Day 50 of 90 - Over Halfway There!
Alright… I’m not even going to give myself an excuse for the fact that I haven’t blogged since day 28. I’m just going to say that while I clearly didn’t hit my “blog once a week” goal, I’m doing pretty darned well on my other health goals, so I’m not too mad about it. And with that, let’s move on to the recap of the past 22 days.
Due to being on holiday and away from home from day 33 through day 44, I was not able to track my weight daily for that time span. Additionally, because I knew I was going to be busy with visiting family and such for that time span, I didn’t want to force myself to try to squeeze my normal workout routine in every day, so I gave myself a break there. I also didn’t try too hard to stick to my original calorie / macro count, and instead just tried to eat things in moderation, and only eat something that was “unhealthy” or “bad” for me if I really wanted it, not just because it was there. (It also helped that I didn’t have family members actively pressuring me to eat tons of things, like at the previous holiday). And surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), this really didn’t end up being a bad thing!
Here’s my weight breakdown:
Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs
Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs
Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs
Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)
Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs
Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs
I’m currently at 128 lbs, which means that I broke through the weight plateau that kept me stagnating around 130! I was trying to figure out the reason for the stagnation, and I’m really not sure what it was. I was eating well, and exercising diligently. There are only two potential reasons that I can think of at the moment. One is, maybe after implementing a drastically different eating and exercise plan for a month, my body was just trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Another is that it could have been stress from work affecting me. Week 2 through Week 4 was a stressful time for me at work (a LOT of deadlines) and it’s possible that my cortisol levels rose and caused me to hold onto weight.
We may never know. But I’m not too concerned about it anymore, because clearly the plateau has broken!! Maybe the physical relaxation over Week 5 was just what my body needed in order to reset and (possibly?) get my cortisol levels down.
I’ve got 5 ½ weeks to go on this 90 day journey. I have 3 pounds left in order to reach my weight goal. I really do think that this is doable - I mean, it’s less than a pound a week, and I’m pretty sure I can smash that! However, I do want to state for the record that I realize my body might just give me a flat-out “no” for whatever reason. I might stagnate, even if I’m doing all the “right” things. And I’m giving myself the grace to say that that is okay. I set my goals based on the knowledge I had at the time, with the understanding that those goals were flexible and could be changed for the good of my body. A good friend reminded me that my body is changing due to these healthy habits - and even if my weight stays the same or possibly even goes up, it could be because I’m building muscle. Weight only tells part of the story. (I’m really wishing that I measured myself (inches-wise) at the start of this journey so that I had another data point, but oh well.)
But putting the weight aside, this journey has been unbelievably healthy for me, both physically and emotionally. Exercising has truly made a world of difference in my mental health. I know everyone always says that, but man - it was like taking a magic pill that suddenly made me happier and more focused. Who wouldn’t want that?? And because my brain is receiving the dopamine it needs from exercise, I’m no longer craving junk food 24/7. Instead, I can have a normal, moderated amount of dessert and less-than-healthy food, and I don’t feel like I’m missing something.