Week 44, Day 308:
If you are undergoing a health & wellness life change (as I am), a weight loss journey, then be sure to listen to this: take a break once and a while.
Something I learned this week is that my body gets tired and when it does I have serious issues with how it reacts. I'll have stomach troubles, seem less energized, tired, irritable, etc. And not only will this affect my physical self, but mentally and emotionally I feel down-trodden, worn. "Like butter spread to thin on a piece of toast." It's important to relax, if anything to let your body heal. Exercise is a stress on your body. Combine that with work stress, home stress - and you have a great mixture of STRESS that will wear you down.
Sleep is the number one reason I got run down this week. It was a new wake up schedule due to school starting for my daughter, and I hadn't quite gotten used to the routine. Then Saturday morning I was up before dawn which left me exhausted. I came home and slept, ate dinner, watched a movie, and then went to bed early (on a Saturday night!). I also allowed myself to eat on this day. Not overboard and not sparingly, just enough to not really worry. Sunday I woke up feeling renewed energy and a lower weigh in than before.
This morning I was able to wake up and get going without feeling groggy, tired, irritable. I did an extended workout and feel great to my new start to the week. (Monday morning workouts always make my week seem brighter.) Morning workouts also make it possible for me to fit in some strength training, which I will set aside some time for tonight. If I can't do the full 40 minutes, I'll at least get 10-20 minutes in.
So as of this morning I'm at a total of 53 lbs lost with 3 lbs to go until I hit my goal! (I hope I can lose 3 lbs in 15 days!) My measurements have a slight change from last week but overall I've lost 9" from my waist, 7.5" from my hips, and 3.25" from my arm. I've gone down 3 jeans sizes.
So now it's just a matter of the waiting game... when will I see that magic number?