Living 40 plus and fabulous

Living 40 plus and fabulous

Monday, January 9, 2012

I rocked my first week!!

My first week of starting my simple steps is over but that doesn’t mean that I stop doing them. I actually will add on to what I am already doing with a few new steps. First let me tell you how I did last week.

Week 1 – January 1- January 6, 2012 - recap

  1. Drink 8 cups of water every day.
    1. This was easy to do. I drink water all the time so getting my 8 cups in was a no brainer. Over the holidays I started drinking diet soda again. I was drinking a 320z every day. This past week I cut that out completely. I always feel better drinking water and I was saving my .98 cents a day not buying soda so it is win/win.
  1. Take a 20 minute walk three times a week. *While the weather is so cold I am going to substitute the walking for 20 minutes on my stationary bike.
    1. I actually rode my bike 5 times this past week. I have been riding it in the morning before work and it does wonders for my attitude during the day. I feel energized and refreshed every day that I did this.
  2. Clean out a drawer, cabinet or closet each week.
    1. I actually went on a little organizing spree on Saturday. I cleaned out my freezer and my spice cabinets. Here are the pictures –
I forgot to take a "before" shot of my freezer. This is some of the stuff I took out.

Here is some more

This is what  I threw away. It was freezer burned or I knew I would not eat it. 

"After" I found a shelf in my spare room that works perfectly. I can now see what  I have. 

a few months ago I consolidated my spices and threw some away but it was still hard to see what I had or to get to some of the stuff in there. 

I move the baking stuff to another cabinet and added another spice rack. Now I can be the cooking Goddess that  I have always dreamed of being. 

  1. Start saving $1.00 a day
    1. I saved at least .98 cents a day by not drinking any soda or going next door to the convenience store to buy snacks during my work day.  I also deposited $50.00 from my last paycheck into my saving. I am going to do this once a month instead of a daily thing. This will be in addition to the money that I already have transferred from each paycheck.
  2. Stock my pantry with healthy foods
    1. Did this last weekend. I am getting in the habit of writing down what I have used on my grocery list so that I can replenish it next time I go shopping.
  3. Write down what I eat, when and how I feel
    1. This is the hardest for me. I did weight watchers for a long time and journaling what I ate was a nightmare. I usually gave up after a couple days. I did complete this though! I wrote down all my food and drinks and if I was feeling something out of the ordinary or noticed something about my eating habit at that moment I wrote it down. I see some patterns that I need to work on such as the choices I make when I have some drinks or how I tend to graze when I am at my parents house whether I am hungry or not.
  4. take 5 minutes each day to just relax and focus on my breathing
    1. This is a no brainer as well for me. Since I am single with no kids finding time for me is not a problem.

I am very happy with last week and especially for the fact that I did everything I was supposed to do and it didn’t seem like a chore at all. It was something that I just incorporated into my day and did. I actually lost 1.7 lbs this week! I am very happy with that. I know that losing slow and steady and making these changes with benefit me so much more in the long run than if I were losing fast and not in a healthy way. 

Here's to week 2!!

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