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Saturday, September 15, 2007

This week: -2.4 lbs (whoa!)

This week I've been having trouble seeing progress, especially progress with my body. My measurements are at a standstill, and though I'm losing every week it feels like I don't look different.

It's times like these that force me to step back and re-evaluate myself. I want to be healthy so badly that sometimes I forget that it's better to lose weight slowly. My goals reflect this--all I'm really hoping for is a pound a week this semester; but this week I've been jumping the gun.

So, time to re-evaluate! First thing I did was make a list of the ways my life is different since I started eating healthy and exercising regularly.
- I eat breakfast every day.
- Sleeping patterns are more regular, even with my night owl part-time job
- Gym visits 3x per week, additional cardio on weekday non-gym days
- Exercising regularly stabilizes my moods, I've been happier
- I get enough fruits and vegetables each day
- Eating fewer processed foods
- Not drenching everything in cheese--and still enjoying food and not craving cheese (amazing--anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE cheese)
- More energy and motivation; I'm still a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to coursework, but I have no problem going to the gym after a 7-hour work shift
- No longer ordering delivery while at work--saving both my waistline and my wallet (last year I ordered from campusfood.com almost 50 times...)
- My resting heart rate has decreased dramatically: I counted yesterday and I was at about 65 bpm. I hope that when I have my physical in December that my blood pressure is down as well
- Life feels more organized and pleasant

I made a point to not include anything that had to do with my appearance. After that I looked at some photos of me from this spring and tried on the same clothing. What an incredible difference! The button-up shirt I wore on my birthday barely buttoned in two places and I had to wear a shirt under it in March. Trying it on tonight, I was amazed to see that I could wear it as a regular shirt and button it up all the way comfortably with some room to spare. Pulling at the fabric to see how big I must have been to have it fit the way it did this spring put things further into perspective. If I can make it this far, I can hold tight and keep going!

Slow and steady, easy does it--you don't have to run to race. :) Sometimes motivation just means taking a few minutes to recollect yourself and remember how far you've come, instead of how far you have to go.

Total weight loss: 26.4 lbs (I HIT THE 25 MARK, YAY!)
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