I am moving along my journey to weight loss and healthier living. I have completed the first week. The most difficult part about this week were the headaches, because I was coming down from my simple carbohydrates intake. Sheesh!
If you have ever done a detox or cut your sugar/caffeine/carbohydrate (white flour, etc.) intake you know what I mean. Your body is adjusting to the change. I have chosen not to delete coffee from my repertoire of foods, it’s the one vice I refuse to abolish. No worries, because the worst of it is the caffeine addiction. I drink my coffee without any sweetener and fat free half and half.
I drink water every day. No specific amount, just as my body needs it to stay hydrated. I don’t drink any calories outside my coffee. It’s a waste.
I have, however, significantly cut out white starches. I have not totally rid them from my diet, at least not yet. It’s a process. But I have incorporated more complex and fiber rich carbs into my diet.
Complex carbs are better for you and your metabolism. Simple carbs turn into sugar, which eventually makes you store more fat. That is the simplest explanation I can give not being physician or nutritionist.
Also, I don’t eat fried foods. Although I did make one exception when I attended a function this week. They had fried wings and I did eat one. If I am ever in a situation with limited options I try to minimize my intake as much as possible (portion control). I ate a lot of vegetable this week, mostly salads. I typically eat green vegetable because they have more nutritional value and low calories. I averaged about 1500 calories per day.
I did not incorporate any exercise other than tracking my steps. I averaged about 5,000 steps a day. My goal is to get back to at least 10,000 steps a day and incorporate some type of cardio program.
My week wasn’t perfect, but neither is life. I did have a slice of cake and some cookies when I attended a birthday party for a relative. I used portion control to minimize my calorie intake. As the weeks go on, my journey will become more difficult because my body will begin to adapt to the changes. I’m taking it one day at a time and will adjust my practices when the time comes.
I started out at 197.8, and as of 3/29/14 I’m at 194.6. That’s a 3.2 lbs. reduction. I’m not throwing confetti just yet, but I am happy with the loss. I realize, having been down this road before, the initial weight loss is always significant, and a lot of water weight. But, I’m on the right track. Hope this helps motivate or encourage someone who is thinking about or doing their own program. I will get to doing my measurements in the near future. I have been slacking on that front.
My partner at Liberated Mommy had success as well, so go check her out this week. Until next week, thoughtful eating and keep moving:)