Saturday, June 30, 2012
Wow! I'm actually amazed at how quickly I saw results using this website! 7 pounds lost in less than 2 weeks! CRAZY! The thing that amazes me most is I haven't really begun to exercise I hard as I used to when I wasn't watching what I was eating. This calorie counting is really working and is much easier than I thought it would be. My exercise has been lower than I expected as well (though I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing on my end...haha). I've just been doing a little more than I'm used to doing. Mostly walking and taking the stairs whenever possible. But, clearly its helping! I LOVE the map your route feature on Sparkpeople. I work in a big city and park on the city outskirts and walk to my office each morning (and then walk around the city for various errands during the day) so its great that I can track exactly how much I walk each day. Add in a few laps around my neighborhood (about 1.5 miles round trip) and its been a huge help these last two weeks! Yesterday was the first time in a while that I pulled on a pair of jeans and they were actually a bit looser than normal. It was a great feeling (except halfway through the day when I could have really used a belt...haha!)
Another big help has been my improved sleep schedule. I tend to work long days and then feel the need to do a ton of things when I get home, pushing my actual bedtime very late and very close to my wakeup time. So I've been more conscious about going to bed at a decent hour and really working on getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep. I've felt better in the morning and I have also felt less of a need to snack in the evenings to keep my energy up.
Overall, I didn't realize changing my habits could be so beneficial and show such quick results. Typically I try new fitness/weigh loss programs hardcore for about 2 weeks and then am so starving that I fall off the bandwagon. So far this has been so simple to keep up with. Sometimes I track my points for the next day so that I can plan out my day ahead and not have to think about it. Just eat what's in my lunch box. I still have major cravings. For example, last night I went to dinner at a diner that is known for their delicious cookies (about 220 calories for one). It was really hard NOT to get one! I smelled them as soon as I walked in and still wanted one even after I had eaten my entire meal! I'm sure those cravings will get a bit easier but being a sweets lover I'm currently finding them a bit difficult this week.