I learned SO much from this challenge. I took it on following the steps suggested in the recommended articles, but I also followed SparkPeople's motivation calendar "31 Days to Less Stress" while I did this. I tried to do each of the suggested techniques there each respective day. I found that I was already doing a lot of them.
When I began this challenge, I started my day with a cup of coffee and a day planner at the computer. These days, I start my day with green tea and 10 deep breaths while seated in my backyard, listening to the birds. When I began this challenge, I was struggling to work in exercise as a part of my daily routine. These days I'm challenging myself to complete it and my shower and breakfast all by 8:30 - and I'm succeeding.
I've taken on learning about my hunger triggers - since that was one of my biggest weight loss challenges. I've learned more about foods and nutrition through a careful analysis of my food journal and reading the articles available here. I'm now in the process of replacing wheat out of my diet in favor of other grains. I start most meals with a glass of water and a salad. My high intake days are much lower than my high intake days of late June. (Highest intake day was 500 calories less than June's highest.) My caloric intake has stabilized through time. I am no longer facing day long hunger on most days.
I learned to bounce back from a stumble and to put things into perspective. I developed greater focus on my goals. I've lost an inch from my muffin top and 3 lbs since starting this challenge. I've got yoga back in my life.
For the next week, I hope to handle my Practice Kindergarten sessions with my son without losing my temper too often (or, hopefully at all), to continue my morning routine of deep breathing, to continue my yoga and cardio routines - even if having to work it out after walking to the school and back.
And mostly, I'll be forgiving myself today for skipping Practice Kindergarten for the sake of getting my house back into order.
| current weight: 146.4