After a week of fairly consistent food and exercise journaling, I report little to no change in my weight but a definite difference in the way my clothes fit and the way I feel.
At only a pound down from my weigh-in last week, the weight loss is insignificant. But I didn’t really have much weight to lose to begin with, hoping to shed just 5 to 8 pounds. It was the way I was feeling that spurred this change. I am feeling much better overall for a few reasons, I believe…
Food journaling has made me conscious of my food choices, which makes a world of difference. A consistently healthy diet makes you feel better every minute of the day. Knowing that I have to write it down makes me think twice about a hand full of potato chips to a piece of key lime pie. There is a sense of pride in looking back over the day’s or week’s healthy choices as well.
I am even keeping track of hydration and have eliminated all drinks other than water and coffee. Okay, that’s not exactly true since I am also having the occasional beer or glass of wine because I DO NOT believe in severe deprivation (and I am NOT pregnant or breastfeeding). But I am not drinking any sweetened or diet beverages or juices. Consequently I am drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day, which also contributes to that general feeling of well-being.
My exercise log has motivated me to raise the bar on my workouts and to keep them consistent. Only I see the log but I guess I like impressing myself because I definitely push myself to do an extra 10 or 15 minutes just to be able to write it down. It feels good to look over the week’s activity and see myself as active and vibrant.
Strategy for Week 2: Keep up the food journaling and exercise log, and introduce jogging to my fitness routine. Running has always been my nemesis. I am ready to confront it head-on.
Join me in this journey. Share your experiences here in the comments section below and on the Baby Weight facebook page. www.facebook.com/babyweightfitness