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Time to step it up

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Due to frustration with the non-moving scale, I decided to not weigh myself in January and instead focus on moving. Yesterday I stepped on the scale and...nothing. No change!

Some thoughts:

I wished I would have taken measurements. Sometimes that is a better indicator of weight loss. I also didn't exercise as much as I should have (or would have liked to). There's simply no way around that!

On top of that, January was an unexpectedly busy month. It was also an unusually cold month, which seemed to zap me of energy, and it was also a "recovery" month for me - it was the first month I didn't have to focus on graduate school.

There are not meant to be excuses; just observations. I also observed a few other notable things during January:

I sleep much better. I got a new mattress, which may have something to do with it, but I think my general diet/exercise changes helped.

I cook more, and I'm eating more whole foods. This has been a lot of fun, too.

Things have been "moving" better, but it's still not ideal. On top of this, I've been bloated pretty regularly, even with eating healthy foods. Which makes me wonder, maybe part of it is a food allergy or sensitivity? Maybe I just need to "reset" everything.

That said, I've got some new goals for February. Exercise at least 5 times a week, and do strength training at least 3 times a week. I have to make this commitment and not fall back on excuses ("Oh, I was too busy today"). I've already checked off the first two days of this month, so I'm off to a good start! :)

Also, I'm eliminating the major inflammatory foods (dairy, eggs, corn, nightshade) and will reintroduce them to see if they bother me. I noticed a big change by eliminating gluten and (daily) coffee, so maybe this will help. If nothing else, it forces me to up my greens intake. And, of course, try out some new recipes!

I also think this should help me be more aware of what I'm eating, when I'm eating. That is, am I eating because I'm hungry? Am I stopping when I feel satiated? I think this is something that might be hindering my weight loss as well.

So even though the scale didn't move, I'm very optimistic. I'm energized and ready to do this. Here's to a healthy new month!
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    This winter has been very hard to stay motivated, at least I've felt that way. Even if you get in the Spark's 10 minutes per day of exercise, it's a start! Keep it up!
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