This week I found out many things about myself. I am mentally stronger than I give myself credit for, I love the feeling of endorphin rush I get from exercising (I already knew this), food preparation is not that difficult if you plan ahead and make it as simple as possible to match your lifestyle, substitutions are a learning process, hunger is NOT a bad thing, in opening myself up to people and making myself vulnerable, I have found there are many, many out there like me. See? Those are all progressions. Progress has to start in your head before they start in your body.
I also learned that when you change your lifestyle, you have to change your whole life or at least be open to any changes that may occur in your life. If you're not happy in any aspect of your life (ANY) then this is the time to change it; whether it is physical, mental, career or personal. There were also definite physical changes that happened this week. Energy; it went soaring through the roof. I don't mean that when I woke up I was dancing up a storm and doing some sort of cheer but with every passing day I was optimistic and happy and ready for any new challenges throughout the day. Did I get hangry, do some cursing (as I am known for my trucker mouth around here) or slug around some moments? Definitely! I allowed myself to have these MOMENTS and moved on. What I did do differently though this week, is really throw myself into my family and I mean I really allowed myself to be present with them, while playing and talking and just have good ol' fashion bonding, quality time with them.
Okay, okay, I know you want to know about the statistics, so here they come. With it being time of month week, I still expected the scale to show for it, as I knew it was going to be a water waste week. What does that mean? It means that for the next 2 weeks, mostly water with some fat will be leaving my body and this will account for the huge number loss on the scale and the small measurement loss. As I stepped onto the scale, heart racing because I hate the scale, the number dropped (dramatic pause) ...... 8 pounds (this will account for the water drop) and the measurements around my bust, waist and hips dropped one inch each (this will account for the fat loss). I am definitely on my way! I am also a realist and I know next week's numbers may be the same in the measurements and will definitely decrease on the scale. It is impossible to drop that amount of weight each week (forget about what you see on the Biggest Loser – IT’S NOT REAL!) unless you stop eating completely and even at that, your body holds on to even water and you run the risk of twitches, heart palpitations, low libido, low energy and eventual organ shut down, which can and will result in hospitalization and even death. Let's be safe about our challenges!
My own mental challenge will come on week 3 when the scale number will barely change, but we will deal with that bridge when we cross it.
Until Next Time,
Live From the Inside Out,