Well, I basically made no progress this week. I essentially copied last week’s formula of eating healthy during the week and bingeing on junk food during the weekend. Just to give you an idea of what I mean by junk food bingeing, here are some of the things I ate.
1.5 bags of potato chips
A giant piece of vegan chocolate cake
A vegan waffle with whipped cream and ice cream
A greasy Asian noodle box
A vegan ice cream cookie sandwich
A vegan Danish pastry
1 raw chocolate bounty bar
The biggest portion of Indian food imaginable
I’m being honest because I want people to be able to relate to the experience of failing to meet their goals. It’s easy to start thinking “once I slip-up I might as well give up” and “today doesn’t count, I’ll just start tomorrow”. These thoughts can lead to panicking and overeating when we should instead just enjoy our little slip-up and return to healthy eating as soon as possible.
No matter how much I try to avoid it, the weight loss mentality keeps creeping into my mind. I know it’s all in my head but it’s just so frustrating! I need to pull myself together; it’s just so damn hard!
I am persevering by forging ahead with small baby steps. After all, a healthy lifestyle is nothing but the aggregate of good and bad choices!
The first week of my weight loss journey went well, albeit with a few minor slip ups (I went to the movies with my sister on Sunday and JUST HAD to have some of her popcorn and vegan candy). I started the week by trying to eat 6 small meals a day, but I couldn’t get my body to adjust to it and it felt unnatural. So instead, I opted to only eat when hungry or lacking energy.
I have made my meals healthier by focusing more and more on including vegetables into my home cooking (you might notice a theme here). One of my go to snacks has been carrot sticks dipped in hummus- a tasty, filling midday snack!
My biggest slip-up came over the weekend when my boyfriend and I were house-sitting for a neighbour. Something in our new environment sparked a glutinous whim within us and we bought a giant bag of curly fries from the grocery store to share (should have made my homemade oil-free fries instead!). Nonetheless, I felt I kept the wheels on the bus as I didn’t eat any other blatantly unhealthy foods, instead snacking on fruit and rice cakes.
I consider my first week a success! By focusing on my healthy choices and not dwelling on the slip-ups, I’m able to keep my momentum going. My goal this week is to not slip-up as much and make progress, however small. A healthy lifestyle and subsequent weight-loss is a marathon, not a sprint!
I feel a bit hesitant about
publishing this post since we fortunately live in a time where self-love and
body positivism has a major presence in our society and I don’t want to knock
or derail it in anyway. I’m completely on board with the self-love movement and
I think it’s really important to have a healthy relationship with your body.
Even though I’m currently at
a normal, healthy weight I still want to loose a few kilos (or lbs. for ya’ll
‘Muricans). I have a cute amount of chubbiness around my mid-section, but alas,
I still finding myself wanting to get rid of it! I just don’t like the idea of yellow,
stored, unnecessary fat around my organs. I know I could teach myself to love
and accept it, but I’m young and want to push my body to new heights before
it’s too late.
I hope you’ll follow my little
weight loss journey here on the blog as I give you weekly updates on how it’s
going. I don’t believe in dieting or hardliner restrictions I’m just going to
try to swap guilty habit junk foods for more whole foods! I’m very physically active
and I’m going to continue exercising daily.
I’m convinced that for
sustainable results I can’t starve myself by obsessively counting calories. Therefore,
my strategy is to lose weight slowly so I can acclimate myself to a healthier
lifestyle with greater ease. There is only one way to loose weight which is to
burn more than you consume- no one said you have to burn it all off in a month!
Remember that everyone is
different so what works for me may not be the best fit for you! Now that I’ve shared this
with the Internet there is no going back! I’m so excited!