Here I am- 2 weeks into my health journey- progress is slow, y’all. I’ve been an instant gratification kinda gal when it comes to weight loss in the past. I cut the calories super slow, lose weight super fast and then proceed to gain it back.
I’ve stuck to ‘my plan’ all week.
What does ‘my plan’ consist of? Well, I’m sticking to a protein source and low carb vegetables to round out most of my meals. I’m still negotiating whether I want to add in all fruits or not, or have occasional fruit. I have been eating strawberries and some blueberries as they have a lower glycemic index. I think that is a good goal for me- to eat low glycemic. What this means is sticking to food that won’t create a high spike in your blood sugar. Both of my parents have Diabetes and I’m not trying to have Diabetes when I grow up. This is definitely a good life goal for me- No to Diabetes.
Saying no to fruit would be a temporary thing for me and not sustainable. I know I’ve been saying it a lot, but I am working on sustainable weight loss and sustainable eating habits. I say this to myself as well, because I’m tired of yo-yo dieting and I need a lasting approach to health. The past quick-fix weight loss schemes have gotten me nowhere, but where I am currently.
Things I’ve done well
- I ignored those many loaves of homemade banana nut bread and left over Halloween candy in the break room.
- I stuck to the plan- I ate lots of vegetables.
- I did lose 1.5 pounds.
What I need to work on:
- I ate too much peanut butter. I love peanut butter. Can you lose weight eating peanut butter? Did I mention that I love peanut butter?
- I did not control my mountain dew addiction. I know this is all about health, but I am shelving this goal for a bit. I don’t really want to quit this habit and as long as I don’t really want to chances are I won’t kick the habit.
- Still not doing too good on the water- I’ll be working on that.
- About that- I’ve worked the last five days. Those days are twelve hour shifts. Those 12 hour shifts are not spent in a cubicle, but are mostly on my feet- walking, lifting, running, whatever. I leave my home at 6:30 and get home between 8-8:30. I made the decision to sleep an extra thirty minutes instead of getting up and walking before work. I don’t feel bad about this decision. This whole thing is about health. Proper rest is healthy. Taking time to relax after a stressful day is healthy.
Let’s talk about this for a minute. In the past I have definitely turned to food to reduce stress. It has been an issue for me since childhood. I have been spending times on my days off doing things that I enjoy such as reading, blogging, bible journaling and working on craft products. These things make me happy, keep me busy and reduce my stress.
So, this is my week, how has yours gone?