Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Day 10 of the Pete Cohen 28 Day Challenge

I am now on Day 10 of Pete Cohen’s 28 Day Challenge and I’m pretty proud of myself for making it this far. Like I’ve said before, I have the attention span of a gnat and if I don’t see imediate changes I lose interest. The one thing that has kept me going with Pete’s program is the encouragement that I get not only from him but from other women who are using his program (I’ve even heard from ladies in Britain!). Knowing that there is a posse of women out there who believe I can accomplish my goals is enough to keep me moving forward.

For today’s journal entry, Pete asked us to take a moment and reflect on what we’ve done so far and what we’ve accomplished. I’ve had good days and bad days (like everyone else I assume). For example, yesterday I was out taking care of some errands and I got incredibly hungry so I stopped at a fast food place to grab a quick bite. All the way home I felt guilty but even worse I became increasingly angry. Why? Because the food wasn’t even good enough to warrant the extra workout, guilt or anger that I felt for eating it in the first place. Ain’t that a blip?

Anyway, Pete also wanted us to assess our tool usage so far:

1. Eating slowly ~ I have failed miserably at this. I just cannot slow it down no matter how hard I try. Ok, well, maybe if I was totally focused on eating I could. The problem is that I’m doing so many other things while I’m eating that I just grab and shovel, grab and shovel, grab and shovel…

2. Eating only when hungry ~ I’m definitely getting better at this. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some mindless eating every now and then ’cause there has been. However, when I do munch on stuff, I try to make sure that it’s healthy (carrot sticks, celery and trail mix).

3. Moving during the day ~ On days when I’m tied to my computer I make sure that I get up every few minutes to move my body. I also bought a pair of Therashoe running shoes and boots and a pair of Earth Footwear slippers so that I can get some benefits from my wanderings around the house.

4. Getting 20 to 30 minutes of exercise ~ I started the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge again, this time on the high intensity. That thing kicks butt! I’ve also added 10 to 15 minutes on the Weider Stepper twice a week.

5. Carving out time for myself ~ Every Friday I go to KB’s Coffee House for coffee and chatter with a couple of ladies. I take whatever crocheting project I’m working on and I sit for a couple of hours, drink coffee and simply relax. ALL MOTHERS SHOULD DO THIS!

6. Getting enough sleep ~ Well, I haven’t slept in 16 years…

7. Drinking water ~ Two days this week I was able to drink 50.7 oz of water. There’s room for improvement but I’m happy so far.

So overall, these are my impressions…

I have been moving a lot more and that feels real good. Even when I don’t exercise, I know that my body is feeling the benefits of the previous days’ work. I’m able to walk up and down the stairs without getting winded.

Not only have I lost weight but I’ve lost inches. I still can’t see any changes in my body (what is up with that?) but I know they’re taking place.

So there it is, my pat on the back.

Disclosure: I received a free membership to Pete Cohen’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge courtesy of Mamavation. I did not receive any compensation from EA Sports, Therashoe or Earth Footwear for mentioning their products.

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