Hi lovely people. You may notice that I’ve gone from “Day 4” to “Week 2” and it might seem a little all over the place. I have just decided that instead of making every post on my blog about Fitness, I’m going to do a weekly update on my progress and leave it at that. My weight loss journey blog posts will now be every Saturday.
So at the beginning of the week, I wasn’t feeling good about myself at all. I made the mistake of stepping on the scale every morning and it wasn’t going my way. I’d either maintained weight or gained a pound. Every day weigh-ins USED to work for me when I had better metabolism and a different lifestyle but now it puts negative pressure on me and over the years I’ve turned into a softy. I cry over anything and yup, I cried over gaining 1lb haha. Once I calmed down and stopped behaving so irrationally, I realised that there are plenty of explanations for my weight to go up or stay the same and it doesn’t mean that I’m not making any progress.
So to save me from stressing out about a number, I’ve decided to just step on the scale once or twice a week. It’s good to have somewhat of a clue on how you’re doing but there is really no need to obsess. My entire thoughts were consumed by how much I weigh. That’s not healthy. The weight will drop if I continue to do what I’m doing.
My eating habits are still good. I haven’t really been cheating. My version of “Cheating” is allowing myself to have chips, salsa, and guacamole once a week but even with those, I do portion control. My only downfall is sodium. If it wasn’t for MyFitnessPal yelling at me, I’d be going over on my daily limit. Thankfully because of the app, I haven’t done but I need to be more aware of high-sodium foods.
I’ve been eating a lot of protein. As someone who leads a plant-based diet, it’s important to make sure I’m getting the right nutrients.
I’m loving it. I’m honestly really enjoying leading a healthier lifestyle. Food has always been my downfall and now I feel like I’m finally learning how to eat well but still enjoy it.
I’ve managed to fit in more runs this week. Some with the baby, some without. I’ve also been upping the intensity on my Elliptical workouts and I’m excited to say that yesterday I FINALLY purchased a Kettlebell. I work out a lot, but that’s just cardio. I love running and I do it because I enjoy it but as far as strength/weights go, I’m not a fan but I decided that it’s time. It’s time to shape my body into how I want it to look, not just get skinny. I want to tone my arms and I want my legs back to the way they were a few years ago.
I did some research on Kettlebells and the impact they have on your body and it left me wondering why I hadn’t got one sooner. I got mine at Target. I decided to go with 15lbs in weight. I was comfortable squatting with 20lbs or more but I knew it would wreck my back, especially seeing as I’m new to Kettlebell workouts so I played it safe. When I got home, I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to safely use the Kettlebells and then off I went for ten minutes. I really enjoyed it. Ten minutes was enough for my first try. I stuck to Kettlebell Swings and Sit Ups for my first go then continued on with cardio. I felt great when I woke up this morning. Sore, but not an “I’ve just wrecked my back” kinda sore haha.
Although the week was off to a rocky start, I feel good about myself. The weight isn’t going to just shed in a couple of weeks. The key to all this is just to remain positive and not stress out over it but continue on and not give in. You have to trust and enjoy the process. The impact all this is having on my life is great so far. For example, I’ve got more confidence. Confidence to go after the things that I want. I’m pushing myself to succeed. It may not be showing yet, but in my head I know I’m doing a lot better than I was a few weeks ago.
Anyway, I’m going to stop yapping on. I have breakfast to eat. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
TOTAL WEIGHT LOST SINCE DAY ONE – 5lbs
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK – 1.4LBS