weightloss first week
2020 July 13th
/Note: I am not a doctor or health expert. If you have trouble with your weight, please consult with your doctor! This is only my experience, but I like to share it and document it./
Recently I gained weight during this "awesome" time of pandemic. I also have this tendency to not sleep regularly. For like a few decades. :)
For me it, it's not about numbers, but how I feel. I also check my dresses, how they fit, which is a much better indicator, since you can see if you lose weight from the necessery parts of your body. Also I don't take photos. I am insecure like that, OK?
Not that I need a lot of weight to lose. Last Monday I was 69.3 kg. My optimal would be around 60, but currently I would settle for 64 kg. Ten years ago when I got cancer I was 83 kg! Yoyoing the last few years - up until 2017 - due to some emotional times.
However today my weight was only 67.2 kg, and I am very happy with the results. I feel better. I also know that the second week will be crucial since the past 6 months I was around 67, and no matter what I did couldn't lose any - except the first month of the pandemic.
For the past decade or so, I had trouble to go to bed in time. At one time I could only sleep from 4 am. Yes, I was an insomniac. My usual time to go to bed was between midnight and 2 am. I want to end it. I also wanted to get up early, so I could write about my weightloss experience and other shit, before I start the day.
One thing that helped me, that I can't really stay up late without some serious consequences the next day, namely I become so tired that I need 2-3 days to get back to normal. So to avoid this crappy feeling, I remind myself to it regularly, and go to bed before 10 pm, usually around 9.30. Sometimes I use ASMR stuff, sometimes I don't. I like to go to sleep listening people's talking, but only if I already heard it, otherwiser I pay attention too much.
I successfully did this for a week now. It's amazing.
In the past I didn't have a regular eating schedule apart from lunch. Sometimes I didn't have breakfast, sometimes I didn't eat dinner. It was a mess. I don't think that my stomach knew what I was doing. But it's over now.
I prepare my breakfast the day before. Currently it's a banana oatmeal bread with other fruits. In a container I mix oatmeal, crushed banana, plantbased milk, brown sugar, and chia/flex seeds, and put it in the fridge overnight.
I start my day, drinking water with lemon juice and then eat breakfast.
Lunch is the main and my last meal of the day, around noon. I batch cook usually, so I only need to re-heat it. I ate lots of potatoes with veggies this week. Red lentils, beans, are my favorites currently. I mainly eat carbs, since that's what moves are body and the fuel of our brain. I minimize fats, and I don't cook with oil. I usually take a nap after lunch.
After this, I only drink water - which you should anyway - for the rest of the day, except I love chickpeas. I eat a full can, just open it up, rinse it with lots of water, put it in a bowl and that's it. I allow snacking, I am not strickly intermittent fasting. It's also corn season, we like to boil it and eat it. Or I eat watermelon, which is filling and you don't need to chug down a liter of water, because melons are full of it.
Final component is moving. I don't like static exercises like lifting weights - although I have a nice set in my room - or doing stationary bike. The weather is nice, and there is no reason not to go out for a long, brisk walk under the sun. If the weather is crappy I do something inside. Exercise is not just good for the body, but your mental health too. I recognized I can be in a crappy (downright depressing) mood if I didn't have some exercise that day. I have some rest days, but not much.
TL;DR: I go to bed early, to get up early. This frames the day for activities and my body is not like a yoyo, which doesn't know what to do, when certain time comes. I eat two times a day, a good fruity breakfast with oatmeal, and a filling lunch midday. Take a nap if I need it. I drink lots of water during the day and allow myself some light snack if I am hungry. Every day I go outside to get some sun and move my body.
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