Well, it’s officially been a whole week. I’ve surprised myself with how disciplined I’ve been. That’s always been an issue of mine – I have no self control. That’s not just with food either, I also burn through money given half the chance. The amount of stuff (aka crap) I’ve bought off CatchOfTheDay over the past three years is unbelievable. I’ve also never been very self-motivated away from work. At work I could motivate myself to do almost anything (even waking up at 5.30am to go in and do stocktake once a month), but the second I got home, all that went out the window. I had no motivation to cook a proper meal (hence the take away I’d get on a very regular basis) and no motivation (or energy) to exercise. I will admit, when I eventually land another job, I’m worried I’ll fall into the same trap, but I’ll cross that bridge when it comes. For right now, I’m sticking with this lifestyle change.
I guess the best moment I’ve had this week is checking how I tracked overall in MyFitnessPal and seeing this.
Look at that! Almost bang on target! My calorie intake never strayed more than a couple of hundred over either, and for the most part also stayed right on the app’s recommendation. I’m so proud of this in particular because previously when I’ve counted calories, it was always next to no protein and hugely over in carbs. I’ve really made an effort to plan my meals and make sure I’m eating the right kinds of food and the right portions. Like a lot of people, I really struggle with potion control, and even now I’m still adjusting to it but I think it’s getting better.
I’ve also made it a goal to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in a day. For the most part I’ve been hitting 40 minutes, with the exception of two days where I only managed 20, but they were harder workouts. I’ve found my Apple watch incredibly helpful with all this, as the fitness tracker in it works beautifully. It monitors step count, calories burnt, time exercised, heart rate and distance. I’m averaging over 3kms each day in exercise, which I know isn’t record breaking, but considering just a week ago I was lucky to make 1000 steps each day, it’s definitely an improvement.
Unfortunately the scales still aren’t being too friendly, and I’ve only lost about half a kilo, which is still better than nothing but given my weight has always fluctuated by 2 or 3kgs isn’t great. I’m not going to let that bring me down though. Even if the weigh only comes off slowly, it’s better than not coming off at all, and I know I’m going to feel better for the diet change and exercise anyway.
Bring on week two!