It's been about one month since my last goal update. I thought it would be a good idea to update you on my health/wellness venture that started in the middle of September.
On September 19, I identified the following goals:
- Remaining conscious of my choices...every day, every meal, every bite.
- Eating more whole food than processed food.
- Losing 15 lbs by Thanksgiving
How am I progressing?
I can honestly say I'm conscious every day, every meal and MOST bites. Sometimes I catch myself eating something delightful, like a crunchy, salty potato chip, a slice of pizza, or ice cream and realize that I've zoned out. I've consumed food while NOT being present and fully aware of the texture, smell, and taste. I've just aimlessly taken bite after bite. I'm happy to report that it happens WAY less often that it used to. My consciousness around food choices and consumption has dramatically increased over the past two months.
I definitely eat more whole foods now than I do processed foods. That's definitely been a change I've stuck with since I embarked on this health journey in September. (BTW, I just had blood pressure taken the other day and it was around 110/70. I don't get my BP checked that often, so I can't say it's a marked difference from a "normal" or "typical" reading. But, when I've had it checked in the past, I recall it being closer to 120/80. Again, not a significant change. Just mention it as the switch to include more whole foods may be a contributing factor.)
Lastly, my weight status. I've lost nine pounds since setting the above goals eight weeks ago. Yay! That's a little over one pound a week. A fifteen pound weight loss over nine weeks was doable. And I need to accept that I'm not going to make it. With that said, I'm completely fine with my progress. My structure affords a lot of latitude and I don't feel like I'm stuck eating "rabbit food." For example, I practically starved at work on Monday. (Not a conscious choice...just really busy.) By the time we had dinner, I was starving. We went out to eat and I ordered the menu item that had the least calories and it was wonderful — chicken, brown rice, black beans, feta cheese, and salsa. Believe it or not, all the salads had higher calories than this dish! I chose the item with the least calories because I WANTED dessert. These conscious choices are what make this feel more like a lifestyle change and not a diet. It's slower than I would like, but feels like the best fit for me.
As I've said before, slow and steady wins the race. Next week is Thanksgiving and I will splurge a bit. It's only once per year! I'm going to enjoy the feast. I just won't stuff myself.
Are you on a health journey? I'd love to hear what's working and not working!
Be open to what comes.