Way back at the start of January, I blogged about starting my health journey. Six or so weeks later, it feels like it should be time for an update.
And the good news is - it's going really well! I wanted to hold off posting for a little while because I find Januarys pretty easy (well, not 'easy' exactly...perhaps 'easier' would be a more correct description!)...it's sustaining the good work into February that's often my undoing. This year, however, I've managed to sustain the good habits and they are starting to feel more and more like the norm. I'll get into facts and figures at the end of this post, but I wanted to share a few observations and ideas too.
I have an app on my phone called human which monitors my activity, and it's super fun. I don't always have my phone with me, of course, but when I do this little cheerleader is perfect! It charts your minutes, and punctuates them with silly phrases and boosts. There's somethings very fun about a shoutout after a hundred minutes or more :)
At the end of January, I decided to buy myself a treat for a strong start, and I went for the Fitbit Flex, which I've wanted for a while. I love human and it's great for tracking, but the fact I can wear the Flex all day and not have to think about it is a big plus point. It's also great if like me you get a little competitive - a few friends and I are doing weekly challenges (I'm way off pace this week due to half-term break) and it's definitely motivating - I'm walking a lot more. Which is great because I love walking. There's something so relaxing after a long day in popping on your walking boots and heading out for a few miles. I feel happier and healthier, just from that one small change!
A big part of this healthkick is the adding of elements, I think, rather than trying to change everything all at once. January was getting food under control, February has been adding in the walking....in March I'm hoping to add some rowing machine sessions into the mix, and in April I'll be putting sleep patterns under the microcope. It feels good to be making changes!
When it comes to food, I am loving My Fitness Pal. I've used both Sparkpeople and WW before, with success, but at the current time MFP works well for me. It's making me more conscious of what I do eat, and is also guarding against the tendency I have to cut calories too severely. I feel like I'm eating better, and also that my relationship with food is improving.
Food's not a punishment, nor a treat. It's fuel, and a way to power and replenish my body and mind. It's so simple to type that, but after (more or less) 25 years of self-loathing and issues with food it feels like a gamechanger. I'm discovering that there are foods I really don't like that I ate out of habit (potato chips - turns out I don't like them! Dominos pizza- I had some the other night and felt awful for a day afterwards), and I'm getting cravings for the most random things (avocado, almonds and marinara sauce being three recent favourites). My body feels happier and I feel more in control. Nothing's off limits this time around, and I think this is helping me to be wise and make better choices.
So, how have those choices worked out? The proof is in the numbers, so here you go. I'm still a little shy about putting the numbers themselves out there, so this is loss. Hopefully once I've lost a bit more I'll feel a bit less embarassed and share more. A bit of distance should help!
My losses since January 1st 2015 are (I'll also put the 2015 total in brackets - for this update it will be a repetition but this should change as the year progresses):
Weight: 15 pounds lost (2015 total: -15 pounds)
Body Fat: down 1% (2015 total: -1%)
Bust: down 6cm (2015 total: -6cm)
Waist: down 9cm (2015 total: -9cm)
Hips: down 9cm (2015 total: -9cm)
A decent start (which has now plateaued....I'm hoping the numbers will start to move again soon!). We continue. Thank you so much for all the support and tips, I'll be back in a few weeks with another update.