Look at me go! I lost weight again last week: I was down 1.2 pounds at Saturday’s Weight Watchers meeting, for a total loss of 8.6 pounds in a mere two weeks — still well ahead of the 1-2 pounds per week guidelines. I hope that I can lose another 1.4 pounds this week, so that I can hit the ten pound mark. Not only will it feel good (both physically and emotionally) to hit a nice, big, round number like TEN, but it will represent an important milestone in my weight loss journey. When I have lost 10 pounds, I will have hit my 5% target. That means I’ll have lost 5% of my starting body weight, and how amazing is that?
I’m going to do a few things this week that I think will help me reach that goal.
1. I’m going to get moving more.
Since my kids are back in school, this one should be easy. I walk them to school for the entry bell at 8:40, and from there I’ll hit the road (literally) and walk home the long way. This will give me a chance to enjoy the beautiful late-summer morning weather we get here in Calgary, as well as giving me a chance to spend some time alone reflecting on the day ahead. It’s nearly a 5km loop to walk home the long way, or I can cut it short and make it 2km if I’m pushed for time. Either way, I’ll be doing myself a favour by improving my physical fitness a bit and helping to boost my weight loss efforts. I’m also going to attend the Tuesday evening drop-in yoga class at my instructor’s studio. I will reap physical and emotional benefits from both the exercise and quiet personal reflection.
2. I’m going to get more sleep.
I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, and I know that this has negative impacts on pretty much all areas of my life. So I’ll try to do something about it this week. I know that my kids thrive on having a consistent bedtime routine, so I’m going to try to apply the same principles to myself. By 10:00 I’ll aim to be in my pyjamas, teeth brushed and ready for bed. I’ll allow myself some time to read but I’ll be sure to turn off the light by 11:00, so I can wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 7:00 a.m.
And since I know that biting off more than I can chew is a sure way to set myself up for failure, I think I’ll keep it at that. Get moving more and get more sleep. Both changes will bring me greater physical and emotional strength, as well as boosting my weight-loss efforts and hopefully helping me achieve that milestone 5% goal.