So I Guess This Is Happening Now
Friday, May 19, 2017
Today marks one week since I've gotten back on track. I don't know how much weight I've lost since I haven't had a working scale but I can definitely tell I'm less bloated. The joys of dropping water weight! Even though I haven't done much yet and all of my changes have been small, I have started noticing changes in my mood and energy levels. I do feel like I have some more energy and my motivation is starting to pick up. It's a really good feeling.
Tonight I was poking around on SparkPeople and trying to figure what a good and inexpensive next step would be now that I've gotten reacquainted with the basics. I used to run and was even part of a running club and participated in several 5Ks. I'm far from being that level of in shape, which, to be honest, even then running a mile was a struggle, so I knew walking would probably be a better choice. I looked at the 30 day challenges Spark has to offer and they have one called The Walk This Way Challenge. It looks simple enough so I plan to start it tomorrow.
I was looking at what to do for day 1 so I could mentally prepare my schedule for tomorrow and one part of it is to tell 3 people about it in an effort to hold myself accountable. Tonight I went ahead and told my boyfriend and two of my girlfriends. When I texted one of my friends, she responded with, "I can text at the same time every day? Will that be helpful?" I wasn't expecting that response! As much as I may grumble once tomorrow comes around, we decided that she will text me at 1 pm every day for the next month and I will give her a small report of how my exercise went. I've never approached exercise with this type of plan so I'm nervous and excited at seeing how it goes. I guess this is happening now. Hopefully it'll work! I know I love to exercise but getting started is the hardest part. I'm hopeful that this will give me the motivation I need to continue an exercise routine well after the initial 30 days.
As far as my food goes, I think I'm doing pretty well. I allow myself one splurge day a week and yesterday was it. I don't view splurge days as necessary since I truly do enjoy the foods I eat the other 6 days of the week. It's so I can eat some junk and not feel guilty about it. My boyfriend and I usually go out to eat once a week for date night and I use that as my splurge day. I enjoy the night with him and I get a delicious guilt free meal. The next day I start back up on my eating plan and tracking everything. Last night we decided to have a late night Dairy Queen blizzards and I loved every bite.
I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm equal parts terrified since I have quite a ways to go and I've failed so often in the past and optimistic because I know I have the right tools and knowledge to succeed. I wish I could bottle this emotion forever. I found some good ideas for visual aids on SparkPeople tonight so I plan on using some of them to remind myself what I'm doing this for.
Have a great night, all! :)