Time to reflect. What a month! I am so excited to have completed it, except for that one flub. I blame The Flaming Lips and my lack of self-control. Ruined a perfect game with 4 beers. Ok, not going to dwell on it. Here is what I’ve noticed after 30 days.
I have lost 12 pounds! I have not felt this good about myself in a long time. I know I have a way to go, seeing as I’d like to lose a total of 40 pounds, but I’m off to a good start.
I hate waking up in the morning. HATE IT. But I have found that I feel much better in the mornings. Not as cloudy as before. I so wish I was one of those people who could wake up at 6:00 am, exercise, and then get ready for work at 8:00 am. However, I am not that person. Maybe that will be my next goal. At least then I’d exercise more regularly.
Speaking of exercise, I have actually had the motivation and energy to exercise after work. I mentioned that I wanted to use the Zombies Run! app on my iPhone, and it is actually really fun! While I can’t yet run for long periods of time, I am walking really fast and varying the incline on my treadmill for at least 35 minutes. I’ve also started using an old school The Firm set of videos and weights. My arms look like ham hocks and using the weights will help. A Crossfit gym just opened in my town too, and once I get to a point where my weight will not hold me back from doing those intense exercises, I plan to join. Hopefully in a couple months.
I don’t have cravings for sweets. I’ve even started taking my coffee black! I used to put two Truvia packets in my coffee every morning, but after reading about the effect that artificial sweeteners have on insulin, I decided just to get used to taking it black. I feel like a hard core coffee drinker now. I can’t say I won’t ever have any real ice cream or chocolate, but to be honest, I don’t miss them!
I have reduced my Diet Cokes to about 2 per day. I know this is still bad (and hypocritical, seeing as I ousted Truvia from my coffee), but I’ve been drinking more water because I feel like my body WANTS it. It’s also 103 degrees outside, so water is pretty darn tasty right now.
Remember how I drank 4 beers that night? Ok, ok, not dwelling… After that night though, I noticed significant changes. Bloating, sluggishness, and (TMI) big differences in the frequency of my visits to the ladies’ room, the urgency and pain were quite uncomfortable. So, perhaps I’m the one, not the hubs, who has a gluten sensitivity. I read somewhere that your allergies can change every 7 years (or is that hair color?). Perhaps when I was about 28 was when I developed a slight intolerance. Who knows. All I know is that I am much more comfortable after getting back on the gluten-free wagon. Thanks, Paleo!
Finally, I realized that a lot of my poor habits came from my lack of self-control and tendency to drink alcohol. I feel like I am an average drinker for the town I live in. Looking back, I’d go to happy hour and have several beers without food, grab some beer and go back to the house, then order chicken wings (seriously, the best food on the planet) and sandwiches, only to wake up feeling like ass, hungover and unable to function at work. Then I’d say something like, “I just want a big ol’ hamburger with beans and fries from Handy Andy” and have no qualms about it because I felt like it would make me feel better (this didn’t happen every day, but enough for me to feel like crap a few times a month. And we all know that hangovers increase in pain as we get older…). I created a vicious cycle of poor habits, and after this month it has given me a renewed sense of self and what is good for me.
Thank you to everyone who has commented or liked my posts! It really helped to read your blogs and hear what you have to say about your own lifestyle and what works for you! I also feel like I was accountable to y’all – so thank YOU!
I plan to keep up this blog as I cook, exercise, and maybe even make some mistakes. I look forward to having y’all on this journey and learning more and more about how to get myself into a place I love.