Bad Habits? ME!?!
Okay dear ones, this "Memorial Weekend" --
I am MEMORIALIZING my BAD HABITS!
Yesterday's Blog was all about my discovery of SLEEP HABITS
I didn't think sleeping specific times of the day would matter in this weight loss journey as long as I made sure I got 6 to 8 hrs of sleep each 'day/night.' But, here I am, a perfect example of someone who has tried it ALL -- I AM SO DARNED PERFECT & SO FRUSTRATED by losing mere ounces each week!!!
BOTH my trainer AND my doctor said, "You've done it 'all'... EXCEPT change your sleep habits! I challenge you, when your deadlines are met, to reset your body clock. Begin waking up at 4-5am in the morning to begin your day & exercise FIRST THING. Do exactly what you are doing now, only change the time of day and you will see the fat melt off your body like all the others in my program."
TODAY'S BAD HABIT
TO 'BREAK' (drumroll, please).........
Stepping on the scale EVERY MORNING!
I am too old for TOM to visit and I am so darned 'perfect'- I would naturally expect the scale to move down mere ounces each and every day... wouldn't you!? Of course, my scale fluctuates up and down so I begin each morning stressed out and flustered and in a foul mood nagging at my stupid body.
Because of morning weigh-ins and 'my' expectations... My Stress-Level is OFF THE CHARTS! THIS is 'why' I'm not losing as quickly! The stress hormone "cortisol" is affecting my weight loss. Too much cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty, salty and sugary foods... but as I've said in previous blogs, I've been so darned PERFECT! Making only healthy food choices!
Prolonged stress can alter blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, and conditions like hyperglycemia. Too much stress has even been linked to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health concerns that can lead to greater health problems, like heart attacks and diabetes.
Excessive stress even affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat. Unfortunately, abdominal fat is not only aesthetically undesirable, it’s linked with greater health risks than fat stored in other areas of the body.
I didn't weigh-in today & My trainer doesn't want me to weigh or measure until HBO returns July 9th but I LOVE my BLC Team
and can't imagine life without you so I'll weigh on Wednesdays. So far, I've managed to lose a little each Wednesday so perhaps if I drop my expectations of losing BIG, then I'll be happy on Wednesday's weigh-ins.
Here's an article I found to help us 'Reduce Stress and Weight at the Same Time!'-- "Tools and Tips For Staying Fit When Stressed"
It might take me 4x as long as 'normal' people to reach my healthy weight goals, but I'll get there! ... this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down-- it’s the staying down!!!
One of my favorite quotes: "Desire is the key to motivation, but it's DETERMINATION and COMMITMENT to an UNRELENTING PURSUIT of your goal -- a COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek." -- Mario Andretti
Have a GREAT week, Everybody...