It has been a super busy week and I am finally able to sit down, relax and share with everyone, my first week in this lifestyle change that I have begun. It was an easy week, I must say, but I know from experience that the first week is always the easiest and then it continues to get harder until it becomes second nature. I apologize in advance for how long this post may be. I know it might be a long read, but I love that I can come here and share my experiences week to week.
As I said above, this week was very easy for me. I was motivated, I was energized and ready to go. I did some sort of exercise every day this week and stayed on my diet change with only one small mishap. When I went to my appointment to see my Nurse Practitioner, she gave me a ton of information to help me. I was told to work out 4 days a week for 1 hour and for the other 3 days I am not working out, I need to do some form of exercise. This can be going for a walk, taking the stairs in my apartment instead of the elevator, parking far away in a parking lot and walking to the store. Just small amounts of exercise that still keeps me motivated. I am on my 3rd day of working out and my 4th will be on Sunday. I have gone on walks and taken the stairs and I truly believe every little thing counts.
My biggest issue when starting this was going to the gym. I am easily intimidated when I see other people there who already look amazing. I am not saying I look horrible, but I am not where I want to be at obviously. However, I have to remember that going to a gym and working out is the best thing I can do for my body. It’s easy to slack off and do nothing, which I was doing for the longest time, but it takes work to go and get your body working. There are other people working out who are bigger than me and I applaud them for going out of their comfort zone to become healthier. It makes it easier when we are aiming for the same goal.
My other concern with the gym is not knowing how to use machines properly. I tend to avoid the weight machines mainly because I don’t know how to use them. But, I need them to tone up and gain muscle. Thankfully, my sister works at the gym I go to and it makes easier it for me to ask her questions and understand what each machine does. With this being day 3, I can say I am much more comfortable going and doing what I need to do. Also, I have to remember that I am working out for 1 hour out of my 24-hour day…I can do it!
With my diet, this is a bit harder. This will be a work in progress, but I know I will get the hang of it soon. When it comes to losing weight, diet is 80% and exercise is 20%. Obviously, diet plays a big part, which many people don’t know about. Eating properly and cutting out any bad food will allow you to see results faster. I have completely cut out any fast food restaurants including my beloved Tim Hortons :(. I am sticking to only drinking water and if I want a tea, I am only putting in milk. My coffee has been completely eliminated, but with my increased water intake, I have been finding that I don’t need a coffee anymore. As well, any juices or pop has completely been eliminated.
When it comes to actually eating, I have increased my fruits and veggies while cutting back on carbs. This includes bread, pasta, and all that yummy good stuff. I have reduced my salt and sugar intake as well. A lot of my meals consists of protein, fruits, vegetables and some dairy products. I love green vegetables, so this helps a lot when I need something to snack on. With my dairy products, I have switched out my regular yogurt with greek yogurt and I am trying to get down to skim milk, as it is healthier.
The hardest thing for me is my cravings. I love chocolate and sweet things, which is really hard to resist sometimes. I had one chocolate granola bar but felt guilty afterward. When I crave chocolate, I have dark chocolate on hand and I will eat 1 or 2 pieces to satisfy the urge. I am trying to be strict on myself with this diet because the moment I slip up and let myself eat whatever, is the day I won’t go back to my diet. Now that it is day 5 of this journey, I find it easier than I did a few days ago. I am able to resist a bit more and I am confident that this will continue to get better.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and for anyone who is looking for motivation, I hope this has helped. I am planning on doing a meal plan post once I get it all sorted out. I am excited to keep going and I have to say that this time around, it just feels different. I feel like this is finally the time things will change for me.
If any of you have questions or comments, please let me know in the comment section. Thank you for reading any I am going to leave you all with this quote I found on Pinterest.