We are one week into the New Year, and I decided to look at my resolutions and see how I am doing so far.
- Lose weight – I lost .2 pounds, and my measurements went down. While .2 pounds is a weight loss, it’s not as much as I was hoping for. I’ve logged in what I eat faithfully. I need to start switching up some of my meal choices.
- Exercise on a daily basis – I blew this one away. Over the week, I’ve ridden my stationary bike a total of 220 minutes (over 3.5 hours) and I’ve gone 32.8 miles.
- Reduce stress – I’m still working on this one, but I think I made some headway this week with the exercise. I’m smiling more.
- Take time out for myself – I’ve made progress here, too, with the exercise, and I’ve had time to read.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff – I’m working on this, too. School hasn’t started up yet, but I’ve tried hard to do this at work. I do what I can do and let the rest go.
- Read more – I’ve been reading a lot this week. I read while exercising, at lunchtime and at bedtime.
- Blog on a regular basis – I’ve also succeeded here. I’ve blogged something every day. I hope to keep that up.
I’d like to add one new resolution – I need to sleep more. According to webmd, “A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.” When I get up in the morning and make plans to go to bed right after I get home from work, I think that’s my body/brain trying to tell me I didn’t sleep enough. Of course, I never go to bed right after work – that’s just wishful thinking. If sleeping more helps me with my losing weight, I’m all for that.
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