In my quest to lose 100 pounds, the second week has not been as easy as the first.
I think that's typical of weight loss. The first week, you're motivated. You're pumped. You're ready for whatever comes your way.
The second week is just hard. The motivation is waning. Old habits are pushing against new goals.
This week has seen sabotage, migraines galore, overcommitment, and frustration.
There are not enough hours in the day to play with Gracie, work, blog, exercise, read the Bible, read The Spark, journal all of my food, and sleep. As much as I'd like to shortchange myself on sleep or stop using the bathroom, there are not enough moments in the day for everything. So far, I've cut out The Spark (though I really want to get back to it as soon as possible) and food journaling.
I still believe the food journal to be a helpful and necessary part of my commitment to a healthier lifestyle. I'm not sure how it will work into my schedule just yet.
Isn't it frustrating when someone who loves you rewards your weight loss with food? Hershey bars? Scrumptious cakes and cookies?
Sweets are my biggest weakness, and I abstained sometimes. I indulged sometimes, too, which was both a frustration and disappointment for me.
I'm not beating myself up over it, but I'm going to have to come up with a plan to deal with these kinds of temptations.
I get migraines once in a while. Fortunately, I don't get them more than once a week - normally.
This week, I've had three migraines that were so bad I crumpled into bed and slept for hours at a time. I missed big chunks of my life.
No one wants to spend hours in bed with a migraine. I ended up drinking pop in an effort to ease the pain with caffeine. It didn't work, and I drank a lot of pop.
I'm not sure how to prevent future migraines, though I'm going to start with more iced tea. Down the road, I'm going to look for a way to break the caffeine habit without the pain.
Frustration is what happens when your body rebels against your goals, and you lose track of the things you intended to do. That's where I'm at right now.
My joints hurt. My back is sore. I'm not sure if that means I need to rest more or if it means I need to push through. I'm glad I'm taking this step now so that sore joints and back aches don't become my norm as I get older.
Joe and I worked out together on the EA Sports Active. We figured out how to get it to recognize both of us at the same time. It was really cool to challenge and push each other. (Not to meant that getting sweaty together has certain aphrodisiac qualities...)
We have been eating at home more and eating out less. We can only really control what goes into our meals when we prepare them ourselves.
I've been drinking a great deal of water and iced tea - between six and twelve glasses a day.
I'm not too concerned about what the scale says this week. I gained a 1.4 pounds over last week, but I'm still down 8.2 pounds overall. I'm gaining momentum, regardless of the week I've had.
Photo by Alan Cleaver