Last week I got off track - like way off track - and when I stepped onto the scale on Saturday morning, I was shocked (and in disbelief) to see that I was up 7 lbs, which is completely crazy. While I did fall off my eat right and exercise plan - I know that I didn't eat 24000 extra calories last week. So I know a lot of that is due to water retention - I could feel it in my legs and waistline.
And you know what - in addition to feeling all poofy, my stomach and guts weren't all that happy either. AND I've had a low grade headache for several days now too. Talk about a wake-up call to see that eating crummy makes me feel crummy. Not like that should be a surprise to me or anyone, but knowing it and experiencing it are two different things.
So I was so mad at myself for departing from my carefully made plans - which also helped fuel continued poor eating habits over the weekend. I was back to all of my old habits in a flash - and the downward spiral began!
Fortunately, Sunday night I dusted myself off and said this is it, I've got to get back on track. So here I am, Monday and now Tuesday - totally back on plan, drinking all my water, getting to bed early, etc. I'm laying off the exercise a bit this week because I still have an ongoing low grade headache - which I'm sure is related to the poor diet. Otherwise, everything else is back in check.
After having a couple days to reflect on all this - I realized a couple of things. First, it's amazing how quickly my body can go from feeling great to feeling crummy after a week of poor eating. Second, I've always been a headache-prone person, and hadn't realized that I've been relatively headache-free for these last few months, until this last week. Third, I also realized that for at least the last several years that I've been eating poorly, I was probably feeling crummy like this all the time - and didn't realize that that wasn't normal. Crazy. Fourth, I'm not superwoman. I'm going to have setbacks because those bad eating habits are pretty ingrained in my brain somewhere. Fifth - But I *AM* capable of turning the boat.
So for my 5% challenge I've been doing, this one week blew all my progress. Hopefully I can lose at least most of that this week - which is the final week of the challenge. And in two weeks from now is my end of the month photo and measurement day. But whatever. I can do this. I have been doing it. This is only a minor setback so long as I steer the boat in the right direction and hold steady.
And I'll be happy when I'm back to feeling super healthy again, like I was prior to this last week. Eating healthy makes me feel great, and when my body is working optimally - I feel even better which in turn helps motivate me to stay on track and do more.
A good lesson to learn.
Thanks for all the support on my feed this week.