Week Seven Update

This post features pics of my furry boyfriend.

Today marks the middle of my seventh week of a refocused effort to improve my health and well being on my Journey to Wellness. I think the seventh week is my danger zone. With previous attempts, I would make it through six weeks but then start falling off the wagon in week seven.

I think focusing on the changes I have made can help get through this:

  • Hired a lifestyle coach; my program started March 20.
  • Stopped eating processed foods (refined carbohydrates/sugar).
  • Started cardio exercise and resistance training.
  • Quit my 365 Project.
  • Bought a Fitbit.

I’ve plateaued and have been stuck for four weeks. After the initial 10-pound/inches lost in the first two weeks (water weight), I’m hovering around the same 3 pound/inches range. I’m getting anxious about this, but my coach is still unconcerned. Prior to hiring a coach and starting this program I had been learning about the benefits of intermittent fasting. As an aging woman, it may be what I need to do if I continue seeing zero changes.

While physical changes aren’t happening, mental/psychological changes are! This happens every time I return to eating clean. I start moving away from What Not Well Feels Like and my outlook and demeanor shift toward more positive notes; I’m more outgoing, energized by being around people, willing to take risks and try new things, and happier overall. I also spend less of my spare time in front of screens.

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What Not Well *Looks* Like (hiding in the corners)

Except right now, well, this week actually. I haven’t exercised at all, I’m generally grumpy, and I want Five Guys and a pint of Cherry Garcia. I’m suspecting hormones—I hate them—or some weird biological seven-week timer that’s had it after six weeks.

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I just can’t even.

Today’s Wellness Wednesday Wisdom is perfect for where I’m at right now.

“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”

I’ll keep on swimming tomorrow, or the next day, maybe even the day after that.

I WILL keep on swimming.

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Isn’t he so cute?

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Is Your Life Living You?

Catalysts for making changes in our lives vary from one person to the next, as well as for each person. It could be a life changing event or something as normal as when a parent becomes an empty nester (me, right now).

The steps outlined in this TED article are an excellent tool to help guide through the process of deciding whether or not to make a life change. Even if a catalyst hasn’t presented itself, the opportunity to make changes is ever present. Start by asking yourself, “Lying on my death bed, in the last few moments of my life, what will I regret NOT doing?”

Life is short, people. There is never a better time than now. Don’t let your life live you.

Here’s something you might want to consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do, says productivity guru Tim Ferriss. To do or not to do? To try or not to try? Most people will vote no, whether they consider themselves brave or not. Uncertainty and…

via How to push past your biggest anxieties and act — ideas.ted.com

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I’m in the middle of week five with my lifestyle coach. I’ve lost 10 pounds and about as many inches from chest to thighs. Week one started out great, but cut me down quickly with the beginnings of a sore throat Thursday evening. I was full-blown sick during week two—I attributed it to my body responding to the changes in my diet, something like a “carb flu“—and on Tuesday of week three, I went to the doctor. I had a sinus infection!

I’m doing great with what I’m eating—I’ve been dairy, gluten, and sugar free for 30 days now—not so much with the meal schedule. I’m supposed to eat five meals a day and I haven’t accomplished that yet. My coach isn’t concerned I’m not getting enough food because my body is responding. Right now, this is my favorite meal: roasted sweet potatoes, chicken (seasoned with smoked paprika and lime), spinach, and avocado. So good and yummy!

I’m also not doing great with eating at the same times each day, much less getting up at the same time each day, or even exercising daily.

On Tuesday of week four, I stopped my 365 Project. It occurred to me that I had successfully committed to a daily habit for 132 days—a commitment that does not support my health goals. As I have a bad habit of choosing the easier and more fun things to do, leaving the “should dos” to pile up around me, I thought it best to be happy that I could commit to a daily habit and then redirect my time and energy to activities that will help me achieve my health goals.

On Thursday of week four I ordered my first Fitbit, it arrived on Friday, and I love it! What a great tool to encourage more movement!

Although right now I feel like I’m taking two steps forward, then one step back, I am making progress and it is a thing to acknowledge and be inspired by.

Just keep swimming!