Today marks the one month anniversary of my weight loss journey and blog!
They say time flies when you’re having fun, but have I been having fun over the last thirty days? Let’s chat about that. 🙂
To be honest, the past month has actually felt like thirty days. 🗓 🙄
Thirty days of having to watch my diet. 🍓🥕😭🥦🥗
Thirty days of not wanting to watch my diet. 🌮🍕😍🍔🍟
Thirty days of trying to be more active. 🏃🏽♀️🏋️♀️
Thirty days of not understanding why playing Conan Exiles doesn’t qualify as “being more active”. 🎮 😏
I mean, running through the desert in a loin cloth whilst spear-hunting crocodiles and other deathly creatures sounds pretty dang active to me. Sure, it’s just a video game, but think of the mental effort it requires to survive such a harsh (albeit pixelated) world! Doesn’t button mashing burn any calories at all!? 😩
If it did, I’d be a 00. Just sayin.
But I digress…
The past month has presented me with challenges and triumphs alike, many of which I’ve already shared. Even though I’m not sure how many pounds/inches I’ve lost so far (if any at all 🤔), my efforts have yielded some interesting and surprising results.
So today, I would like to share four totally unexpected changes and realizations that have come out of my first month trying to lose weight.
#1 Coffee Is No Longer King
Although it hurts me to say this, I am no longer sure that I love coffee as much as I did before embarking on this adventure. But be forewarned: This is not to say that I no longer have a dependency on the caffeine that coffee provides! Instead, this just means that I no longer find coffee as appealing as it has been for the last 15 years of my life.
Shortly before starting this blog and making the commitment to change my life for the better, I took a one month hiatus from all forms of coffee. No iced lattes. No caramel macchiatos. No coffee whatsoever. Surprisingly enough, my coffee-free month was super easy to get through; the caffeine withdrawal symptoms were slim to none.
However, once that month was over and I required additional energy to get through my workouts, I fell off of the Starbucks wagon and took to drinking coffee once more.
Yet, something had changed. Suddenly, coffee tasted extremely bitter and almost offensive. Even though I remembered loving the taste of coffee, my tastebuds no longer agreed with my fond, cream-laden memories.
The result? My coffee habit went from several cups a day to one coffee a week—if that.
Over the last month, I have significantly reduced my caffeine intake, which is a major step in the right direction. Since coffee has often taken the place of the water my body desperately needs but has rarely received, saying goodbye to my beloved cups of joe has prompted me to do a much better job staying hydrated.
I’ve been going to bed much earlier (on occasion) as well, which has given my body the ability to rest and recuperate. Perhaps drinking a large cup of coffee each night wasn’t such a good idea after all? 🙃
#2 Super Sweet Stuff Suddenly Seems Sickening
Before starting this journey, I really liked chocolate. In fact, I liked all sweets. You may even remember the first week of the blog, when I clung to my daily scoop of ice cream for dear life. I may not have had enough calories to have a single real morsel of food, but I was going to have my sugar fix.
At first, I was afraid to completely let go of my sweets because I didn’t want to start doing something completely unrealistic and unsustainable. After all, the likelihood of me permanently cutting dessert out of my life is like pigs flying—it’s never going to happen.
For as much as I’ve tried to still enjoy my sweet treats in moderation, I’ve started to have a serious change of heart. Slowly but surely, my tastebuds have started to find sweets less and less appealing. Cravings for sugary things are far less frequent, and I have found it very difficult to finish the treats I’ve allowed myself to enjoy.
Everything just tastes so dang sweet now. Like, way too sweet. Grossly sweet. Most of the Easter candy I’ve nibbled on has left me wondering if I’ve instantly “caught” diabetes just by touching it. You would not believe how much candy is still lying about the place, unwanted. On the upside, there’s a good chance that I will be able to recycle the stuff next Easter (not really… that’s gross). 😂 It will probably take me that long to get rid of it though.
Though I can’t particularly understand it, I no longer find it desirable to consume as much sugar as I once did. Even when I do decide to have a little something, it’s just that—a little. A whole slice has turned into half a slice. A full bowl has been reduced down to a scoop. A handful has turned into three or four pieces.
Between knowing how many calories are hidden in each sugary snack and no longer being able to stomach too much of a “good” thing, my sugar consumption is down at least 75%.
#3 Inflammation Is Insidious
When it comes to being able to look in the mirror and actually see this month’s results firsthand, I’ve often had to wonder if my eyes are failing me. It has been extremely hard to tell what progress I have made so far due to one thing: inflammation. Throughout the past month, it has been made glaringly clear that inflammation is a significant problem. However, this is by no means a new issue.
Many years ago, I noticed that something was wrong. From hour to hour and day to day, my physical appearance would change drastically. One moment, I would look quite heavy and puffy faced. However, only a few hours later, my face would be back to normal and it’d appear that I had suddenly lost 10 pounds. It was horrible because other people even noticed it.
At the time, I questioned whether I had an unknown allergy to something I was eating. When I was finally tested for food allergies, I was told that I wasn’t allergic to anything. However, the doctor found this to be very odd, as she said that everyone is allergic to at least one thing or another. Confused but tired of being poked and prodded, I failed to pursue the matter further.
Unfortunately, I have recently begun having problems with inflammation all over again. Sometimes my clothes will hang off my frame as though I’m literally swimming in them. Not even a day later, I can look in the mirror and appear nine months pregnant. I hate it. 😭
It’s extremely frustrating because on the days that I’m not swollen and puffed up, I can tell that my workouts have been working. Yet, on the days that I’m clearly inflamed, I believe I look downright awful in everything I put on. Most of the time, I refuse to leave the house or take photos because of it. I know something isn’t right at all, but I cannot figure out what is causing the issue.
At first, I thought coffee was part of the problem, but now that I’ve stopped drinking it for days at a time, I know the inflammation has another cause entirely.
Perhaps it’s time for me to determine the root(s) of the problem through trial and error– as tedious is that process might be. I would have to eat one type of food a day so I may observe the way my body reacts. If there’s inflammation when I eat it, I will know what to stay away from in the future. We shall see…
#4 Sleep Is Everything
One of the most noticeable changes I’ve experienced during the first four weeks of my weight loss journey is my attitude towards sleep. Never before have I desired to sleep as much as I do now. It is hard to determine what is going on, but I have spent this entire month wanting to sleep my life away. Naps have taken the place of snacking; it’s my new favorite hobby.
This is not to say that I actually go to bed at a decent hour. Heavens, no! There are still nights when I don’t wind down until well past two in the morning, but it’s far less often than before. On average, I might finally fall asleep just after midnight, which is a huge change for me.
But even though I’m still staying up pretty late, my quality of sleep once I close my eyes is amazing. Once I fall asleep, I do not want to wake up… like, ever lol. No longer am I afraid to sleep in. If I have the opportunity to get some extra sleep, I take it and run!
I have no idea why I’m so tired these days. I mean, working out is supposed to give you more energy, right? In all fairness, working out does give me energy, but only for a few hours after I’ve finished. This is why I’m wide-eyed and bushy tailed all night long. Meanwhile, I spend my days itching to find a spare hour or two so I can curl up and hibernate. 😴
I have tried working out in the morning opposed to later in the day, but it makes very little difference. My body instinctively knows to get tired at the wrong time of day, so I’ve simply had to deal with it. Besides, I always like to think that excess pounds are dumped while I’m asleep. It’s illogical, but it does make me feel better about falling asleep every chance I get. 🙂
🎉 Thank You! 🎉
Before I go, I just wanted to end my one-month anniversary post by saying thank you to everyone who has decided to follow me on my journey thus far. It really surprised me that people were actually interested, but now that you guys are here I am so glad!
We hit 55 followers today (Hi, new people!), which really made me happy. Perhaps this isn’t such an impressive number to other bloggers, but I count each and every one of you as an absolute blessing. 🙂
As some of you may know, losing weight can be hard at times– especially if you sometimes struggle to see the fruits of your labor. There are definitely instances when I get discouraged, and although it never crosses my mind to give up, I have often wished that this process was a bit easier… and faster.
Many people who have managed to lose weight and reach their ideal size often credit the support of the people around them as a major key to their success. Whether it’s their family, their friends, their gym buddies, or their trainer, receiving support and encouragement from their tribe seems to have made all the difference when times got hard.
I must admit, I don’t have much in the way of support and encouragement. For most of the day, it’s just me, myself, and God. It can get pretty lonely at times, having to pick myself up when I temporarily don’t see the point of continuing. However, for the brief period of time that I hop on here to share the highs and lows of my day, I feel less alone. I have you guys to thank for that!
In addition to the kind comments and helpful “likes” my posts have received, some of you have been thoughtful enough to share my blog with others. I genuinely appreciate that. Self promotion has never been my gig, so I just want to thank all of you who have supported the blog by reaching out to people in your circle who might benefit from the silliness that goes on over here. 🙂
It is my hope to be able to reach other people who have struggled to lose weight as I have. I’d like to be proof that while someone’s weight loss journey may not be as easy as 1-2-3, it can be done. They are worth it.
And even if someone isn’t necessarily trying to achieve anything related to health and fitness, I still hope that my posts can at least make them think, feel, laugh… or maybe even cry. After all, we’re all human and we all have struggles. Perhaps sharing mine can help you feel better about your own.
I look forward to growing our group and having a chance to chit chat with some of you as we keep things moving. Here’s to a new month and another step towards greatness!
XO ❤️ XO
Today was Day 31.
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