Well friends, it’s been a bit over a week of the Weight Loss Challenge and, here’s a surprise, I actually feel really good!
You know, minus the fact that my body hurts in a different place every day. Or that I drool every time I pass a Stan’s Donuts. But real talk, I haven’t had the sugar detox headaches I normally get, so I’d consider that a win! In fact, let’s go over the Pros and Cons of this wonderfully stupid journey (cuz y’all know I love a good list)
- my clothes fit a bit better
- I have more energy
- I sleep better (albeit some weird dreams I’ve been having)
- I’m SO MUCH LESS GASSY (you’re welcome, Wrigley)
- I feel more confident in my body, how I look, etc.
- I’m getting stronger, I can feel it
- I’ve been cooking a lot of new, easy, healthy recipes
- I’ve simplified this aspect of my life by planning ahead
- I am getting back into a gym routine and get excited about going
- I AM THIS MUCH CLOSER TO $1,000
- Everything will be baggy/uncomfortable until I can afford new digs
- I want to get everything done at once and need to pace myself
- Sleeping better means wanting to sleep longer means snooze button 4ever
- My bowels are still getting used to all this healthy stuff…
- This negative voice in my head that tries to sabotage my hard work rears it’s ugly head and makes me feel like crap every once in a while
- My body is in a constant state of mild pain thanks to the cardio/strength training I’ve been doing 5-6 times a week. Ow.
- Lots more cooking = LOTS more dishes. But as my dude said, “that’s just more time off the couch!” Yeah. True. Thanks.
- Planning ahead is fantastic for Future Me. It’s a lot of work for Present Me.
- Deciding what I’m going to spend $1,000 is HARD.
I’ve also made a big change and decided to save some money by quitting Weight Watchers and am now shifting my concentration to MyFitnessPal, where I can track for free, their database of foods is much larger, and I like their community a lot more (less whiny people). Plus, I appreciate their breakdown of my macros and nutrients and adding in my workout calories. Guys, I EAT SO MUCH SODIUM. It’s ridiculous. It’s not good.
On a similar note, I looked up “sad Oprah” on giphy.com for an appropriate reaction and felt the need to share all of the great ones. She truly is a goddess.
So right now, I’m in the “New Program, New Start” mentality, and it feels great. This is the part where I’m excited about a new change, everything seems easy, and I feel very in control. Here’s the rub: this has happened twice on WW and lasted about 6 months at most. And then something stressful happens like a show, a job, moving, etc, and it throws me off completely, like the light was immediately burned out. I don’t WANT that to happen, and I’m going to do my damnedest to avoid that, but there is this fear that the other shoe will eventually drop.
Which is why I want to focus on one day at a time. It helped me when I stopped drinking, it keeps me grounded in my relationships, and it allows me to concentrate on what I can control and work on NOW instead of stressing about the “what ifs” that could happen in the future. If I can dedicate my energy and focus onto today, then I can let the future fall into place how it is meant to. That doesn’t mean I won’t run into road blocks, and I can prepare myself as much as possible for them, but it might still throw me off course. That’s okay. Life happens. I just need to enjoy the NOW.
Keep it real, kids.