Stress, Sunshine, and Sleep

Friday, October 18, 2013

Blogging is really essential to my sanity right now! I have been listening to my body and have decided not to IF these past couple of days. I have been hungry in the morning and throughout the day. This brings me to a new stage of this journey where I need to begin really practicing portion control, especially if I'm eating multiple meals a day.

Today, I logged my meals ahead of time, so I'm fully aware how important it is to stay on track. Fridays can be tough because a lot of opportunities to eat in excess present themselves. My goal, just for today, is to stay within my designated calories.

I went over last night because I ate a heavy dinner after eating lunch in the afternoon. I did go for a nice long walk/run, did some handstands to work my upper arm strength. It wasn't quite the high intensity interval training that I want to begin, but it was definitely something positive.

I think that I might be having a difficult time losing weight because I haven't been regularly getting at least 8 hours of sleep, lack of direct sunlight, and stress. I try to keep the feelings of stress at bay by finding time for myself, but things are definitely more difficult during the school year, and I think that affects my weight loss. During the summer, the weight just melted off, but in the past month, I have been struggling with the same five pounds.

So other than diet and exercise, I need to start making goals to sleep more, get outside during my lunch period, and find time to meditate and relax (without a phone in my hand!)
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    Logging ahead is the key for me. As long as I can stick to the portions!! So hard with dinner when I make a big pot of something... but I rely on the leftovers for the rest of the week, usually. I have been finishing my meals with a cup of carrot juice instead of another portion which is sort of working. It's nice and sweet and kind of makes me feel like I ate more than, say, water would.

    Stress from school and sleep irregularities will definitely make it harder to fight the good fight. But you can do it! Hope things settle down into a manageable routine!
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