First, a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, sent me messages on my previous post. I was so uncomfortable writing that post, and I was FLOORED by all the love that everyone has sent me. Thank you for saying you wanted to keep seeing these posts. Now I realize why Weight Watchers works - because you've got a support group. Hopefully, posting my progress on this blog will help keep me motivated!
No, this is not really Week 1. I've been trying to change my lifestyle to be healthier and more active for about a full 2 weeks now, making this Week 3. However, the first 10 days or so (before my previous post) were while I was on vacation. I knew this would be harder to do after I started work again, so I wanted to go slow - hence, Week 1.
When I decided to really start losing weight, I searched around for a good weight loss blog. The one I'm following now is called Escape from Obesity by Lyn. Lyn is an inspiration to me because she has lost over 100 lbs, and yes, she has fallen off the wagon before! She has tracked her monthly weight loss, and there have been months when she gained. But wow, her before/after pictures are amazing!
Lyn introduces something on her blog called "the Habit-A-Week Challenge". The intro to her Habit-A-Week is pretty amazing! I wanted to follow this Habit-A-Week Challenge because I know that I get bored easily, and if I could master a habit a week, that would be a big enough change for me.
The Week 1 Challenge is to Drink Your Water. This habit consists of 5 parts, (1) Find your water source, (2) Find a cup, (3) Make water your friend, (4) Make it a HABIT, and (5) Drink other things. The link takes you to Lyn's post on the content of this habit, so please take a look there for the specifics.
1. Find your water source.
This was relatively easy for me. I am used to drinking regular drinking water. Because the tap water here is not drinkable, every house comes with a water cooler. My workplace has one too, in almost every single room.
2. Get a cup.
Most people here have something that looks like a cross between a tupperware and a tumbler.
3. Make water your friend.
This part talks about "preparing" water so that you will want to drink it. For example, if you like it cold, keep a pitcher in the fridge. Another example is that if you don't like how plain water tastes, add some lemon to the pitcher.
I honestly have no trouble drinking just plain water. I used to drink unsweetened tea (oolong or green tea) when I was in Japan, but I switched to water after moving. However, there's a snag coming up...
4. Make it a HABIT
The basis of this is the Hydration Calculator, which told me I needed 3 liters of water a day (over 100 fluid oz)! How would I manage to get that in? Here are some tips which Lyn gives (from her blog):
- Drink 16 oz when you wake up, before you do anything else. That's nearly 500 ml!
- Drink 16 oz with all 3 meals each day. Drink half of it before the meal to make you feel full.
- Drink 16 oz when you want a snack, before you have your snack. As Lyn says, "If you MAKE yourself drink a glass of water before you eat a snack, every time you have one, you will get full and eat less snacks. EVEN IF YOU BINGE this week... drink just an 8 or 16 oz glass of water before you start eating. Seriously. This is a good habit to have." She also mentions that the brain sometimes thinks you are hungry when you are really thirsty.
Honestly, this part was hard. It was A LOT harder than I thought. I wake up every morning thirsty from the dry climate I live in, but still, drinking 500 ml first thing in the morning made me want to gag at first. However, it works. I feel so much better in the morning after having my water!
Also, I realized I don't drink water at work because I have no time to pee. I am always running from one meeting to another, and I sometimes forget to pee. Sometimes I even think, "I'm thirsty, but I need to be in a meeting, so I don't want to go pee." (I know, that's really bad for the health...) Forcing myself to drink water means forcing myself to go to the restroom. Considering I can step out of the majority of my meetings for a few moments, I made a conscious decision to drink more water.
This brought me back to Item 3 - Make Water Your Friend. When I tried to drink this much water, I realized that I prefer warm water. Not hot, not cold, warm. Yes, I know it sounds disgusting. However, if I need to drink this much water, it is much easier on my stomach when it's the appropriate temperature. This was the core concept of "making water my friend" - I figured out what works best for me.
5. Drinking other things.
This part talks about drinking green tea for health benefits. I'm Japanese, I love my green tea. I also enjoy unsweetened herbal teas. My favorite is from Mighty Leaf, which is hard to find here in Asia!
So that's it for the Week 1 Challenge! Hope I'll do as well on Week 2!
Weight on Jan 30: 67.2kg /148lbs
This week's weigh in: 67.9kg /150lbs (+0.7kg)
Yes, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't lose weight this week. Last week, I lost weight, and I seemed to have regained it. However, I am eating much better, and I'm exercising daily, so I'm still happy with myself! In fact, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I have done at least 30 minutes on my Wii almost every day since I got it!
PS: I am traveling next week. I am not going to try a new habit while I am gone, and just continue this one. Hence, next week's post is still going to be "Week 1 - again!"