Thursday, October 17, 2013
Man, things have been busy! A very stressful time at work, and I started to pick up some really bad habits. Long story short, I was eating and drinking too much. Not good. And it really wasn't helping my stress levels- it was just making everything kind of spiral. Anyway, last week I decided enough was enough, so I quit a few things cold turkey- eliminated soda, coffee, alcohol, and sugar. And just general overeating. I've been back on my David Kirsch plan, which I love and always works for me. I started with his 7 day detox, which was rough, but not impossible. Actually, it felt great! I really needed to take some time and recharge and just make things simple to start (and protein shakes for two meals a day certainly makes things easy). Today is my first day off the cleanse/detox, and I feel amazing. I've dropped about 10 lbs (which is a TON for one week, but most was prob just water weight due to bloat and PMS- but realistically, still about 6 lbs). I'm below 140, which is right where I need to be to fit into my clothes and feel confident again. Whew. Sigh of relief. I feel on track and ready to transistion to the actual diet now (which is tough enough!)
So, first day of the diet, and it's going great. I haven't had coffee, soda, wine, sugar OR carbs for over a week. And other than the initial coffee migraines, I haven't felt that bad or had too much of a problem with cravings. It's been kind of amazing. My weight steadily dropped except the last two days when it stuck at 139.9. But I stuck with it, and wasn't even really concerned about the scale- which is odd for me, and today I was down to 138.6.
In addition to some of the bad habits I picked up, I also picked up a good one- I'm walking A TON. I got a fitbit to track my steps (and compete with colleagues) and it's incredibly motivating. I've taken to walking to and from work most days, and that is a great stress reliever. The metro is a bit of a zoo, so my hour to and from work is very relaxing. Plus, I find it a lot easier to just walk out the door in my gym clothes to walk to work than I do to drag myself to the gym (who knows why?) It takes a bit of planning to make sure I have clothes to wear at work, but other than that, it's been great. I am kind of dreading the cold, rainy weather, but for now, I'm going to enjoy it! Another bonus of fitbit, is that it works with spark! So I can link everything together. And now I have an actual phone that works so I can look at it all. Huge help.
So, I'm back and on track. Feeling pretty good. Goal weight is 130, with a little overeaching to consider if 125 isn't possible (we'll see). Ultimately, I'd like to get to 130 by Thanksgiving (I think I can), and then maintain through the holidays. Then maybe see if I can't get to 125 by my birthday.