As of 8a this morning January is 33% concluded. Hard to believe actually. Things are going well.
My body has adapted to the 16:8 fasting. I don’t really feel hungry most of the time. I get full very easily at lunch. Though I am usually pretty hungry after I begin to eat dinner.
Calorie counting sucks. This is just fact. It’s a bother to figure it all out. I am doing my best, though it is not always easy. Sometimes I have to eyeball stuff because I can’t walk around with a scale. If I don’t lose the amount of weight I think I should by Feb 1, then I will have to revisit this and do better planning. I think I am doing a good job, and I try to leave some calories on the table at the end of the day to compensate for any inaccuracies.
Exercising is also going well. I am 2 miles behind pace. At 33% I should be at 20 miles (obvs), and I am at 18. Planning 3 to 6 today and tomorrow so I’ll be right back on track.
Dry January is a drag. There is no doubt about that. Loving the reset and change of pace, but last night (Friday) after a long week I won’t lie, I wanted to have a few beers and watch nonsense on YouTube. Alas, the calories alone would destroy what I am trying to accomplish so it is not to be.
Not weighing in has been surprisingly harder than expected. My google drive is littered with countless spreadsheets documenting my weight loss and gain over the last 5 years. When I am working on my weight I obsess over the numbers. I track every fractional pound and my mood is twisted this way and that based on the graphs I generate. It’s not an unhealthy obsession, but it ain’t good folks. A couple of times I have felt a bit lighter and thought about hopping on the scale to take a peek. I have resisted and I think that is for the best.
Ignoring the scale has made these behaviors feel like habits rather than frustrating experiments. I think realistically I am going to have to come up with challenges for a few months to get where I want to go (more on this after the Feb weigh-in).
There has only been one real downside and that is the insomnia. I have a long history of not being able to sleep very well. Cutting out beer has not helped. My end of day relaxant is gone and with it my ability to quiet my brain. For now I am treating it like an exercise. Can I get better at going to sleep? I haven’t found a strategy yet, but I have plenty of time to try.