Wednesday, April 09, 2014
So.... I have been on SparkPeople and making a true effort toward weight loss and fitness for a month now. I have lost some weight and inches which is good. But of course it is not fast enough for me. I switched two weeks ago to a Ketogenic diet as I know I have a wheat allergy and many people have seen dramatic weight loss. Mine has been slow despite the fact that my Ketostix are dark purple. I like the plan though, I feel healthier, more energetic and my mood is better.
What I have learned:
1. carbs seem to increase my appetite. The Keto plan really does curb my appetite. I still eat when I am not hungry though and need to work on listening to my body more.
2. I need to drink a LOT more water. I definitely have a lot of water retention and wake up with swollen hands and feet each day. I started drinking more two days ago and still felt thirsty so I am apparently pretty dehydrated.
3. I am obsessive with the scale. I weigh my self several times a day and it is of course discouraging. I vow to break this nasty habit.
4. I have quit a lot when I hit a roadblock. This time no quitting allowed. I really want this and I am not getting any younger. (just had my 52nd birthday this last week.) So many things in life I have persevered at but for some reason getting healthy and losing weight has not been one of them. Time to give a little attention to myself. Positive attention.
As I go through this process, I find my reasons and goals have changed. I still want to look good. But now I am actually focusing on health issues and realize that I need to bring down my blood pressure and get stronger, have more endurance. I find myself wanting to feel better as well as just look good. This is new for me. In general I have tended to ignore my health issues since they are somewhat silent but they are not going away and need to be dealt with.
I have had a couple days where the only exercise I did was walking. This isn't making an effort for me as I do not have a car and have had to walk where I need to go for almost two years. I know on these days my mood was bad due to issues at work or with my daughter but need to stick to as I really do feel better when I take the time to exercise.
So this week,
I stick to the plan- eating Ketogenic, still watch calories and drink more water and exercise DAILY.