Quick post to say that I'm feeling really good about the baby steps.
I've gotten in two out of my four workouts already. I'll go tonight, and at least twice in the next three days - so that's a possible five. There I go, aiming for overachievement, again. I'll just be let down if I can't get there. So, I'm only going to do four, according to the original plan.
The other thing that I've done this week (sort of by accident), is I gave up my morning oatmeal. Since the baby was born, I've been eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, EVERYDAY. Doesn't sound like a bad thing, does it? Except for the fact that I don't have any protein with it. I also add fresh berries on top, which is good. However, I always drizzle my oatmeal VERY generously with maple syrup. And I'm a generous person.;-) This yummy comfort food in the morning might feel good inside my tummy, but was leading to more sugar cravings. I didn't intentionally give it up - I just haven't had it all week.
Instead, I'm having cottage cheese (which I absolutely loathe, but have come to forge a loose friendship with) and protein shakes. These have helped to somewhat minimize my sugar cravings. I'm still having chocolate and uneccessary cookies in the afternoon, but I'm remembering about the baby steps. I'm better off than I was last week, and that's key.
The hardest thing about this "overall healthy habits" and "baby steps" approach is going to be patience. I'm not a patient person AT ALL. If I do well one week - for example, getting in all my workouts, I feel that I'm entitled to lose weight. And then I become slightly enraged when the scale doesn't drop two pounds for me, and drown my sorrows in chocolate. This approach that I'm taking is going to take a LONG time before I get to my ideal weight - but it will be sustainable, because I'm building healthy habits.
Feels good to be thinking about the long-term, as opposed to dropping "X" pounds by the end of the year.
Haven't quite thought about my goal for next week, but I'll figure it out on the weekend and post it then.