Today was day 3 of following my newly chosen path. It didn’t quite turn out the way I planned it, but it went well none the less. I learned some new things and got some time to do some reading up on health stuff that I wanted to do yesterday but didn’t have time. So all in all, not a bad day!
Because my focus isn’t so much on losing weight as it is on adopting a healthier lifestyle, I plan to weigh myself only on the 23rd of each month. That way I won’t be so focused on the number and will instead simply focus on taking the right actions to become healthier. Also, progress does not show every day or even every week. By weighing in once a month I will be able to assess any weight loss more easily.
Good News! Looking back at my calorie tracker app on my phone, I learned today that I’ve lost 6 lbs since starting this whole thing. May not seem like much, but to me it’s progress!
So here’s day 3!
Mood: Optimistic, High-energy all day
Hours of sleep last night: 9.5 hours
Waking / Resting Heart Rate: 68 bpm
Ending Heart Rate: 78 bpm
Exercise: none today
Breakfast: 8 oz. of V8-on-steroids (my nutritarian alternative), 1 serving of Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, 8 oz. ice water, Irwin Naturals Women’s Living Green Liquid Vitamin, Kelp supplement (GNC), Acai Trim Supplement (Antioxidants)
Lunch: 8 oz. Total Lean Vanilla Bean Shake (GNC), 5 regular Ritz crackers**
Dinner: 8 oz. of V8-on-steroids (my nutritarian alternative), 1 serving of Quaker Original Oatmeal (plain), 10 regular Ritz crackers, 8 oz. ice water, Irwin Naturals Women’s Living Green Liquid Vitamin
Comments: Like yesterday, today was interested, I woke up with the intention of doing my fat-burning Pilates and Shake Weight exercise routine, but got off to a slow start and ate a very late breakfast. None the less, today was another high-energy day which is good. Instead of exercising, I took the time to do some reading and research on a few health topics and to join a new online health & weight loss community. Reading the stories of others and sharing my own was worth taking the day off from exercise, and since the weekend hasn’t hit yet I can still get in my 4 to 5 days of exercise for the week.
I have decided that I’m being a little too restrictive with calories. For the past few days I’ve probably eaten around 1100 calories, maybe a little less. I don’t have a real way to calculate calories for my V8-on-steroids, but I’m estimating it to be no more than 300 calories per 8 oz (and that’s only because it has avocados and a few other ingredients that are good for you but higher in calories & good fats). So today I allowed myself 3 servings of Ritz crackers and you know what? I still only hit about 1230 calories. That’s fine though. I am trying to lose weight, so there’s not a real need to keep going just to hit 1500 or 2000 calories…especially if my body didn’t give me a signal to say it needed more than what I was putting in it.
An interesting thing did happen at breakfast though. Today I tried the Maple & Brown Sugar flavored oatmeal instead of the plan. I thought it would be a slightly healthier way to spice up my meal. But it ended up being WAY to much for me to handle. It was insanely sweet, almost to the point that I couldn’t take it. It also felt heavier (and I guess it should have, because it was higher in calories than the plan oatmeal I’ve gotten used to). I couldn’t even finish it all. About 2/3 of the way through the bowl I had to give it up. I felt full and just didn’t want anymore. That was a signal if ever I’ve heard of one. So I felt bad about wasting that last little bit, but didn’t feel the need to stuff myself just to avoid wasting food. So perhaps there’s something to the fact that when you’re experiencing true hunger flavors are more intense. It certain was for me and that was my first meal of the day. I’ve eaten other things that are maple & brown sugar flavored but haven’t ever had that kind of reaction. So perhaps my body is really starting to respond to all the high-nutrient food I’m giving it. Could be too soon to tell and could be just my imagination, but who knows. I’ve been at this for a while so perhaps there really is something to it.
From now on, I won’t worry so much about splurging on crackers here and there. At first I was feeling really bad for caving and to some extent I still do. But they aren’t the absolute worst thing in the world and they’re not adding anything like 500 extra empty calories to my daily intake, so it shouldn’t be such a big deal. The biggest thing is that I’m getting at least a lb of veggies and fruits (mostly organic and all raw) a day now through my V8-on-steroids, I’m drinking more water and I’m taking in much less sugar and sodium. Those make a good start I think!