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My Biggest challenge of the week

Friday, February 21, 2020


It's Friday! Today may not be quite the same type of beautiful as the rest of the week was, since clouds will be moving in, but it's still a beautiful day :) The boy and I went on a 2 hour hike in the woods yesterday morning before my classes, and then we went to the state park to walk the shore and look in tidal pools once I got out of class. A life lived outside is well lived!

PERSONAL CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: Higher activity levels and broken routines.

It's Friday and I would like to talk about my biggest challenge this week -- being more active! The combination of sunshine and medication adjustments meant I spent every waking moment possible outside and moving, which meant I was burning more calories.

Honestly, I can usually lose weight relatively easy if I can convince myself to be a potato and expend few calories as energy. When I start being active, particularly kicking up the activity level a notch, I get REALLY hungry (as I am sure most people do) and I have more problems dialing in my actual calorie needs so I can balance hunger with weight loss.

Fingers crossed, I think I did it this week. I allowed myself to splurge a bit on pizza, for example, but I didn't allow myself any further evening snacks afterward. Yesterday as the boy and I were headed to the state park, I realized I was starving and we would need to secure snacks. A gas station was our only choice, so I went with the 200 calorie bag of baked crackers as opposed to the 450 calories bag of chips that was calling to me (because who am I kidding, I WILL eat the entire bag)!

The real challenge isn't increased hunger due to increased activity, though. It's me breaking my routine and not having a plan. Something most people can handle but that can throw me into disarray (and sometimes even into a meltdown). I'm reteaching myself that dinner time, for example, can be fluid. We can eat at 5 some nights and 7 others, and it doesn't harm anything and is no reason to give up on my weight loss goals. I can have a snack at 4:30 and eat at 7, or I can rush home at 5, even if I don't want to, and make dinner. It's getting easier to choose a (smart) snack while choosing to postpone dinner, which is major progress for me!

I hope you were able to meet all of your challenges this week!
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  • MIRELICA
    The picture is spectacular. Lovely landscape, beautiful light. emoticon
    48 days ago
  • JOCELYNH711
    Truly beautiful !
    48 days ago
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