Sunday, February 17, 2013
I started this journey to take care of myself. In the past year, I've gotten into the habit of comforting myself with food and alcohol. If I have a stressful day at work, or even a productive day, I tell myself I 'deserve' ice cream, dinner out, and / or three or four drinks. I've become sluggish, depressed about my weight, bloated, and angry at myself for not being able to follow a diet and exercise program.
This website has given me the guidance I need not just to lose the weight (which is of course a benefit) but to care for myself instead of beating myself up. The meal plans are so easy to follow and you can I can mix them up as needed. And I don't feel deprived. Yesterday I got insanely excited about a cup of chocolate pudding and a banana. It was seriously as delicious as ice cream! And every night before bed I have been having 1 glass of red wine.
Someone told me once "weight loss happens in the kitchen." This first week I am focusing on nutrition and water intake. In the past, I've struggled a lot with trying to exercise and lose weight at the same time. Exercise makes me so hungry that it is hard to do both. I'm going to take small steps with exercise so I don't get discouraged. I used to be a regular runner and I feel like I need to do long periods of intense exercise or none at all. I'm changing that mindset. The long walks I take at work (I teach at a University) carrying books uphill, etc. count for exercise. I have been timing them and I actually walk, carrying a heavy load, 40 minutes 3 X a week. For now, that's going to suffice.
I'm right at the beginning and the scale is down 3 lbs in 3 days which is nuts! I know a lot of it is probably water, but it makes me feel so good to see the 130's again. And I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel during the day energy-wise. I'm so proud of myself for getting through these first few days. I'm going to change my lifestyle and I'm so excited.