Like the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers, well I have worked hard in April and it has brought brightness into May. Yes you can say I flowered. I am also ready to tackle May and going to that this little kitten and see myself like the big tiger and ROAR!
The day before I began the program for March I got my weights and measures done at Curves, do this monthly. Today I had them again a month later and I was 4.5 lbs down and lost a total of 2 inches!!! Happy dance!
I did stick to my food and exercise plan. The Reader's Digest diet is not a hard one but does take a little working and you are giving up all sugars except honey and no artificial sweeteners. The artificial sweetener was hard here and there, I am not a big sweet eater but I do love my chai tea and on the sweet side. I have drank it with honey this last month and although not bad it was not what I really wanted. But I was determined to stick to it and did!!!! Also there is no real bread so no toast or potatoes. Also two very hard things for me to not have but it was the challenge.
So on to plans for May, since I have 1/3 of the way to the overall goal I set I am not ready to stop but it is also time to do some tweeking to see if I can add back a little something now and then and still keep having positive results. I am realistic, that the big lose at the beginning is not sustainable in the long run, but I still want to lose and am willing to give it the time it needs, it is the progress that is important to me. Hey I spent the last 9 years to get to a healthy weight and what is few more months to get back there. ( it was a lousy fall and early new year, too much stress and worry and well things out of my control. Now I am working to get those things I can control worked out and learn how to let the rest go.)
Eating: to remain on the fade way part of the diet for the month and every couple weeks to do a finishing day( which adds a little more variety like bread or pasta) but just for a day.
Excercise: To go to Curves(strength training) 3-4 times a week
To walk 6 days a week and 3 of those 3 miles or more
To add some extra strength at home in short spurts daily
To do Shabashi stretching at least twice a week
To take a day of rest or at least a few hours for myself
Make daily meditation or even 10 minutes part of the plan
Mostly I want to find a plan that lets me enjoy the things I like food wise in moderation, to find joy in taking time for myself and an exercise routine that is livable and doable for me.
So whose going to join me is really getting back to it in May! Only you can make the real difference and it all starts with committing to something and then working it out and keeping it going. One step at a time and just never giving up, even if you make a mis step to just get up and keep going forward. You are worth it and so is living a life that makes us happy.
Have a great month ahead and take care, you always have a friend in me,
Hugs and smiles