Monday, May 20, 2013
Well, I think winter weather has officially left. We had some frost last week but we're due for our first summer thunderstorm tonight so, it's here. With the change of seasons [no, spring doesn't exist here in the northeast], I have many other changes in mind. The biggest, thankfully, is that I've been getting back in tune with my body. For too long, I've just been paying attention to the number on the scale and [maybe] the number of calories I've been eating. Not anymore.
Being in tune with my body means eating enough [and not too much], but also eating enough of the right foods. Lots of fruits and veggies, which were sorely lacking in my winter diet. Listening to when I'm really too tired to go for a run, or when I'm just feeling lazy. Knowing, just by paying attention to my body, whether I've gone up on the scale or not.
That was this morning. I had a great weekend of weight loss, but I knew as soon as I woke up this morning that I was up a little. I had eaten well yesterday [chili, lots of salad and fruit], but also some salty things [I do love tortilla chips]. Not bad, and I stayed well within my calorie ranges [plus went for a 50 minute run], but I felt bloated this morning. Stepped on the scale and yep, I was up. Probably not something to celebrate, but I was so excited to actually recognize that feeling, to know that I was in tune with my body, that I was happy anyway. I've been ignoring my body's signals for far too long, and treating it so badly that I think it had stopped giving out those signals, at least where I could hear them. But not anymore. We're back to communicating. Amazing what happens when you do what you're supposed to, right?
Also, the past couple weeks have paid off on the scale as well-- after reaching a way-too-high number in my carelessness, I'm back down to about 178 after only a few changes. My goal is to get back down to 176 by the end of the week [which is totally doable], and then I can work on finally getting below that number I've been stuck at since September.
Of course, this means that the cardigan I bought a month ago, which fit perfectly then, is now gigantic on me but... oh well.