‘Never Let A Stumble In The Road Be The End Of Your Journey.’
Generally speaking, I’m a happy-go-lucky, spontaneous optimist. If ever someone had to volunteer to jump off a cliff, I’d be that crazy person who dive-bombed into the unknown below – probably with a great big smile and insane whoop.
But when it comes to figuring something new out, it tends to take me a while. Give me a theory and tell me to implement it just like that, and I’ll tether on the verge of either tears or curses. Give me time to figure out how it works for myself and chances of my failing are pretty much non-existent. Basically, I’m a slow starter, but once I’m on the move nothing can stop me.
And although I embarked on this journey with a lot of enthusiasm and optimism, I have yet to take the leap, so to speak…
I’ll be honest with you guys, this first week of my 52 kg journey did not go as I’d planned.
…What Happened This Week…
In the picture above I charted whether or not I managed to stick to a low-carb diet for every day of the week. As you can see from the giant, dark X’s, I did not do so well. Actually, I did horribly!
On the first day of my journey, I was struck with a migraine (probably from the onset of summer heat). This migraine lasted until Tuesday and all the while I could not bring myself to prepare food. When hunger, dizziness and a low blood sugar finally compelled me to eat at the end of the day, I was at the point where I reached for any food that was close-by – i.e. bread, pizza, cereal laden with sugar and fast food.
I had trouble sleeping with the migraine at the start of the week, and when the migraine finally passed, I was exhausted and pretty much slept for 2 days thereafter. It began a vicious cycle with my days and nights being reversed. I tossed and turned all night, then conked out for most of the day. So, although the migraine only lasted for the first 3 days, the effect it had on my routine was devastating.
Because I was so tired and unsettled, my energy levels took a dip, so that when I did eat, it was inevitably junk food and, because I would skip meals, I would end up overeating. By the weekend, I had rested enough to go strawberry picking with a friend, but the heat went to my head, and I ended up feeling nauseous and light-headed after being in the sun for too long.
Needless to say, my first week was an utter failure. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t end up gaining more weight than just 0.3 kg!
…Changes I Made This Week…
The only positive thing I can claim to have achieved this week was swapping out the sugar I would add to my tea and coffee for xylitol and stevia.
…What I Learned This Week…
Simply put, this past week I learned that being healthy entails more than just following a proper diet. It is also about looking after oneself, getting enough rest and establishing a routine made up of healthy habits.
Being healthy is much like a juggling act: you need to balance the different factors (e.g. sleep, diet, stress management, fitness) at the same time. If one ball drops, so do the others.
…Mantra For The Week…
…My Goals For Next Week…
By the end of next week, I hope to be back in my regular routine and sleeping habits, and to have started on a low-carb diet. I also have an appointment with my doctor to check my heart health in order to make sure I can start exercising again. With any luck, I’ll be sweating out the next time you hear from me!
Thanks for reading and keeping up with my challenge! If you’re also working to improve your weight and health, keep at it! Don’t give up! A bad week is nothing more than a step in the right direction! You can do this! With much love, Lize. Xx
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