In January I published a post about 7 totally unsexy but totally doable life changes.
I’ve acted on most of the items on the list for more than two months: I’ve consistently journaled my food, paid attention to regular meal times and front-loading, found new healthy but delicious recipes, added steps to my day and decreased the time spent sitting.
I’m glad to announce I’m also I’m reaping the rewards – my belly is shrinking and my clothes feel loose. I occasionally enter my eats to a web app so I think I have a negative calorie deficit on most days, which explains the weight loss. (Sorry for the lack of numbers, but I don’t weigh myself very often)
Overall, I feel really good physically even though I’ve had some bad times.
All these changes have been pretty stress-free, mostly because I had the sense to keep the changes really small. I also attribute a sizable portion of my success to my improving mindfulness skills – learning to not take my thoughts and emotions so seriously has helped me stick to my healthy lifestyle choices.
In retrospect, year 2013 was a really odd year what comes to trying to lose weight.
I was losing weight for the first few months, but that came to a an abrupt halt when I entered a stressful period in March/April. In July I was so frustrated in my fruitless attempts – and feeling pretty burnt out– that I decided to stop trying to lose weight for a while.That lead to gaining back most of the weight I lost in early 2013.
Luckily, I emerged from my “bubble” in January. I’m still not sure if my feelings of frustration actually had anything to do with weight loss per se or just my life situation. I suspect the latter.
How I feel about what is going in my life immediately seems to affect my weight too.
What comes to physical training, I haven’t been as conscientious with it as I intended.
Mostly I’ve managed to do two strength training sessions per week, plus my salsa class and incidental exercise. I still haven’t started doing the metabolic circuits that are part of the Female Body Breakthrough program, but I intend to start them asap.
There are some downsides to all this. 🙂
One day I decided I want to indulge in my favorite pick-and-mix candy and bought a 170g (0.34 lb) pouch and proceeded to eat them. To my disappointment I soon discovered that with the exception of the first few pieces of candy they tasted like cardboard. I also didn’t feel very good after eating them, which I had to jot down in my food journal.
I think it might be a good idea to test a new strategy to treating myself with food. I could go and buy a few hand-made confections from a real chocolate shop and have them when I want to have something special.
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