Progress Update – as of May 26, 2014

Once again, I have no scale. What is irritating is that I am staying in yet another house that has a scale, BUT it is broken, ugh! Oh well, what can you do? I will be home in 8 days, so I can weigh myself then. 

What I Did Well This Week:
1) I have been doing well at saying “no” to certain foods, I think. I am not saying no permanently, but rather I am trying to pay attention to what I eat during the day and make good choices. For example, if I have ice cream after lunch, then I really don’t need to have pie after supper. I think that my problem in the past has been “moderation is key!” but then not actually moderating myself. So right now I am trying to restrict myself to one “treat” a day, so that I don’t overindulge. Sometimes I feel like “oh yes, I need some cake now” but realistically, that cake (or ice cream or bag of chips or whatever) will be there tomorrow too. 

What I Can Improve On:
1) Exercise! I haven’t been exercising as much as I would like, so obviously that’s something that I should work on. I have been walking on this trip, but I haven’t been doing any weight training or anything, so that is something I really want to get back to when I get home. 
2) Eating right, as always. Always room for improvement there! 

How I Feel:
I feel pretty good, but I am anxious to get back home. I am hoping that I kept the weight off that I lost initially. I think I did pretty well, but I don’t know for sure. I haven’t been able to weigh myself much, so I’m going off how my clothes fit me and they haven’t been getting tighter (if anything, they’re getting looser) so I think that’s a great sign. We’ll see! 

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Changes So Far

I thought I would do a post about the changes that I have noticed in my life since I have started exercising and eating healthier. It has only been (almost) 3 weeks, so the changes aren’t huge, but even small, noticeable changes are encouraging! 

1) I can breathe! For most of my life, I have been plagued with chronic allergic rhinitis. Basically, that means that the tissue in my nose and sinuses is chronically swollen due to allergens in the air (ie animal dander, pollen, dust, mold etc.) and that most of the time, I can only breathe through one nostril. On the worst days, I sometimes can’t even breathe through my nose at all. I do have medication, but the side effects can be unpleasant (dry mouth, headaches), so it’s not the best. 

Much to my surprise, exercising every day has allowed me to breathe. It’s really quite amazing to be able to breathe without feeling like I’m not getting enough air. I didn’t expect this, so it’s been an amazing bonus! 

2) My skin is getting better. I have never really had bad skin, per se, but I am very fair, so any blemishes that I have had leave red marks that linger afterwards for, literally, years. I don’t know whether it’s the eating healthier or the extra water I’m drinking or the exercise (although probably, it’s all three) but astonishingly, many of those red marks have faded in just the few weeks I’ve been on this path. 

3) I am stronger and fitter. It has only been 3 weeks, so it’s not like I’m going to be running a marathon anytime soon, but I am finding that my treadmill routine is getting just a little bit easier to do every week, which is so exciting. I also find that certain weight-training exercises (such as planks, which I HATE) are getting easier. I am doing the Beginner #1 strength-training routine from “The Biggest Loser Fitness Program” book and I am also finding it easier each week, so fairly soon I will have to switch to the next routine. (There are 9 in all.) 

4) I mentioned this in my last blog post, but my pants appear to be looser than normal, even with a belt, which is exciting! Huzzah for losing inches! 

Exciting stuff!