52newthings – end of the week round up

by Joe Archive on March 26, 2011

I’ve reached the end of my first week on the 52 new things challenge – I think I did a pretty good job sticking to the diet – most days I ended up eating a little bit of something that was supposed to be banned, but it was usually because Mir had shoved a cracker into my mouth and held it there until I took a nibble. And I made it to the gym a couple of times, which hopefully balanced things out.

This morning, after a week of dieting, I weighted 109.1 kg, down about one and a half kilograms for the week. Not earth-shattering, but better than I had been doing. I started my cheat day this afternoon (I’ll do 24 hours, ending after lunch tomorrow) – I’m enjoying all the tasty, tasty, foods that I had been avoiding all week. I think the promise of cheat day really does help with avoiding things all week. It’s much easier to not have cookies or cake for almost a week straight, knowing that I will definitely be having something nice on the weekend.

The real test, of course, is whether I can avoid putting back on all the weight in this period of free eating – and whether I can get back to this morning’s weight reasonably fast. I have decided to keep the diet going for at least another week – I want to see how it goes, and whether I can loose a few more kilograms.

So, to make keeping the diet up easier, I’ve decided to go for a new thing this week that is reasonably simple and also kind of complementary – I’m going to get up earlier and also sleep more, by going to bed earlier. My goal is to get up at 6:30 each morning, which means getting to bed by 10:30 (and thus getting a reasonable amount of sleep) – this ought to help with a bunch of things in my life, such as my diet (by getting me to bed before I get a chance to have a late night snack), going to the gym (if I’m up early, I ought to be able to fit the gym in more often before work) and I ought to be able to spend more time with Mir in the mornings (by increasing the hours I’m awake at the same time as him while I’m at home).

These seem like win-win things, so I’m really going to try – I might do 11-7 tonight, to shift my body clock to the new schedule a little bit gradually. And I’ll keep the diet up (slow-carbs begins again 16:15 tomorrow).

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