It has been one week since I embarked on the Healthier Me Challenge and so far I’m doing well, although I realise it is still early days yet.
I am eating way better than I used to and have cut out nearly all the Coke I was drinking, except for a couple of glasses on Friday night and a 500mL bottle on the Saturday. Compared to the almost 1L I used to drink per day, this is a significant reduction.
I have kept up my promise to go for a 30 minute walk every day, in fact I’m walking 35 minutes every day (I do a set route of 3.8km) and since I started the Healthier Me challenge my Runtastic app is telling me I have walked 41.52km and apparently burnt 2,010 calories. This hefty number includes not only my 35 minute daily walks but also my walks to the gym (a round trip of roughly 5km) and a 10km walk on Saturday.
Speaking of the gym, I managed to get there twice this week. I was shooting for three times, but only managed twice. Since two times a week is what I promised myself I would do, I’m happy with that.
Doing all this good stuff has resulted in a weight loss of 1.2kg. I’m happy with that number as it seems to be what most recommend as a healthy weekly weight loss, plus I’m trying to create a diet that I can stick for the rest of my life rather than drop weight fast (and then put it all back on when I start eating ‘normally’).
The more telling snapshot is going to be in a month’s time when I’ve had time to settle into this new way of living. It’s also going to get shaken up by me going to a conference in Budapest this long weekend and the week after that spent travelling for work when access to healthy food and time to exercise is going to be compromised. How I’m tracking come mid-June is going to be interesting.