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Week 2: Progress Report - lost 3 lbs - WOOT WOOT

Sunday, January 17, 2021

So I've managed to string together two "losses" in two weeks. I'm feeling extra motivated by my success this week. I'm doubly happy too, because this was a very stressful work week and probably despite elevated cortisol levels - I didn't get too snacky. Although my neighbor did bring over a box of chocolates, of which I had several, but then got rid of the box.

This week my clothes have felt just the slightest bit roomier, and I've noticed my stomach has seemed the slightest bit flatter. Both non-scale victories that I'd noticed a couple days earlier this week, before officially checking my weight this morning, so I was happy to see a corresponding drop on the scale too.

I've also noticed that with the higher protein content of my meals, I'm feeling a lot more "satisfied" after eating. Previously when eating a more carb heavy diet - which I don't think my body does well with disproportionate carbs anyway - I'd would often find that I wasn't quite satisfied after eating dinner, and so would begin lurking around the kitchen to find something additional to snack on in the evenings (my most difficult time!) - and down the rabbit hole we'd go! So I feel like my metabolism might actually be in the process of resetting itself (if that's really a thing - which I think it is, so I'm going with it). I had started thinking that I was a carb addict - and I might still be - but it's been much more manageable since changing things up.

In other efforts to synergize my life - during New Years I decided to work on getting my real estate license, not really to sell property, but it's something I've always had an interest in, perhaps for investment purposes (or maybe a little side gig down the road when I leave or cut back at my regular job). And with covid, now you can do all the classes online at your own pace rather than in person - which is a great fit for my life. So I've been prioritizing getting through the coursework (at the expense of not having time to study Spanish - but that should only just be a couple weeks longer.) I'm half way done with the 90 hours as of today!

I bought this "Life Goals Planner" book for this year. I'm not really a planner person actually, but the book has a nice structure for outlining goals and steps to reach them. So I've outlined goals in all parts of my life and have been prioritizing them. I'm a big fan of checking things off on goal lists. This week I did get offtrack with the daily exercise - mostly due to unexpected work issues (seems like this is the story of my life!). But I've taken it in stride knowing that getting rest at the end of a very long day is also important and vowing to do better when my work obligations return back to baseline - hopefully just another week. So first priority goal is health (concentrating on nutrition currently). Second goal is the real estate license. There's TONS of other goals I've outlined and charted too, but I have to prioritize given there's only so many hours in the day.

In other news, I got the first of my covid vaccine shots this week (I'm a medical doctor). Other than a sore arm similar to the flu shot (maybe slightly more tender), no issues with that whatsoever. And my city had a slick drive-through set up, so the whole thing took just over 15 minutes. It's Moderna, so my next one isn't until the second week of February, but I'm psyched about it.

The weather today in southern AZ is unseasonably warm - I think it's in the mid 70's today which is not normal - so for this afternoon, I'm going to enjoy the outdoors for a bit and mentally reset for another crazy work week.

Best wishes for success to you this week!
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    Awesome work! I also find I do much better with fewer/less refined carbs... But sometimes I still can't resist!
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    This is awesome! Very inspiring!

    I've also always been very interested in real estate. I should check out the online courses.

    Great that you got your vaccine!

    Keep up the great work!
    46 days ago
    Reading this blog and your last gives me hope and makes me feel motivated to do what you're doing. Thanks so much! You seem so hopeful and excited, and I've been short on those two feelings this past year. Despite the pandemic, you have really been going forward with your life and it seems like you're dealing well with little obstacles along the way, like an unexpected heavy workload or a gift of chocolates from a neighbor. I think your discipline (doing your goals book) and attitude (striving for new skills) will make this a very good year for you!

    It's great that you got the vaccine! That must be such a relief!
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