ups, downs & lessons learned in week 1..
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Made it through the first week of this BLC.
I feel more committed & more serious & determined then I have in a long time.
Lots of positives for the week: I tracked every bite (even the not so good bites!) & stayed within my calorie range 4 of the 7 days. I worked out in some way 6 of the 7 days. I went back to Zumba which I love & which is a great workout for me. I only had beer 2x & only 1x on the weekend. (I know - that seems like not much, but to me it is a big step!) & - I lost 4.5 pounds.
The downs: I had planned two evenings as "not diet" evenings. But - I didn't just eat what I wanted, I ate what I wanted until I was so full I was almost sick :( With the exception of zumba - I don't feel like I really pushed myself with exercise (I need my innner Jillian to come out!) I relied far too much on processed diet type food such as protein bars & lean cuisine dinners & I had several headaches during the week.
lessons learned: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!! I MUST plan my food ahead & make sure I have easy & healthy choices on hand. I need to become an exercise early bird again as that seems to be best for me to get the most down & really push myself (if I am up before 6am it better be worth it darn it!) on the headache front - I think I need to drink not just water but something with electrolytes & make sure I eat something before & after vigorous workouts. I have also discovered that my darling husband - who totally supports me & is truly one of the best men ever - can also be an issue in my healthy journey. He has NEVER been overweight & doesn't really see me as overweight. So...when he wants to kick back & have a "bad" night - he really wants me to join him. I have to have the fortitude to stick to my plan & hang out with him in a healthier way!
So...on to week two - really plan to focus on nutrition, planning & kicking my exercise up a notch. I hope to lose at least 3 more pounds during week 2. Oh yea - & beer only 1x this week!