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!*

Week 1: Day 1 (1/23/17)

Day #: 1

Change of the Week: At least 10,000 steps daily

Current Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)

Total Weight Lost: 0 lbs (0 kg)

Current Mood: I’m feeling okay…A bit bummed out that I let myself get up to this weight again. However, I’m feeling determined to make a change. 

Okay, I realize that this post is dated January 24, 2017, And, that’s because I didn’t get a chance to write this post yesterday. I’ve written down what I wanted to write though. And I took my starting photograph on time as well. In the future, I’ll be sure to post on time.

So, Day #1! I know, you’re probably thinking, “Umm…Why didn’t she start on New Year’s Day?” And, well, while I think it might have been a bit cool to have started on the first day of the New Year (it’s like the beginning of a new era – kinda), I just felt like that that’s what everyone does. And, if you know me well, you’d know that I don’t necessarily like to be conventional, I’m somewhat of a nonconformist, and I don’t like to blindly follow the paths of “Sheeple” (People unable to think for themselves/followers/lemmings/those with no cognitive abilities of their own).

So, I wanted to go about doing this my own way. I wanted to start my “New Year, New Me” plan early-ish this year, but on my own terms. So, I’ve arbitrarily chose January 23rd as my start date. And, I chose Monday as my weigh-in day, because, like most people in this country, I consider Monday the first day of the week, and it’s a good day to keep me on track.

To clarify, this isn’t really a New Year’s resolution. I’m not just trying to lose weight, exercise more, eat less, get more sleep, blah blah blah. No, it’s much bigger than that. My aim is to improve the quality of my life gradually, making small changes each week. I won’t just tackle weight loss, I’ll also work on my overall physical health, emotional and mental health.

This week, it is my goal to get in at least 10,000 steps daily. It’s a healthy goal, because it forces me to move more than usual. On average, I usually get about 3,500 steps a day because I drive everywhere (one of the crappy things about living in the suburbs) and my job doesn’t require much walking  (I teach music lessons at home).

To track my steps, I utilize my awesome FitBit Charge (if you don’t have a FitBit yet, I highly recommend that you invest in one – it will change the way you look at walking and exercise – I’ll write a post later about this), which is great because it counts the steps for me. I’d also like to note, prior to my start date I have been tracking my calories on FitBit (sticking within my plan – I’ll talk about this in a separate post) as well as my water intake, which is 64 fl. oz. a day.

Since today is my start date, I don’t have much to add at the moment. But, in a week, I’ll definitely have an update and inform you all what my next change will be. See you soon!

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Day #1: I guess this would be my “Before” picture