There is something about February that I just don't enjoy (probably because it's usually the coldest month here in Michigan), and I'm always relieved when it's over. The highlight of my March was definitely the spontaneous trip to San Diego to visit John. It lifted my mood a lot, and helped me to start picking myself up from this depression. I was inspired to make plans with people and meet new friends. I decided that I'm going to start planning a trip to someplace warm every year around my birthday in January so that I have a get-away to look forward to. (Sunshine and margaritas with a good friend are just what I needed!)
I will get to my Wednesday Weigh-in in a moment, but for now, I just wanted to post my 1 Second Everyday video for February. It's not anything very exciting, but most of my life isn't exciting--it's just normal.
I realize I tend to rely on my pets for entertainment in my videos, and I use them probably too frequently! This month, I'm going to try to use the pets sparingly. They're just easy targets, I guess, because they're cute and funny ;)
I love love love using the 1 Second Everyday app. It's so fun to watch the entire month each day after I add a new clip.
Onward... today is Wednesday, so that means Wednesday Weigh-in. I had a very big drop on the scale this week!
I was at 158.0 last week (and for several weeks in a row), so I am down 6.4 pounds. Of course, this is mainly due to water weight, as I made some changes this week: increased my carbs significantly, quit drinking alcohol, started a new antidepressant, stopped running, and increased my walking.
I decided to quit drinking alcohol for a while as my body gets used to the new antidepressant. I also haven't run since Friday, and running always makes me retain a certain amount of water weight in my muscles--so, when I don't run for several days in a row, I drop quite a bit of water weight. If I start running again, it'll come back on. It's just a pattern I've noticed over the years, and it doesn't bother me any.
It could just be a placebo effect, but I feel like maybe my new antidepressant is helping even out my moods a bit, which also means less emotional eating. I've only been taking it for a week though, so I could just be imagining that. Anyways, I'm thrilled to finally see some progress! I was starting to feel discouraged, because I felt like I was doing everything "right" but I wasn't seeing any progress on the scale. I'm glad I kept at it, though, because today's weigh-in was nice :)
If you may remember, I chose to challenge myself to eat a salad every day in February. I have to say, I am quite glad it's over now. I was getting so tired of salad! All things in moderation... including salad ;) Here is a collage of some of them through the month...
There were only a few days that I skipped, and it wasn't necessarily on purpose (I missed a day in California, and over the last week I missed a couple).
My very favorite salad of the month was with black beans, corn, cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips with buttermilk ranch dressing. I felt like I could just eat that one every day and be happy. I tried a very unusual salad with leftover spaghetti on top--I was not a fan of that one! haha. I also tried making a "Big Mac" type salad, with a veggie burger patty, thousand island dressing, pickles, and cheese. I really liked that one! If I had to choose just ONE topping to be my favorite, it would (surprisingly) be corn! Corn is one of my favorite foods anyway, but I never expected it to be so good on a salad.
Anyway, the experiment was fun, but I'm totally ready to move on. For March, I had already decided (at the beginning of the year) that I was going to challenge myself to get 10,000 steps per day. This will be VERY challenging if I'm not running, but I think the timing of this challenge is great, considering my last blog post. This will make sure that if I don't run much, I will at least be active enough to get in 10,000 steps. I did this challenge a few years ago, and it was very difficult, but I remember it fondly. I would play silly games around the house with the kids in order to get in all my steps.
This time, I'm going to alter the goal to be 10,000+ steps on 5+ days per week. Ideally, I would aim for every single day, but there are some days where it's just not going to happen. (In retrospect, I probably should have done the same thing with the salad challenge--five days a week instead of all seven.) Maybe I'll give myself a reward if I can get in 10,000 steps every day--like a new set of sheets! I've been wanting a set of Brooklinen sheets for a long time, so that would be a great incentive.
I have a few things fun things on the calendar this month: I have the RRCA Level II certification; Ariana Grande concert; local From Fat to Finish Line meet-up; and a game night with friends (I'm hosting at my house). The MOST exciting thing of all will be the arrival of my nephew!! (He is due to arrive on the 20th). I cannot wait to be an aunt! March is looking good :)