Monday, January 12, 2015
I've made it into day 8, and I already feel like I need to tweak my goals and refocus. As usual, I set up a plan to work out every day, stay within a specific calorie range, and drink 8+ cups of water. And this plan I'm sure is doable, but it's a bit much for me to change all at once. I know better than to think I'm going to put this "perfect" plan in place, and do everything exactly how I should every day. What really happens is I might do ok for a couple of days, but then life happens and I fail, and then I feel like a failure and start slipping more and more... and end up right back where I started in no time.
With that being said, I'm releasing myself from daily exercise. It is no longer in my current goals. Yes, I think it's important, and yes, I would like to get in the habit of regular exercise. But it's just not going to happen along with everything else all at once.
What is most important to me (and where I have the greatest success at weight loss), is controlling my eating. What I eat and how much and overall calories. This past week I have stayed on track, and the scale showed a 2 pound loss (which puts me at 170 to start off my ticker). I don't plan to put too much into a pound or two loss or gain (considering how much your weight can fluctuate just throughout a single day!), but I hope to watch that number slowly go down. I'm tying my water drinking right in with my food, because it will help fill me up and give me energy and lots of other benefits, and it has to be one of the easiest things I can do for my health.
I would like to keep exercise in my plan, and try to aim for 2 days a week where I do some type of exercise. It might be walking on the treadmill before work, or yoga before bed, body weight workouts while watching TV, or maybe even a workout DVD when I'm really feeling motivated. But it's not going to be a stress or something to fail at. It is going to be an option that I can choose to keep me moving in the right direction right now. I truly believe once I see my weight go down from diet, that I'll be more motivated to add exercise as I go. But it does not need to be something I can use to bring negativity to the rest of my healthy changes right now. Food is step one, and my main focus for now.
Week two... here we go!