At the end of the first month... some questions for others?
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Well it's now been a month since i signed up for the gym and decided to start working on my health goals again. I'm proud of myself that I was able to keep the habit going for 4 weeks straight... isn't it 21 days to make a new behavior a habit? I have to say, in the past I have had a lot of emotional ambivalence and barriers about exercising however this time around I have really enjoyed it! I love the feeling of physically exerting myself and how that makes you feel afterwards. I find myself looking forward to this time. I signed up initially just for myself (not my husband) and it's nice quiet time to do something on my own for myself. It's nice too because the gym is only a block from my house so it makes it super easy!!! I just wish there was a pool... I live in a small town so the resources are limited.
Some thoughts that I have had going into month two on things to explore:
-I want to explore adjusting my night owl-ness to getting up earlier in the day so that I can do early morning workouts instead of them at night when I am less likely to go if i get caught at work late.
-Pre plan and "ready" meals, exercise gear ahead of time
-My focus has been increasing exercise however I need to adjust my diet as well.
-Work on reducing caffeine/sugar addiction!
-Reduce all those bad carbs!! (Bread, pasta, rice, pastries, ..... nummy)
-Increase veggies and fruits
-Drink more water
-Reduce red meat consumption
-Test cutting out dairy products (cheese, milk) to see if bloating in tummy will go down.
I have not really lost any weight yet... even though I went from couch potato/no exercise so going almost 4x a week. I seem to vary between 260 and 263 each day. I think i notice some small changes in how my body feels (around my hips, my calves, my nose, my fingers) but the number on the scale hasn't changed. So perhaps those things are in my head, wishful thinking? Is this typical? Although I'm not discouraged yet... you would think it would have some effect. I want to make sure that I'm on the right track. While i'm trying not to focus on the "number" would there be any case that all that hard work this month didn't go towards anything or was wasted? Like if i wasn't doing anything right? Of course I haven't paid too much attention to diet yet, but I have of course been exercising and making some small choices throughout the weeks of replacing foods for healthier choices, saying no more, and looking at labels/portion sizes more. I read a lot about how really "obese" (that word sounds so ugly) people begin an exercise routine and often lose weight really quickly, at least in the first two weeks before leveling out. However i didn't even have that. Could this be a sign that there may be health issues (thyroid? stress?) that are prohibiting weight loss until I resolve those issues, therefore that work going for nothing? Or do some people just lose slower? Or muscle is replacing fat making it appear that there is no weight loss? Any feedback or personal experience would be great!
I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and celebrate my success rather than focus on what i'm not doing, what i didn't acheive, etc. This has been helpful to keep my motivation going! This is what I teach my clients in counseling... now I'm using for myself as well. By being non-judgmental and kind to myself it takes out the disspointments and keeps the journey fun and encouraging!