I lost 5 lbs! I want to shout from the mountain tops, “This exercise and healthy eating thing really does work!” Unfortunately, I won’t be near the mountains anytime soon… and I don’t know that I could shout loud enough for anyone to hear, so it would be a futile effort. But in the figurative, joyful way, I’m in the Alps with a megaphone 🙂
Siblings in the Swiss Alps on the tallest peak in Europe, Jungfraujoch, 2010
For some reason, in my mind, I had decided that even if I did eat more healthy foods and even if I did exercise, for some reason it just wasn’t going to work. I’ve never lost weight in a healthy way before… I’ve just let it slowly creep up on me over time, or I’ve been incredibly compulsive about it (but that is a story for another time), so this whole process is a new world for me!
Anyway, here are a few of my new “habits”… Can you call them habits if they’re new? Irrelevant. They will be habits, if they aren’t already!
1. Kickboxing class on Monday. My booty better watch out, cause kickboxing is coming for it! This class is the bomb – high energy, exhausting and exhilarating. Oh and set to a ridiculously awesome soundtrack.
2. Chicken breast tenders + olive oil spray + seasoning. Cheap, easier to cook than full chicken breasts and delicious! Lean protein, do your magic. Current favorite seasoning: McCormick’s Rotisserie Chicken. Just gotta watch the sodium.
3. Water, water, green tea, water… Get the idea? I carry around a 32 oz water bottle that I try to finish twice each day. When I need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon, Green Tea Superfruit with Purple Acai and Blueberry does the trick. Plus, being full like that helps me avoid snacking. (By the way, I love snacking. And when I say snacking, I mean eating chips/sweets/both.)
Yay for small victories AND for staying focused on the goals ahead. This first loss was a big obstacle for me to get over, so it has excited me to press on. As a reminder about my motivation: at some point, weight stops being about vanity and starts being about taking care of your body, and I want to live life to the fullest by doing just that.
Do you celebrate little victories or stay in the zone until you reach your end goal?