It’s the end of Week 1 of my personalized Healthy Life – Happy Life Challenge. I’m so, so appreciative of all the support you’ve shown me. So the big question is: how did I do?
There’s good news and not-so-good news. Let’s start with the good news: I met my fitness goal! I did my four 30-minute workouts this week even though I had to seriously slog through two of them. I had “I-hate-this-I-hate-this-when-will-this-be-over-oh-my-god-I-am-going-to-die-on-this-treadmill-this-is-it-right-here-right-now” running through my head the whole time. I am happy to report that I didn’t die and I actually surprised myself by being able to make it through all of my workouts.
Now the not-so-good news: I didn’t meet my daily average calorie goal. My daily average calorie intake far exceeded my goal because of a huge binge on Thursday and some overeating on Friday that raised the average substantially. I think I know the reason behind the binging and overeating that happened this week though: I didn’t eat enough on Wednesday. Because I ate below my calorie target on Wednesday (by just 170 calories!), that resulted in me binging on over 3,000 calories the next day. Because I binged in the afternoon and was feeling too full to have a proper dinner, by the time I woke up on Friday, I was super hungry again and I overate throughout the day. Lesson learned: I should try to eat the same amount of food every day.
However, there’s still hope: because my goal was to eat 1,800 calories/day when averaged over the entire month, by trying to cut back a bit during the next few weeks, I may still make my goal. This may totally backfire on me, but we’ll see.
I haven’t noticed any differences in my energy level or mood. I’m still tired all the time, but I’m not surprised since I didn’t meet both of my goals and I’ve only just started my challenge. One thing I have noticed is that it’s easier to force myself to do something (exercise) than to force myself to not do something (eat). I’m sure there’s some brilliant way to use this fact to my advantage, but I’m too tired to think of one. (If you think of one, please let me know. Cheers.)
All in all, I guess I did okay this week. Going forward, I need to focus more on utilizing those strategies I learned in counselling to prevent binging. I’m also hoping my body will soon adjust to exercising more. At least I won’t have my period any time again for the rest of this month. Fact: Exercising with your period is really just an act of self-torture (am I right, ladies?). Week 2, here I come!