Good morning! I’ve been getting up early, even on the weekends. I was up at 5 am today. I feel rested, so I’m just needing less sleep lately. That is fine. I like being a morning person and waking up early naturally.
I believe it is due to the reduction of the last two of my medications. I feel clearer-headed and not so drowsy. I’ve been feeling great overall, actually. Things have never been better.
Also, my mood is better. I’m almost always in a good mood and often in a great mood. I’m just really happy.
And I’ve lost some weight 🙂 I’ve lost 5 of the 7 pounds that I gained over the winter in the last 6 weeks! I have simply cut back on my portions gradually. Maintenance is a learning process, and eventually I’ll “get it.”
In fact, just this week I realized how much better I feel when I’m not bloated and feeling sick from eating a big meal. I actually feel better when my stomach is empty than when it is overly full. Which, my meals used to be really big, so when I ate, I always felt crappy afterwards, especially because of my GI issues (I get stomach pain and other symptoms when I eat too much in one sitting). And eating fast and taking big bites doesn’t help either, because my stomach doesn’t digest food as well as it should.
So I’ve cut back a little more on the meat at breakfast and dinner to help reduce the overly full/bloated feeling. I was definitely eating more meat than I should have at dinner, and I had an upset stomach every night from it.
So, for example, instead of 3 eggs and 3 bacon at breakfast, I’m eating 2 of each (plus veggies), and instead of 2 hamburgers at dinner, I’m eating only 1. I feel better on these smaller portions and I feel that they are more normal in size for a woman (women need less protein than men). I have not reduced my veggies or changed my lunch meal, because lunch is only a salad with protein on top (usually fish or seafood) and not overly filling.
So I feel like I’m getting control over how much I eat, and the fact that I feel better having less food in my stomach has allowed me to be fine with eating less and more aware of how much food I actually need. Even better, it has helped rid me of my food addiction (finally!). Food is less important and tantalizing to me. I feel that this is a turning point in my health journey…and a very significant one.
I never thought I would be completely free from my food addiction, but now I think it’s possible. I’m not convinced yet that I’m completely free from it, because it’s only been a week of this new lifestyle and perspective, but once I see it go on for longer with consistency, I will know for sure.
I have come so far physically and mentally as a result of this weight loss journey. One example is that I enjoy exercising now and I want to do it regularly. In fact, I feel bad physically when I’m sedentary. I get aches and pains when I’ve been sitting for too long or haven’t worked out in a few days. When this happens, I crave a workout.
It’s amazing how even just a 10 minute workout a day is enough. I’ve gotten my husband into working out too, and I’ve told him this tip. Everyone can fit a 10 minute workout into their day! It makes such a difference.
We have enough time to do anything we want to do…we just need to make the time for it. We do what is most important to us. If we say that we don’t have time to do something, it’s actually that it is not important enough to us to make the time for it. It’s not that we don’t have enough time; we are simply not making time for it.
I’ve been training for the races that I’ll be doing this spring, summer, and fall. I’m working on increasing my distance and my pace. I’m seeing improvements. I want to do a 10K race (I’ve only done 5Ks so far), which is 6 miles. I’m up to running 5 miles right now – non-stop. I can’t believe I’ve done this. I’ve just been increasing my one weekly long run by 1/2 mile each week, so it’s been doable and not noticeable.
I’m also doing one 3-mile run during the week as a short run to keep my body in shape for running. I hope to do another shorter run with my husband sometime to help him improve his running.
3 runs a week is the most I would do. I can’t run two days in a row or else I will start getting chronic hip or knee pain. So I have to limit my running, but I also have to run enough to stay in shape for it and progress with it. This schedule seems to work good for me.
Until next time…