Wow, this is turning out to NOT be the medium/vehicle I was hoping for as far as being accountable for my weightloss.
First of all, I can't access the blog from work, which is where I spend most of my time in front of a computer. Second, when I get home from work, I usually have a lot of things that need to get done (preparing, eating and cleaning up after dinner and preparing my lunch and gym bag for the next day) which means I really don't have much time to sit in front of a computer and write blog entries. Third, I don't really WANT to sit in front of the computer at home since I'm doing it all day at work and I'd like to use that time be more productive around the house or in other ways.
All that verbose-ness was just so I could justify why I haven't written in the blog as often and as in detail as I would have liked about my weight-loss journey so far. It's also an excuse in case I continue to not write much. (LOL)
Now that I have that off my chest, let me delve into other things. Since my crappy weigh-in on Monday, I've been doing exceptionally better. The first few days were a *bit* of a struggle having to re-break my addictions to that crappy stuff I had gotten my hands on, but now I’m golden. I'm back to eating what I'm supposed to be eating and I’m working out like a fiend. Now that I no longer have to work two jobs, I can get to bed early enough to wake up and go to the exercsies classes at my gym at the azz crack of dawn. I'm taking step and spin classes during the week and trying to make it to pilates and yoga on the weekend. I *try* to get to the gym 4-6 days a week, but that doesn't always happen and that's ok with me. We've gotta just try to do our best everyday, right? I'm expecting a good weigh-in this upcoming Tuesday! (yay!)
I've been reading a lot of 'health' books lately and they've really opened my eyes up to a lot of things. I'm trying to decide how I'm going to eat once I get off this Smart for Life regimen. There is so much information out there and a lot of it is contradictory, so you have to either take it with a grain of salt or make an education decision about what to believe. I think I've decided that I agree with the 'clean eating' thought process and plan to start trying to eat that way after SFL. It's just basically keeping your eating to the 'natural' things like fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. I'm sure this is common sense to everyone, but what defines 'natural'? Should I stick to strictly organic? Steer clear of 'low fat' or 'reduced fat' items? Shun 'enriched' or 'fortified' products? Eat only grass-fed beef? Free range chickens? Wild caught seafood?! I think it's clear that we should all avoid processed foods, but it's a grey area as far as how 'natural' you want to go. I’m still contemplating that factor of the diet. How feasible is it to go COMPLETELY natural? I’m going to keep reading and hopefully get to a point where I can make a real decision by the time I'm done with SFL.
More than weight-loss, I'm concerned about my health and the environment (including humane treatment of animals) now. It's just a damn shame how corrupt the food and drug industries are and what they'll do (or overlook) for the sake of making a buck.
Another aspect I've been reading more about is your way of thinking/energy. For example, if you are a negative person, your health will be affected negatively. Positive thought encourages positive experiences in your life. Now, on top of losing weight/being healthy, I'm trying to become a more positive person. Get rid of all that negativity and improve your life. That is turning out to be harder than I expected though because I just don't spend that much time thinking about how I'm thinking. LOL. Baby steps.
Becoming a better version of yourself is a complicated and tedious jorney, but it's a labor of love. =)