Yeah I met my 21 day challenge! Am I stopping here?? Heck no! I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to develop a habit and wanted to see if the theory held true. Well let’s see….I’m trying to think of what I’ve learned during these 21 days….
1. You can set a goal and stick to it! I seem to have it ingrained in my head that it’s just my job to get up, eat right (try to stay within 1800), and exercise a little each day.
2. Exercising each day isn’t so bad. I set my goal for just 15 min a day each day because I knew it was something I could maintain. Since I exercised 7 days a week instead and averaged 15 or more min each day I actually exceeded that day. Keeping that 15 min goal in my mind to me really kept it all in perspective.
3. Low carb foods are good! I dabbled a bit more into the low carb world. I seriously like my starches so I steered more towards items like low carb wraps and pitas. They were a bit more expensive but I’m worth it! I also found out they tasted good and saved me a ton of carbs and calories!
4. Sugar is BAD for me. I know I know all things in moderation, so sure I can have a little sweetner in things but seriously eating very high carbs and sweets is a bid no no for me. I did splurge once on my journey and allowed for a dark chocolate candy bar. That evening I felt light headed and was left craving more candy! Sugar for me is like the worst drug. All it takes is a taste and you want more! Lesson learned, it’s ok to have a bite but keep in mind the dangers of mindlessly eating.
5. Speaking of mindlessly eating….I think I now have better control of that. I used to eat food with so much abandon it’s like I was hallucinating or something and when I’d “wake up” the food was gone stuffed down my face so quickly I really didn’t even enjoy it. So what did I do??? Well since I didn’t enjoy the first time around this seemed to give me a pass to eat even more.
6. I’ve also really realized how many calories, fat, and carbs are really laden in foods. Geez Louise, when you count every morsel going into your mouth you do reach a point where you say to yourself “WOW I eat a lot!!!!” My body is not like anyone elses. I do not have the luxury of eating anything I want and not gaining a pound. I have to account for each thing I eat and I really had an eye opener when I realized when I go to the kitchen and grab a handful of cereal or a couple of my son’s cheesies that those foods do count and they do add up.
7. Not all food are created equal. I REALLY realized that I had much better food choices to make than what I was presently making. Seriously, I could have a 100 cal wrap made with a 70 calorie low carb tortilla and some sliced turkey that equaled 30 calories OR I could eat one small block of chocolate for 100 calories!!!! It was like a huge realization that yeah I could diet and still be full I just had to eat the right things.
So now that I’m done with the 21 day challenge I’m really to keep on losing weight and I DO NOT want to stop my goals of exercising each day and eating right!