Well, It has been 7 days since I blogged my intent to lose 10 years of weight gain even thought I have been trying for some time. I am so grateful for the amount of support I have gained over just the past few days! It has been 7 days and I am feeling pretty good, stiff but good! I have been doing more workouts and pushing myself further than I have in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I would eat the crap out of a bacon cheeseburger right now but I know I would be so mad at myself if I gave in already!
The first thing I have noticed is the importance of breakfast. I have never been one for breakfast and have avoided it for years. This has probably been one of the many catalysts for my weight gain. I know everyone always says, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” and “Don’t skip breakfast, you will just overeat later!” No, I didn’t overeat today but when I went out this morning with D for my morning walk/jog, I was sluggish. Going uphill was harder than it has been. I walked 2 miles and felt like I was hit by a truck! Even worse, after I sat for a bit, I was stiff and sore. To anyone trying to lose calories and think if you skip breakfast you’ll have more calories for later, you’re wrong! Eat breakfast Every. Day!
Drink water. As much as possible, drink water. In the past, I have pushed water aside and drank diet soda and diet juice for so long. This only makes you thirsty. I now wake and need to drink water immediately. I wake up and drink about 25 ounces first thing. This wakes me up and gets me moving more than a cup (or three) of coffee. I LOVE coffee but I now drink it because I want to not because I have to.
Get an outfit that you feel comfortable in. If you have a shirt that is too tight you will spend half your workout messing with your shirt instead of focusing on keeping your core tight or your shoulders back. Get something that fits comfortably but also something you have confidence wearing! It is so much easier to get up and work out when you feel good about yourself!
Do not push yourself too hard right off the bat. If you do that, you can burn out fast! I have done this countless times. In the past, I would be so excited to lose weight for a couple days. I would work out twice a day and eat just veggies and protein. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I not only ate everything in sight but I stopped working all together! This just doesn’t make sense! Everything in moderation! Workouts, meals, rest. Find what works for you! It is something I have learned you have to work up to. For me, if I cut everything all at once, I am setting myself up for failure!
Disclaimer: Don’t forget, I am no doctor. I have no degree saying this is scientifically accurate. I just know me and what works or doesn’t work for my body. Please take any positive motivation to get healthier. For yourself, for your family, for your sanity. For whatever your reason why, DO IT! I have many reasons why exercise and eating right will help me. My motivation and my drive comes from my family. I want to run with my kids and not have to worry about not being able to keep up. I want to teach them what being healthy really means so they can live a long and fruitful life as well. Being a good example is just as important to me as living a healthy lifestyle for myself.
To anyone out there running slower than a snail and really wanting that bacon cheeseburger, hang in there! Next month, when you feel better and stronger and have more energy and you will be so grateful that you didn’t give up!