Monday, June 18, 2012
I have been slowly seeing that monumental goal that I set when I started this journey in march of last year come closer and closer... and finally it it when I weighed myself yesterday morning, the half way mark!!!!
Looking back, I remember that day when I decided to give SP another go around. On that day, the half way mark seemed so far off... like almost a dream. Sometimes the changes in my body are obvious to me, but yet other times I wonder if the changes are really all that big. I sometimes wonder if this is because I see myself constantly as opposed to others who see me daily, weekly, a couple of times a year, ect. However, I am getting more and more comments and people asking if I've lost quite a bit of weigh. I am even now starting to get the "how did you lose so much weight" questions too. :) And how do I answer those questions? that I work out almost daily (something that I have come to love) and eat moderately, and mostly healthy food. I also use the "I work out a lot as a great stress reliever" line too, as I'm a Ph.D. grad student.
But looking back on the first half of my journey to reaching a healthy weight, I ask myself the same question... how did I lose so much weight?" Honestly, I've definitely had my ups and downs so far, and am realistic in the fact that I will have more, as I work towards reaching a healthy weight. It has taken me sticking to SP, on the good days and bad.... days when I'm estatic that I've reached another bench mark.... and on days where I get frustrated with myself, asking myself how I managed to wreck the day, weekend, week eating horribly and working out/moving so little. Those rough days still happen, but happen much less frequently now than when I first started. I was pondering why this is... I believe this is because of a few reasons. Working out has become a habit, and it feels odd not to work out. I also now enjoy working out and look forward to it! (I know, who would have thought? certainly not me when I started) I recently went through a 6 week plateau, became very frustrated, and then changed when I worked out. I switched to setting the alarm about an hour earlier than normal during the week, and working out an hour to hour and a half or so before heading into lab. I also started walking to lab and home again at the end of the day, about a mile each. As to food... I still struggle, but love the way I feel when I eat relatively balanced, healthy food throughout the day. I also am working on getting the "I'm home from lab and am super hungry" snacking problem under control. My newest way to work on this is with my dehydrator I bought myself saturday as a reward for reaching the half way benchmark (I knew I would hit it soon, just didn't think the next day :) ).
Okay, enough rambling.... :) and on to the next half!! :D