Sunday, May 11, 2008
I just completed my first week on Sparkpeople. I gained one pound. Surprisingly, I'm not discouraged. I feel thinner, even if only mentally, and I feel better physically. I haven't had a drink in two weeks, although it means boring, lonely weekends. My diet is so much better that the emotional benefits have been great - more vitamins, minerals, fiber, all good things. Regular exercise has helped my mood. I've taken up sewing projects to help with night time cravings. I mean, you can't eat if both your hands are busy. It's a good thing to do while watching television, whereas before I would much on whatever was available. Last night I turned an old pair of pants into a new pair of shorts, and I've tightened lots of slightly loose buttons. I'm going to have to find more things to sew very soon. Maybe I'll take up knitting or something.
My budget is a hindrance to my diet, however. I spent a ton of money on good shoes for running. I have a very strict food budget, which makes buying plenty of fresh produce difficult. I buy what's in season and what's on sale, but fresh fruits and vegetables are costing too much. I'm trying to think where I can cut back. The other day, instead of spending money to take the subway into town, I walked four miles to my destination and four miles back. Not only did I get plenty of exercise that day, but I also saved $4.50, which I used to buy myself a cup of coffee and some tomatoes (a pretty pricey piece of produce that I just love). It's all about sacrifice and substitution, I suppose.