The new beginning continues

Monday, December 11, 2006

Last week I had come to the realization that I needed to keep looking within to see why I had reached the weight I did. I could easily blame my car accident last year (I jumped from 190 to 230) or the stress of my fathers illness and his subsequent passing. But they just show me that life is always going to have something that pulls you down. Sometimes it's bigger than others, but there's always going to be stress and frustration. So I need to look more at what are some of my coping methods. Taco Bell offered much comfort to me on the many drives to and from my parents house during the year. Fast food still holds a prominent place in my life. Maybe not as prominent as it was with all that driving, but moreso than I think it deserves. I'm slowly reclaiming my life from it however, I'm moving to better options when I go and am going less frequently (though still more often than I'd like). I'm not quite strong enough to push myself to give it up fully, but am hoping that with each week and month that passes by I'll find it's less and less of a comfort.

I started off last week by deciding to add a couple of good habits, drinking water and tracking my eating in nutrition tracker. Water still requires a conscious effort on my part to make sure I drink enough. I am hoping it'll reach a point where it becomes habit rather than forced, but we'll see. Tracking my food has been a bit more eye opening. I could estimate how many calories in my day, but watching them over the long run has more of an impact. To supplement my tracking, I'm going to try and keep my calorie range under 1700. That's not terribly low, but if I keep to it, then I should lose weight.

I was pleased to see this morning that I had lost a full pound this week. Considering the holidays are here and there are sugary treats and unhealthy meals around every corner, I'm extremely happy. I'd like to hope that I can repeat it next week as well.

Next week I think I'd like to try to add some exercise into my life again. Classes will be done by Monday and there will not be the black cloud hanging over my head telling me to do my schoolwork. It may be there telling me to wrap presents, write Christmas cards, or get my house cleaned, but those don't have the deadline and impact that my final paper will have. I can always get help with wrapping gifts and while not my preference, cards can go out closer to the holiday.

So I'm pleased with the way the last week went. It's a good start to a better lifestyle which will hopefully have me happier and healthier, and make the easing in the new year a bit brighter.
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