Day 36: Week 6

Day 35

I resisted the temptation to snack last night and ended my day at 1,494 calories. It wasn’t easy. I bought a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts earlier in the day to take to a meeting I was supposed to attend; but I decided to skip it since I wasn’t feeling all that great. I may be sort of obsessed with Dunkin Donuts and the only one near me is an hour away, so I don’t get to eat them ever. Needless to say, the box of donuts sat on my kitchen counter and I could swear they were calling my name.

I’m still amazed I managed to go to bed without scarfing down half the box. That must be a good sign that I’m moving in the right direction right?

Final step count: 20,022

Day 36

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about how far I’ve come since I started this challenge. No, I haven’t lost 10 lbs or dozens of inches off my waist and thighs, but I have continued to make positive changes; which was sort of the whole point.

When I started this challenge five weeks ago, I was steadily gaining weight. I was drinking two to three cocktails a night, I wasn’t exercising, I was eating everything in sight, and I was feeling pretty awful, both physically and emotionally.

By starting this challenge, I had hoped I could get the snowball of positive change rolling. By writing these daily posts, I was hoping for accountability. I feel like I’ve been successful on both fronts.

Although I’ve struggled and had my fair share of failures meeting my goals every day, I’ve made a lot of progress so far. In weeks one through five of this challenge:

  • I’ve averaged over 15,000 steps a day since day one.
  • I’ve lost most of the weight I’d regained over my vacation – approximately 4 lbs.
  • I’ve lost an inch and a half from my waist and an inch from my hips.
  • I’ve stopped drinking alcohol most nights.
  • And most importantly, I’m feeling so much better about myself and my ability to reach my goals.

I’m feeling a lot more motivated overall. I’ve felt less anxious, and I’ve also felt a sense of accomplishment at sticking with this, despite the ups and downs. I’m excited to see what the next few weeks bring.

I’m also really enjoying filling out my little spreadsheet thing. I feel like it’s turned out to be a better motivational tool than I had expected it to be. I definitely intend to keep using it as long as I’m doing this challenge.

Happy Friday!

Current step count: 6,242

Current step goal streak: 6 days
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days

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