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!