First Things First

What is the first thing that passes your lips in the morning? Is it coffee, a donut, bagel, or a soda perhaps?

I have to say, I have never understood how someone can have soda first thing in the morning. I am not judging, I just don’t understand. I have a friend who would drink a soda first thing when she woke up. On the flip side, some people probably can’t understand why I would have plain coffee first thing in the morning. But, I digress…

When I am following a healthy eating lifestyle (yes, I know, I should always follow a heathy eating lifestyle) I try to drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning.

It’s a tough habit for me to start but once I get started I find that I tend to drink more water throughout the day.

Benefits of being hydrated: (the following list are things that I have experienced and may not be the same for everyone).

  • Clearer skin
  • Reduced puffiness in my face
  • Less inflammation in my joints
  • Less irritability
  • Better digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer thinking
  • Lower blood pressure

It has also been said that, ‘the first thing that passes your lips in the morning will be what you crave throughout the day’. I have to agree with this statement. After of few days of starting my day off with water, I find that I crave it more and drink more of it throughout the day.

What is the first thing that you eat or drink after waking?

EEEK!! The Before Photos…

Today is day 6! Can you believe it? I have made it 6 days AND I have stuck to my eating plan!

After I finally got through day 1, I decided to take “before” photos so that I will have photos to compare along this weight loss journey.

EEEK! Those photos are very difficult to look at. I truly cannot believe that is how far I have let myself slide backwards in terms of my weight loss. It truly makes me realize that this (eating healthy) needs to become the way I eat ALL the time. Not just something I do to lose weight and then go back to my old habits. I need to get the weight off and then continue to make healthy food choices going forward.

I know that I will be glad to have those first photos. They will help me see the progress that I have made, even on the days that I feel like I haven’t made any.

If you are starting a weight loss journey…take the photos! You will be glad to have them one day.

If you are still struggling to make it through “Day 1”, keep trying. Each day is a new day and a new chance to conquer Day 1. Eventually, you will make it through and move on to Day 2, Day 3, and so on. Just don’t give up. Giving up is the only way to fail at this.

Look back at how many Day 1s I have had. If I can do it, you definitely can do it.

I thought about posting those photos here, but I am just not ready for them to see the light of day yet. Someday.

As of today: -5.8lbs for me. My sweet farmer has maintained his weight for the most part but is looking to get rid of about 10lbs so will be following our healthy eating plan a bit more closely to reach his goal again.