It’s hard to believe that February has come to an end and I’m 2 months into my new, healthier lifestyle. I can’t say that this month has been easy. In fact, it was probably more difficult than I’d ever imagined. If I’m being completely honest, my month was full of setbacks and disappointments.
Typically, when I start a diet, the 2nd month is usually the month that I give up; however, I haven’t and I’m not planning on it. Instead, I’m going to use my failures to motivate me to keep going and to prove to myself that I can do this.
5 Changes in February:
- The Scale: I started off by weighing myself every morning. I was finding that my weight fluctuated so much, I was getting discouraged. I found that on the days I would eat poorly, I would lose weight and the days that I would eat well and walked 3 miles, I would gain weight. I have since decided to only weigh myself once a week and live by the “no news is good news” motto.
- Tracking Our Activity: My hubby and I received vivoactive 3 activity trackers from Garmin (stay tuned for our next blog post). I’m finding that it’s really pushing me to reach my goals everyday. It tracks not only our steps, but our stress level, our heart rate and more. It’s an added accountability tool that I love.
- Period: One thing I learned in February was that vegan and vegetarians have irregular periods (at least at first). Who knew that what we eat can affect our menstrual cycle. It’s actually thrown me off completely. I’m finding that I’m 1-2 weeks late, my periods aren’t as long as they used to be and I feel totally different before and during.
- Allowing Myself to Cheat: At first, I was very careful about what I ate, but then I realized that stopping myself from having dessert every now and then was actually hurting me. In the past, if I deprived myself, I would binge at some point. So now, if I want a piece of chocolate or a cookie, I eat one. I realized that it’s ok, as long as I don’t go overboard. It makes me feel less like I’m being punished and more like I’m just eating better, with an occasional treat.
- Maintaining My Weight: While I didn’t lose any weight this month, I am also not gaining weight, which is good. As my body adjusts to the changes, I hope the weight will eventually come off.
I appreciate you following my journey to a healthier lifestyle. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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Heather is the Mom of three and a marketing professional. She enjoys graphic design, writing, photography and making new memories with her family.