It’s the end of the 2nd week of my Healthy Life – Happy Life Challenge. I hugely improved over last week, but did I meet my two goals?
Yes and kind of. In terms of my fitness goal (four 30-minute workouts a week), I met my goal once again! I’m still surprised that I’ve been able to commit to it. Going to the gym wasn’t as painful this week either. There were definitely days when my motivation level going in was way below zero, but once I started my workout, it didn’t feel as though I would never finish. I still don’t enjoy exercising, but right now I don’t feel as negatively about it.
As for my food goal (1,800 calories a day when averaged over the entire month), I first have some explaining to do. I spoke too soon at the end of last week because I unfortunately had a late night mini binge on the last day of last week. In order to still make my goal, I needed to reduce my average calories per day to around 1,717 for the rest of the month.
This week, I ate an average of 1,750 calories/day. So I met my original target, but not my revised target. I like that I substantially improved over last week, but failing to meet my revised goal this week makes the next two weeks even more difficult. However, my ultimate objective is to do as well as possible, so if I am reasonably close to my food goal at the end of the month, then I will still consider that a job well done.
I weighed myself this morning out of curiosity. I’ve gained three pounds since my weigh-in at the beginning of my challenge, which is just baffling to me. If I’m eating a bit less than before and exercising a bit more, how is that possible? I keep a highly accurate food diary, so I’m certain that I’m not underestimating my calories. I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised though since my weight hasn’t cooperated with my recovery at all so far. There could also be a whole host of random explanations, like excess water or muscle inflammation or what have you, but constantly gaining weight is still frustrating nonetheless.
More importantly though, do I feel happier? Well, you wouldn’t mistake me for one of those grinning, bouncy women in aerobics videos, but I do feel better now on a day-to-day basis. Being healthier hasn’t made me impermeable to everyday stresses, bad luck, and things that just plain suck, but it feels really good to know that I am taking back control of my life and trying to make a positive difference in my health. I am in control of my own happiness.