I weighed myself yesterday.
And yes, before you even start, I can see your eyes roll, and I can hear the words “SCALES ARE AWFUL YOU SAID SO YOURSELF I CAN’T EVEN UGH” coming out of your mouth. Believe me. I can hear you.
Over the past year, I’ve put on a hefty amount of weight. I mean, I’m about twenty pounds less than my most pudgy ever. Or, at least I was before I started this little walking routine. It’s only been a week, and I’ve also been incorporating a decent amount of fiber into my diet (read: the volume of ‘waste’ I’m producing is up), but when all is said and done, I apparently lost five pounds.
In my first week.
Of course, I also know that, with any bump in exercise, or change in diet for the better, the first bit often reveals a lot of weight loss. Water weight, or whatever, tends to dump quickly. As the body adjusts, according to what I’ve read, I need to keep changing it up in order to maintain a state of flux (and weight loss/muscle gain) about every couple of weeks or so. I know that five pounds is a lot to lose in just one week, but just for a minute, I’m going to revel in this.
Please, let me. Don’t be a Debbie-downer. Or, better yet, be one, but know I’m sticking my fingers in my ears and ignoring you.
I LOST FIVE GOD DAMNED POUNDS AND IT FEELS SO DAMN GOOD.
This week, I’m paying more attention to the sugars and starches, and while I’m certainly not zero-carb at all, even just being aware and making dietary choices that limit the sugar I do intake seems to be helping. I managed to get through yesterday without too many bumps in the road – though I did learn that the yoghurt that I like has about 45g of sugar per serving (one cup), so that’s a little shocking. I also have limited myself with the sugar in my coffee, and I’m trying to navigate lunch in a way that doesn’t involve a sandwich. Yesterday, I will admit, was tough. Work was super-stressful, but now that I know my runs for this week, hopefully today will go better. I can plan better. I can pack a few pieces of fruit to get me through my six-hour shift of bringing people to a mall at Christmas.
This morning’s walk had me daydreaming about my mother’s visit in March. I am looking forward to her arrival, and am curious as to what we are going to get up to. I know she’s a cyclist, so we might rent bikes for the week and get out and about in Portland that way. I also want to take her to the coast, possibly for a hike. I really think she’s going to love it here, but I need to get physically fit enough to keep up with her. She’s super-duper active. I’ve got three months and a few miles of walking ahead of me, so I think I’ll be alright. We shall see. In all, the daydreaming while walking is great. I can feel my thoughts bubbling up to the surface. I can wrestle a thought while putting one foot in front of the other, and simply let my mind float. This was something I loved to do while I was running last year, but those thoughts were often dark and angry. I’m not dark or angry any more.
I’m loving the newness of all of this. I love this different aspect of my life. It is something both old and fresh at the same time. I’m optimistic, as always, and can’t wait to see where I end up with all of this come this time next year.