So, after one week of the challenge I am feeling SO much better about my level of health. Turns out counting calories is the secret to losing weight (no wonder you get 10 points for that one!) for me. I've always tried to convince myself that exercise was enough because I just didn't want to watch what I ate.
I forgot to weigh myself before breakfast this morning, but I have lost at least 3 pounds in the last week by staying below 2000 calories. In 8 weeks of exercise I fluctuated up and down only a pound and a half. The first day of calorie counting felt like sheer torture, but after a week, it is so much easier to eat healthy! For the first time in a long time, I'm not just eating because I have a taste craving or because it's simply an activity to engage in. I feel hungry again, a sensation I'd become mostly unfamiliar with in the last couple of years. I'm making much better food choices and I've become aware of what a bad example I've been setting for my children. I let them eat WAY too much candy; instead of a special treat, it's an everyday expectation. They've been eating more fruits, veggies and dairy now that I have it in the house.
In addition to losing 3 pounds, I got my haircut and that always makes me feel like a new woman.
What changes have you seen, mentally and physically, after this first week? Let's Rock Week 2!
P.S. I bought some Tilapia fillets this weekend. Anyone know a yummy way to cook them so my kids will eat them?