If you read last Saturday’s post, you know that I challenged myself and anyone out there to take the next 90 days to improve their state of health. I am taking things slowly and working on only a couple of things a week so I don’t get overwhelmed and give up.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
A Bad Week to Start
This week was kind of a pissy one for starting a health plan. Three days into it I had lost 2.5 lbs. only to gain them back with the onset of my monthly cycle; the water weight plumps me up like a dead raccoon on the hottest day of the year (sorry about the gross analogy). If losing weight was my focus, I would be most disappointed right now for not having any great first week loss to tell you about. But since it’s not, I’m fine with it.
The Up Side
I did eat a whole lot better this week. Adding at least a serving or two of fresh veggie/fruit juice each day has perked up my energy. The sugary snacks took a back seat to apples, celery, and rice cakes. In general, I believe I cut down on several health-zapping culprits that needed to be put in their place -the garbage.
Water intake was no problem; I love being hydrated. My mom taught me to love fresh water instead of soda pop. Thanks, Mom. I stuck to one cup of coffee on most days and even drank a couple servings of green tea.
The Live Strong Site
I was able to record my food and water intake, as well as my fitness activities on the Livestrong.com website. Putting it all in front of you like that helps so much. Knowing what you can eat and how much exercise you need keeps you from backsliding on your plan. It’s like having a friend that you’re accountable to. If you haven’t visited the site yet, check it out this week.
The Down Side
I did get a really bad migraine on Monday, one that required a Demerol/Phenergan shot. The setback on my cleanse was a bummer, but there’s always next week to start again.
I was in a pretty grumpy mood most of the week…just ask my family. They hate it when I do the “health thing” that makes me crazy for the first week or so. I’ll be okay, and so will they.
Next Week’s Goals
1. Continue to drink at least 8 glasses of clean water a day
2. Continue to record my meals, water intake, and fitness on livestrong.com
3. Lose the weight that I gained this week
4. Up my cardio by riding the stationary bike at least 3 times.
5. Practice my deep-breathing every day
6. Increase my servings of fresh juices to 2 times a day
7. Drink green tea every day
Make sure to let me know if you want to join the challenge. You can be a part of our 90 day quest for better health no matter what your goals are. Tell us what one thing you know you need to do for your health but can’t seem to accomplish it. We’ll be looking for your comments this week. Be well-be beautiful.
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