A Promise To Myself – 1 Month On
Well time certainly flies, and it has been 4 weeks since I began working on my promise to myself – of finding a healthier me!
It has been small steps, because what I had not mentioned before in my first post was the fact that I have also been contending with lower back pain. It’s a long story so I won’t go into it, but it meant I had to do things a lot differently this time round and extensive HIT exercises had to be shelved for now. Wisdom dictates a slow and steady pace right now and as someone said to me ‘You only have one back,’ and its amazing how much of your life and day is affected once you become limited/restrained in movement.
I have learnt a lot about myself over these past weeks, one thing being, I did not realise how much I thought about food. Seriously!
I can’t tell you how often I hear these intense open questions in my thoughts:-
What about a……?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have….?
I realised that these questions would come along even when I have eaten and the truth be told I wasn’t hungry. However, for what ever reason, my stomach wasn’t registering it was full either. These questions would then be followed by my imagination, eating something sweet, having crisps, or cake, etc. I recognised, this was the undisciplined side of me. To eat just for the sake of eating, not because I was hungry. So this is one pattern I need to change if I am to be successful. At the end of the day, I want a changed lifestyle. I want a weight that I sustain in a healthy way for the rest of my life, not fluctuating one.
I know enough to understand that weight-loss is 80% about what I eat and how I eat, so that is the greatest challenge.
I have been exercising too. I had to start at the basics, and slow and basic steps were not easy for me, as I love high intensity training, spinning and boxing, but for now these things were out of the question. So where do you start? I found some basic Yoga sessions on YouTube, that’s what I did. As simple as the moves were, I found them far from easy but it was a start and helped in strengthening my back and me generally. Its funny, but I did not realise how out of line I was until I started Yoga, nor how much my posture was out just in standing and walking. I have added some other basic exercise now to my routine and I am feeling the benefits of exercising for just 30-40 minutes about 4 times each week. I make sure I have rest days in between which helps too.
To weigh myself I use body composition scales. These take other factors into account other than weight. It looks at muscle mass, bone mass, hydration levels, visceral fat, body age indication, ( so you may in reality be 25 but your body indicates that of 32 year old), BMI. So far I have lost 3 inches from my waist which I am really pleased about:-) as well as an inch from my hips. I have lost 1% in body fat and gained some more muscle and improved my hydration percentage. I have a long way to go on journey, but I have been encouraged by seeing some degree of change and improvement in my stats each week.
It’s still very much about changing my thinking, my random impulsive thoughts and poor habits including maintaining my healthy shopping. So here’s to the coming weeks:-)
If you are on a health and well-being journey, I wish you well and any tips or encouragement is welcomed:-)
Be the change you want to be and here’s to finding the better you.
Aquene7 = Peace