I feel great this morning! There is nothing more satisfying and rewarding than looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing a difference as a direct result of your hard work and lifestyle changes. Although my self esteem issues in the past have prevented “self-love,” I saw somebody I was proud of in the mirror. There’s a first time for everything! I have energy, optimism, and will power: things I never thought I’d have in regards to my health.
I mentioned in a previous post that I did not like taking pictures when I was at my heaviest (a subconscious form of denial) so it wasn’t easy to find a “before” picture. I searched for half an hour and found a photo to show everyone, “Ritika in May”. It’ll still be a while (if ever) that I’ll welcome people taking pictures of me and not sneakily deleting them, but here it is.
Despite the sweatiness, I was happy with this next picture that was taken a few days ago: I was feeling good and enjoying my journey. I feel proud not because I’m exercising and eating right, but because I did something to change how I was feeling about myself.
I want to explain my daily process. I’m still not where I want to be in terms of health, however, a few changes have definitely gone a long way.
1. I workout in the morning, no matter how early I have to wake up. This ensures that I can’t use the excuse “I’m way too tired after working/studying all day.” Like I said, something is always better than nothing. On days where I have to drag myself out of bed and don’t want to go out, I go out anyway. I think of it as a commitment that I’d have to a job. Yes, sometimes you don’t want to go (and sometimes, you wont), but eventually, you realize that you have to go whether you want to or not.
2. I plan out my meals. Check out my previous post about MyFitnessPal.
I’ll give you an example of what I eat in a day. This was for yesterday:
Breakfast: Half a medium grapefruit right in the morning, and a fat free Greek vanilla yogurt cup (100g) post workout
Lunch: 1.5 cups of curried kidney beans (Rajmah)
Dinner: Large Chicken breast baked with low fat mozzerella cheese and seasoning
Snacks: 1 Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bar, and 10 baby carrots
I eat small snacks at intervals that keep me from ever feeling hungry. I am trying a new technique. I don’t eat until I feel like I am too full to walk (we all know what that feels like- anyone been to Mandarin lately?). Instead, I eat to the point where my hunger is just satiated, and then I eat a small, pre-planned snack an hour or two later.
I worked extremely hard last week, and I ran (not jogged) 6 out of 7 days and ate very low carb and high protein food. I portion controlled and did not get tempted by the free jelly donuts that were being passed out in the Student Centre. It was one of those very ambitious and high motivation weeks. Realistically, I know that this extreme high motivation won’t last for the rest of my life without a few slips here and there, but I did get a taste of that life: the life I could have as a healthier me. Moreover, I realized that it wasn’t completely unattainable.
Current Weight: 148 lbs
Pounds Lost since May 2016: 12
I hopped on the scale this morning absolutely thrilled to find that I was getting closer to my goal.