As of yesterday, I’ve spent exactly one month working out every day and watching pretty much everything I eat. It hasn’t been all that long, but I find now that if I don’t do something every day, I start to get antsy – like I need to do something active. It’s a good feeling.
As you can see from the awesome graph above, I’ve lost some weight. It’s fluctuating while it goes down, but the whole point is that it’s going down – even if there are some stops along the way. I’m looking forward to saying that I’ve officially lost ten pounds, but 8.4 pounds in around 4 weeks really isn’t all that bad.
Things I’ve learned so far:
Food is amazing. I’m still eating pretty much whatever I want – but eating it within reason. I’m also making sure to eat enough food every day, which wasn’t the case all the time before I started watching it.
I really struggle with eating a lot of salt. I’ve cut out most super-processed foods, but there are times that I eat something really high in sodium, and it shows a lot on the scale. (For example, the leftover pizza I’ve had for lunch the last three days has resulted in a 0.4 lb gain today, and that’s really the only thing that’s changed, so I assume they’re related in some way.)
I’m sleeping better. For the last few years, I’ve been exhausted nearly all the time, but struggled when it came time to sleep. I don’t know if I just wasn’t using up enough energy during the day to rest properly, but it’d take me forever to fall asleep, and even then it wouldn’t be very restful. I still have those days now, but they’re much fewer and I can normally nap in the middle of the day to feel a bit more well-rested.
Not everyone understands what’s going on in my head. It’s hard to go out to eat with people and have to look at the closest approximation to the nutrition information that you can find, while trying to order as quickly as everyone who is eating whatever they want. However, people are generally supportive and offer encouragement and congratulations for sticking with the plan.
I’m glad I’m going about it this way. I see so many people on scary-limited diets or having surgery or worrying themselves into a frenzy over their weight. I was one of those people. (Well, not the surgery, but the rest of it.) It really puts the “fast weight loss solutions” into perspective when I realize that while the people who have done them may be thin now, they might be miserable with the type/amount of food they can eat, or have other problems caused by it. Instead, I’m eating what I want and just trying to stay sensible. It may be slow, but it’s steady, and I feel great!
I am running into a few problems here and there, though. I’ve been trying to alternate the workouts that I do – sometimes it’ll just be a long walk, other times it’s dancing, and sometimes it’s something more routine, like Wii Fit or the Biggest Loser for the Wii. However, I’m finding that the Biggest Loser game just isn’t customizable to the point that I need it to be. Nearly every workout I’ve done on there has things like lunges, or portions where you have to go down onto your knees, and I simply can’t do that. When I was younger, I tore the cartilage in my knee while dancing, and never was able to have it repaired. I intend to have a doctor look at it soon, but in the meantime, I’m tired of having to do these things halfway because I can’t put that kind of pressure on my knee. I think for now, the game disc will have to stay on the shelf while I find other, less painful things to do.