Welcome to the my first Wellness Wednesday! Every Wednesday I'll write about my health. It's my way of ensuring I remain focused on this important area of my life.
As for today's post, I'm reflecting on the past 30 days. So let's recap...
My short-term goals were to:
- Remain conscious of my choices...every day, every meal, every bite.
- Eat more whole food than processed food.
- Lose 15 lbs by Thanksgiving.
How did I fare against these goals?
I can honestly say I was conscious every day. I blogged every day and remained focused. I can also say I was conscious of every meal, but again, it didn't mean that each meal was healthy. And, I'm proud to say that I became better at consciousness down to each bite. Just today, I ate cauliflower for lunch and honored my desire to stop, even though there were only two more florets left. I was still hungry; I just didn't want anymore cauliflower.
I am definitely eating WAY more whole food than processed food. Overall, I do believe I feel better than I did 30 days ago.
My "official" weight loss (from September 18 to today) is 4.9 lbs. I lost just over one pound each week. Focusing on that alone, it feels like insignificant progress. My goal to lose 15 lbs by Thanksgiving — let alone the 50 lbs I'd ideally like to shed overall — feels so overwhelmingly unachievable. But, if I repeat the past month just 11 more times, I'd lose 52 lbs! (Thirty days flew by. If I can take these small steps for the next 30 days — just 11 more times — a year will have passed by and I'll be at my ideal weight.)
What did I learn from being hyper focused on my health? What are my take-aways?
- I MUST be aware/purposeful/focused/determined (or as I say, "conscious") of my goals and intentions. If I'm not, they won't happen. Period. Hence, the value of my vision board. If I hadn't of completed it earlier in the year and made reference to it, I'd get swept up by life's distractions.
- Consciousness has reduced, if not eliminated, my overeating. I am a member of the clean-plate club. While my parents were well intentioned, I was made to finish my plate, as were so many in my generation. Our brains were reprogrammed to overeat. I'm working my way out of that.
- I can't lose sight of the goal. I can't lose sight of the forest for the trees, as they say. I literally just identified this take-away while writing this post. Before writing this post, I almost considered not writing about my weight loss because I was humiliated by my lack of progress. Whereas, when I refocused on the big picture, I can see how my small, seemingly insignificant weight loss is an accomplishment and can get me where I want to be in just one year. Yes, a year is a long time, but I've had this extra weight with me for way longer than one year. I must be kind to myself and give my body a year to shed it.
This 30-day journey was enlightening and impactful. I'm so glad I did it. I'm also excited to see if I reach my Thanksgiving goal!
Be open to what comes.