What a great week! I hiked more, walked the dog just a little longer every day, and really have been enjoying this beautiful Colorado weather which is cooler in the mornings than it was just a week ago, making it perfect and crisp for an early morning hike on one of the many spectacular trails around where we live.
Over the last year I’ve been introduced to different trails. There are hundreds around Boulder, but I haven’t done very many at all – in fact, I would do the same walk all the time. What a waste! It’s easy when you’re really pressed for time or mental space to just take the same track you always do, but before too long you get bored and then drop the occasional exercise, and suddenly you blink and you’re not going on it at all.
I’m so glad that I started changing things up over the last week to stop myself sliding into the old habits I’d had – and really glad for the support of my pal Shari, who listened to my frustrations while we did our regular hike. It was great – while I told her all the things I’d been doing wrong, at the same time I realised exactly what they were – it was like taking parts of my actions and shining a torch on them, inspecting them and deciding a better strategy. We decided that changing things a little would be more practical than trying to make a massive change all at once. So that’s what I did – and it worked!
I didn’t sit down with a glass of wine every night. Instead I chatted with Max on the couch, and we watched the BBC’s Sherlock 3-part series which was fantastic that Max had found. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I didn’t miss my glass of wine at all! Also, if I begin thinking of food that I shouldn’t have, I first think whether I’ve actually eaten everything I should have so far that day. Usually, I haven’t, so I eat that instead… and then afterwards I don’t feel like the ‘cheating’ food anyway!
I finally am happily tired at the end of the day. This is something I’ve tried to explain to people, and it comes out wrong. But it’s not the mental exhaustion I used to have. It’s actually an honest, physical tiredness where I want to sleep. And sleep I do. I am sleeping now better than I have been for a very long time.
I’m sure that’s due to a combination of things. I’m healthier (I know because I’m rarely puffing any more if I have to run for a bus, or up stairs etc), and that’s due to a combination of making sure my ongoing diet is better through what I’ve learned with Nutrisystem as well as getting myself to the doctor and having a full workshop done, the result of which has seen me add some supplements which are really making a huge difference. The balance I have in my food has spilled into balance in more areas of my life too, and I’m spending a little time doing some letterboxing and have even begun a cake decorating class which is something I’d always otherwise say I’d want to do but never actually take the time to do. It’s great for my mental health, and time for me.
I am so proud and pleased that today I cracked the 20 pounds lost mark (the scales came in at 20.2 pounds off). That’s 2.2 pounds since last week, and a marked difference in how I look and feel. If you have weight to lose, and remember my first post, written on my birthday in March, about how I felt then, think about this – how much of that weight you wanted to lose then have you lost? You could have been on this journey with me! It’s not too late! (In fact, there’s a special on right now if you click through.)
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