It’s now been a month into my journey of trying to become a better version of me. I decided to do things a little differently from last year as to try not to set myself up for failure.
I don’t deprive myself. I eat and snack but make sure to count my calories. My FitBit app has a counter on it, that even comes with a food scanner, which makes it very easy to keep track throughout the day. I also don’t feel guilty enjoying the occasional glass of wine or my new-found cocktail made of cranberry juice and Malibu rum with a squeeze of lime. I allow myself one day a week to indulge and not count calories.
I started out slow with my exercise regimen. It’s still very much winter here so I have been having to get my walking/jogging in via the dreadful treadmill. I started out with 20 minutes and now after only a month am up to over an hour. And I have also started to incorporate weights into my routine as well.
I don’t obsess about weight loss. I weigh myself once a week and have lost 6 pounds this month. The key thing people need to remember when working out is that you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. Therefore, you will lose inches before losing weight. I can tell, without measuring, by the way my clothes fit much better.
I am trying out an assortment of essential oils. I must say that I intend to eventually invest in a diffuser for every room in the house. So far I am up to 3 and have found a sleep and depression blend that I use often. The sleep blend I use at night in my diffuser which sits next to my bed, and the depression blend I rub into the bottoms of my feet. I’ve also discovered bath bombs which used with my Epsom salt manage to relax me at night and helps with any soreness I have succumbed to throughout the day.
I still have bad days. I’m not going to lie, there are still some days I struggle with not wanting to do much of anything but binge watch television and throw my FitBit at the wall. But I keep it as a reminder of when I’m doing great as well as not so great. Plus I love joining challenges with my friends as I can be very competitive which is great at keeping me on track to making progress. Below are my stats for the last four weeks starting from the end of the month. Each week I try to do better than the previous week. As you can see weeks 2 and 3 I failed at that, but like I said…I still have bad days and it’s ok.
I feel that as long as I am doing something that makes me feel better than that to me…is making progress.
If you have a FitBit and would like to join any of my challenges you can find me via email on the app (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chow For Now,