The 7-Day Challenge concluded yesterday, and I have to say it was EXACTLY what I needed.
I’ll tell you right now that I veered off the challenge a bit. I refuse to say I cheated because that just suggests that I failed. I had coffee a few days, only a cup on each of those days. I had a tuna sandwich the night before it concluded, and I used bread, but aside from those moments, I did my best to adhere to the challenge.
At the end of the week, I lost EIGHT POUNDS.
Not as much as the 13 I lost when I first did the challenge last year, but I am VERY pleased.
Things I learned during these 7 days:
- Menu planning is crucial. I usually do grocery shopping on Fridays, and before Friday, I plan out the following week’s menu then make a shopping list to that menu. I always first think main meals, but it’s equally important to think about snacks and those “grabby foods” you reach for while watching TV or working on the computer because those little treats often pack a major punch in regards to calories, fats, sugar, and sodium.
- If you can get your workout in at the start of your day, do it. Not only was I more energetic the rest of the day when I walked in the morning, but also I felt accomplished before I did a lick of real-world work.
- Being kind to yourself is a MUST. This health journey is hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. We are often our worst critics during this process, and it is vital that we heap on the self-love. As soon as you wake up in the morning, you should be encouraging yourself, declaring victory over the day’s battles (to include the food and exercise battles). Throughout the day, you should be speaking positive words to yourself, and in the evening, as you’re assessing what worked and what didn’t work, you should still love yourself, congratulate yourself, and set goals for an even better tomorrow.
- Exercise matters. When I did this challenge last year, I was all into fitness. I was walking every day, doing various fitness videos, doing strength training. I was #TeamFitness. Which explains why I also lost 13 pounds that time. I ate pretty much the same this time as last time. Those five additional pounds lost last year had to happen from something, right? I’m thinking exercise.
I plan to continue this challenge… but with some modifications. I love bread, but I know I can’t attack it every day, but I won’t give it up completely. I need moderation. And that’s the key word: MODERATION. To get this journey back on track, I will need to focus on MODERATION and focus on more exercise.
Once upon a time, I was a newbie to all of this, and through habit, I learned to love, to crave working out and how it made my mind, body, and spirit feel.
I plan to get back to that space.