As I mentioned in this post (which got some fascinating responses), I have been eating much more intentionally lately. I am not counting macros or tracking in any kind of quantitative detailed fashion, but am just sticking to a basic framework of three meals, generally healthy options, and basic portion control. Most days I get minimal sugar though there have definitely been planned exceptions (May birthday ice cream cake at my office last week = yes). I do eat one of these almost every night. I have continued my exercise routine was per usual with maybe a bit more attention to getting walks in on non-run days and trying to progress in my weights a bit in my strength workouts.
I decided to take pictures when I started, and as yesterday was 1 month in, I took some progress pix of sorts.
I am not going to show them here.
But I have to say I am really impressed with the difference a single month has made. I feel about 100 times better in my clothing. I have one pair of jeans in 2 sizes, and now the smaller is the one that fits (and looks better, too). I am not distracted by feeling self-conscious.
AND MAJOR BONUS: I have NOT HAD ANY MIGRAINES IN THE PAST MONTH other than a mini-one (lasted ~24 hours but not severe) that was 100% obviously triggered by alcohol (2 drinks out at KYU – which was a really fun night, and I don’t really have regrets). I had at least one person mention migraines being triggered by higher carb/sugar intake and I wonder if that is true for me. No migraines = much happier life. Previously I was getting ~2/month and each one was lasting 2-3 days.
(Side note related to alcohol: I probably drink ~2x/month these days though that has been true since 2020 or so. I am better off sticking to one drink when I do drink, and I should know that by now . . . next time. Also wondering if red wine is better than white/rose from a headache perspective.)
I ordered a couple of outfits for the summer and feel more hopeful that they will be flattering. And my cute-possibly-age-inappropriate shorts fit nicely again.
Anyway, I feel pretty good and just wanted to share.