It’s been two days since I began my journey, and I can’t say it’s been a walk in the park!
The ship of transformation has left port! The waters off the coast have been a bit choppy, but nothing that I can’t handle!
The most noticeable effect of my new diet has been my yearning for bread and corn-based snacks. I often ate chips or bread to tide me over between meals, and know both are the source of much of my weight gain. I can actually feel my appetite yearn for them, and I imagine this is what someone who’s quitting smoking must feel like! I know this will pass, but I understand why people fail in their diets within the first few weeks of their attempt– it takes a lot of mental energy to argue with your body!
My daily yoga routine has proven less challenging. Now that I’ve changed my sleep schedule to go to bed early and wake up early, I can now fit in the 45 minutes of yoga right before my morning shower. I can already feel how exercise is affecting my mood in positive ways. My energy level is higher, and I don’t suffer from a mid-afternoon lull. I also feel more alert, and I can only expect this will increase over time and after I add my bi-weekly walks to my schedule.
I noticed that I weigh myself four or five times a day, but haven’t seen much progress. The scale is my accountability mechanism and I feel like every time I stare at it, it’s daring me to fail! I can’t wait to prove it wrong!
Outside of the logistics and numbers of my diet and exercise, I can safely say that this effort has given me a strong sense of purpose and drive that I’ve been missing for some time. Much of my work involves long-term projects and routine when I’m not traveling, so having a positive and challenging daily purpose makes me feel determined and strong– and this motivation has spilled over into my daily work as well! I notice I’m more motivated to complete tasks, and complete them quicker.
I’m excited to discover what the next four days have in store before my next post, as I should begin to see some pounds drop off and feel less yearning for heavy foods– I want to share my successes with you!
Seeing the shift happen,