So, I’m three days into my health kick. I’ve been eating well, monitoring my calories (I know that’s not an ideal way to lose weight, but I find it helps to track what I’m eating and plan ahead) and exercising. Not exercising as much as I’d like, I’ll admit, but moreso than normal (which up until recently, was none at all). The scales haven’t started reflecting the change but I’m not going to let that worry me just yet – it’s early days!
I felt okay for the first two days. Not really any different to normal. Today, though, I felt lethargic, easily stressed and found it hard to focus. On top of that, I started getting a migraine around midday, which isn’t completely unusual for me, but I haven’t had one in awhile. I believe this is my body having sugar withdrawals, and it isn’t fun. The only sugar I’ve had for three days is natural stuff in fruit, and I guess my body knew it wasn’t what it was used to.
I know this is potentially only the beginning of the adjustments my body is going to go through, and while I’m not looking forward to it if it’s anything like today, I know it needs to happen. As much as it sucks, it tells me that my diet is having an effect, even if the scales haven’t picked up on it yet.
So far, I haven’t been overly tempted to eat sugar or fatty foods. Oh sure, I see donuts or chocolate at the grocery store and think for a second how easy it would be to grab it, but I know if I’m going to have any success this time around, that I can’t do that, even if realistically one thing here or there won’t hurt. As soon as I let myself have one of those moments, everything starts to fall apart. I know at some point I’m going to have to cross that bridge when I’m out with friends, but I feel that the longer I can completely avoid it, the better off I’ll be.
I’m actually a little surprised that I haven’t had cravings. That was a lot of my eating issue – I live by myself, and if I felt like eating something and I got it into my head that I wanted it, then I’d go out and buy it. While I was heavy prior to living alone, I feel like it has exacerbated the problem because nobody is there to say “that’s not a good idea” or give disapproving looks. Not that it’s up to anyone else as to what I put into my mouth, but it certainly helped to worry that someone is judging you when you binge eat ice cream or order in a pizza. This is why I have to be super careful not to fall off the wagon, and why I’m going to keep writing updates. It helps to keep myself in check!
More updates to come =)