How is everyone doing on Week 2 of the 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge? If you are like me, I suspect you’re still experiencing some sugar cravings. Cravings can last anywhere from one week (manageable) to 3 weeks (no fun) so it is very important that you continue to be vigilant, read labels and stay off the sugar. If you start to eat sugar again, you will fall back into the bad habits you have worked so hard to break. Don’t undo your wonderful efforts!
If any of you are having difficulty meeting the Healthy Eating, Exercise and Emotional Challenges this week, I welcome you to utilize my YouTube playlist. I continually post great resources on my playlist like a quick 10 minute exercise routine, exercises for seniors, videos on deep breathing exercises and meditation as well as guides to healthier eating.
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If you were hoping to see significant, fast weight loss in doing this challenge and haven’t, do not be discouraged. We have seen a number of patients in our office who are doing the challenge and have lost 1-2 pounds, which is exactly what I would expect. The goal here is to make positive lifestyle changes over a period of time. The weight loss will come if you continue to meet the challenges during the course of the 8 weeks (and beyond). The Annals of Internal Medicine recently reported on a study in which making positive lifestyle changes resulted in decreased incidence of disease over time (in this case diabetes), irrespective of weight loss. Think of the 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge as your guide to establishing a foundation of good habits so that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle over a long period of time.
Let us know how you are doing! Share your comments on our blog so others can learn from your successes. Many of you have paired up with a friend in doing this challenge. Please invite them to join the conversation on our blog and Facebook page as well:
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I wish you all the best as we continue this 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge together!