Update

Sorry I haven’t had a chance to write a post all week. It’s been an extremely busy week for me because I was scrambling to finish a lot of homework and juggle work because tonight I’m going on a mini holiday to Disney World and won’t be back until Tuesday evening. I’ll do a combined post for week 7, week 8, and week 9, which will be on Monday, March 20th. See you all then!

Week 6: Day 36 (2/27/2017)

Day #: 36

Last Week’s Change of the Week: Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

This Week’s New Change of the Week: At least 11,000 steps daily

Current Weight: 228.5 lbs (103.65 kg)

Total Weight Change: 2.5 lbs lost (1.13 kg lost)

Current Mood: Content, but still really tired… I’m still having trouble with my sleep schedule. 

Things are going pretty well. I’ve lost less weight than I would have liked in a month, but I’m not upset about that. I’m just happy that I’m seeing some small results. Right now, I’d just like to increase my activity level by a bit (getting in 11,000 steps a day instead of 10,000) and fix my sleep schedule.

Last night I tried to get a good 8 hours of sleep, but my cat Pusheen decided to wake me up 2 hours early because she wanted me to pet her, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. As a result, I’ve been yawning nonstop and developed a mild, yet still annoying migraine. I’m really tired at the moment. It also doesn’t help that I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in like a week.

Anyway, it’s 11:43pm here in Chicago right now, so I’m just writing this post really quick before I head off to bed. I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and it’s actually really hard for me to focus right now.

Here’s a list of all the goals I aimed to keep this past week. So, how did it go?

-64 oz. water daily ⇒ super successful! Most days I drank well over 64 fl oz water.

-Consume 2,000 calories or less a day (while maintaining a 1,000 calorie deficit) ⇒ pretty good, there were a few days that I did go over though. Maybe that’s why I didn’t lose a full pound this week (I lost 0.7 lbs this week)

-Include physical activity at least twice a week (30 minute exercise sessions) ⇒ Went walking a few times this week and did a yoga session using the app, Down Dog.

-10,000 step minimum a day ⇒ Success! Reached my goal every single day!

-Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night ⇒ Not so successful. I reached 7 hours of sleep a couple times this week, but most nights got about 6 hours or so a night. Definitely not enough for me.

-Wake up between 6-8 am and go to sleep between 9-11 pm ⇒ Half and half. Some days I was able to wake up in my target range, some days not really. Going to sleep on time has been more of a challenge. Going to try to fix this this week.

I’m getting more and more used to these lifestyle changes and so far, I’m pretty happy and satisfied. I feel less depressed and anxious knowing that I’m trying to improve my life. I like that I’m being more active and, to be honest, I look forward to every Monday. Not because I am eager to weigh in, but because I am eager to make another positive life change.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I’ll catch you all next Monday! ❤

Week 5: Day 29 (2/20/2017)

Day #: 29

Last Week’s Change of the Week: Get on a regular sleep schedule – Wake up at approximately 7 am every day (give or take an hour) and go to sleep at approximately 11 pm every evening (give or take an hour).

This Week’s New Change of the Week: Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

Current Weight: 229.2 lbs (104 kg)

Total Weight Change: 1.8 lbs lost (+0.82 kg lost)

Current Mood: Decent, happy to see some progress.

Another pound lost! And I’ve almost lost a net weight of 2 lbs so far.

Now, I know I’m posting this up really really late, but I didn’t want to skip my post for this week.

To be honest, getting on a normal sleep schedule is really difficult. I’ve always been a night owl. So, trying to go to sleep naturally at 9 or 10 pm (or even 11 pm for that matter) is insanely difficult for me and frankly feels really unnatural to me. I feel like I’m wasting time or something and that I have to go do something productive. I mean, I do have some of my most creative ideas and epiphanies come to me in the wee hours of the night. Like this blog. Haha. *Sigh* But seriously, it is a problem. And, it continues to be a problem.

I’m still struggling to get on a normal sleep schedule…And, I’m learning the hard way that some of these life changes that I’m making will definitely take more than a week or even a couple weeks to really implement. I’m moving in the right direction for my sleep schedule. Now, I just need to work on getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. As of late, I’ve been averaging about 5.5 to 6 hours of sleep, which is just not enough for me. An ideal amount is about 8 hours, but that would mean I would have to set aside at least 9 hours for sleep, and I just don’t think I can commit to that at this time. Last week I was averaging about 5 hours a night, so at least I am making improvements this week, but ideally I’d like to get those 7 hours of sleep in a night so I don’t feel like a basket case during my waking hours.

So, basically for this week, these are the things that I’ll be doing:

-64 oz. water daily

-Consume 2,000 calories or less a day (while maintaining a 1,000 calorie deficit)

-Include physical activity at least twice a week (30 minute exercise sessions)

-10,000 step minimum a day

-Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night

-Wake up between 6-8 am and go to sleep between 9-11 pm.

I’ll report back this coming Monday (I’m really going to try to be on time with the post this time, I swear!). TTFN! 🙂

*Note: No picture this week. I’ve actually decided that I’ll just post a progress picture of myself when I hit a weight loss milestone, such as 5 lbs lost, 10 lbs lost, 15 lbs lost, etc. I will also include a sort of reward system for me, to celebrate my milestones. I’ll talk more about it next week!*