little by little

by Patricia on May 4, 2010 · 6 comments

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In the last couple of months I’ve faced the truth about my eating habits, and though I struggled a bit at first to make changes, I had a bit of a breakthrough recently. And while I am ecstatic that I finally saw the scale move in the right direction last week (I lost 1.5 pounds!), the biggest difference I’ve noticed is that I feel better (shocking, right?).

Some of the changes I’ve noticed:

  • Improved mood: I feel happy. And I haven’t had the crazy mood swings (you know where all of sudden the sugar or caffeine or alcohol or chocolate wears off and suddenly you’re sad or grouchy). I have even found myself spontaneously dancing in the morning although that could be more from me being goofy than anything I’m eating.
  • Better sleep: I can’t remember when it started but until a few weeks ago I didn’t feel like I could ever get enough sleep. I’d sleep 8 or more hours and wake up feeling lethargic and wanting a nap. But in the last few weeks, I wake up with energy, ready to tackle the day.
  • Less bloated: even when I should be bloated.
  • More energy: I don’t just wake up with energy, I have energy all day. It’s crazy.
  • Improved complexion: I’ve never really had a bad complexion but I’ve noticed my skin is more radiant and supple (I really don’t like that word but it is the best one I can think of to describe the change. Are there words you just don’t like?). And I need less moisturizer.

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What I’m doing different

  • I’m drinking more water:
    I bought a new water bottle (pictured up top) to help me drink more water. It holds 24 ounces of water, so I figure I need to drink 3-4 bottles per day. If you go by the 8-8ounce glasses rule, I need to drink 2.7 bottles per day. But if you go by the “half your body weight in ounces” rule, it’s a little over 3, so I aim for 3-4. The downside of drinking more is that it means peeing a lot more. This can be annoying sometimes but in theory my body will get used to it soon and then I won’t have to pee as much. And the benefits outweigh the annoyance.
  • I’m moving my butt more:
    I bought a pedometer after reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen decided she wanted to exercise better and as part of that effort she decided to wear a pedometer for a while to see how much she was walking. What she found was by tracking her steps, she walked more. I liked the simplicity of the idea so decided I would give it a shot. And while I don’t really push myself toward 10,000 steps per day the way Gretchen did, I do walk more. In a way the pedometer serves as a small reminder to get off of the couch and stop watching television. I don’t expect to wear it forever, but it has helped me be more aware of how much I am (or am not) moving.
  • I’m eating 5 a day:
    I try to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable with every meal and most snacks. It’s easier than it sounds: thawed out frozen blueberries or a banana on top of cereal for breakfast, an apple with peanut butter for a snack, lots of tomato in my pasta, etc. The last time I focused on eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday (about 2.5 years ago), I lost 5 pounds in a month without making any other changes. So I’m giving it another shot. I’ve been doing this now for almost 2 weeks and have lost 1.5 pounds.
  • I don’t let myself get bored:
    I bake when I’m bored. I eat when I’m bored. I watch mind-numbing reality television (Clean House anyone?) while eating chocolate chip cookies when I’m bored… well, you get the idea. I’m finding other ways to keep my hands busy, like writing and crafting. And other ways to keep my mouth busy like talking with friends and chewing gum.

I still have a ways to go to my weight loss goal but I’ve made progress and I’ll get there little by little without starving myself or working out 4 hours a day. I was just excited to discover all of the other benefits that I wanted to share it with you.

What habits have made the biggest impact on your health?

{ 5 comments }

1 Jessa August 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Glad to hear about the changes you’ve seen by eating clean. I know I have been seeing a huge change in me since eating clean about 2 months ago. People have always told me I had china doll skin, but even since eating clean people have noticed a change in my skin and even my body.

Changes I’ve noticed: improved mood {even in traffic}, more energy {though I still have issues with getting up}, clearer skin, not craving foods I used to eat a lot of {bread, sweets of any baked variety} or eating when I’m bored or stressed plus an added bonus of a happiness in my heart about myself that I’ve never had before.

Two of my favorite things
1) God
2) Clean eating

2 Silvia May 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

thanks for the inspiration. i’ve been feeling the same way and it’s so helpful to know that making small changes like that will pay off!

3 Beth May 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

Great job!! Girl I think you read my mind. I made the mental commitment on January 1 after I saw pictures of myself on New Years Eve and was horrified. Guess eating my way through the holidays wasn’t the best idea… So a friend and I made a pact (and set a goal-date of June 12) and dedicated ourselves to 6 months of being kind to our bodies. Which translated into eating better (a few Weight Watchers stints + a juice cleanse – it really works!), drinking more water (just like you!), drinking LESS alcohol (sad but necessary) and working out more (I joined a gym and signed up for a half-marathon as motivation). Now it’s almost June, I just completed the half this past weekend, and I’m down 16 pounds. Oh, and I met a boy in the middle somewhere — sometimes you just need that extra incentive ;) Congrats, congrats and keep up the good work! p.s. if you find a way to keep the weight off and STILL bake, let me know… my blog is suffering from my new “healthy” lifestyle.

4 Kissy Lovestuff May 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thanks for the inspiration…and yay, you!

5 Joanna May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

Way to go Patricia!!!! Just keep on going, one day at a time! ?

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