mexican last week but opted for the salad that I brought for lunch instead and was happy with that choice). I've been sticking to my once a week reward with either a date night with my husband or an outing with my friends.
I have been trying to get at least a minimum of 8 hours a night. I've met this goal every night but one for the last month. My body bugg calculates this for me and according to this my sleep efficiency is 93%. Not too shabby.
5. WEIGHT LOSS
I have been trying to get a 500 calorie deficit per day. If I reach for this small goal, I should lose 1 pound per week. This past week, I was down 2.6 pounds from my last weigh in. I am looking forward to this week's weigh in. I am hopeful for another pound.
I'm looking forward to continuing to learn more about my body, my mind and seeing myself reach my goals.