Five days down

By Nate LaClaire —  October 20, 2009 — 5 Comments

So, how am I doing five days after my commitment to a healthy me? Well… At stage one of the Full Plate Diet, I’m supposed to:

  1. Eat more fiber
  2. Drink more water – at least 6 glasses a day
  3. Stop eating when I no longer feel hungry

Yes, I’ve eaten more fiber over the past five days than I have been for the past several months, so that’s progress. I haven’t surpassed where I was six months ago, but I am doing better than recent, and, since we’re talking about fiber here, I know that increasing intake slowly is better than doing it quickly (don’t OD on fiber on day one because you won’t make it to day two). Yes, I’ve increased my water intake, but not quite to 6+ glasses a day. With one exception, I did stop eating when I stopped feeling hungry. So, not too bad! However, I only fulfilled my exercise commitment (20 minutes of solid cardio) two of the five days. Not so good. Yesterday I did a lot of walking, but didn’t get a solid 20 minutes of heart-pumping goodness.

The good news is that it can only get better from here! 🙂

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Nate LaClaire is a Christian millennial web developer and entrepreneur who writes about faith, life, and intentional living. He is lead developer at Home Building Estimates and owner of Netwalker Internet Services.
  • Joanna Hoyt

    Good going! I hope it gets easier from here on.

    I’ve had to stop and think more in the last couple of years about whether I’m actually hungry–often I am, but sometimes I’m just in the habit of eating a certain amount, and other times I’m tired or lonely or empty in some other way. Realizing what’s going on helps.

    • Thanks! I hear ya… Anyone who says that eating isn’t habit-forming has never eaten. 🙂 Being sensitive to how your mood impacts your eating habits is a big help. I saw a few minutes of an episode of Dr. Phil a few years ago in which he told a woman who was having trouble losing weight that since she was used to snacking while watching TV in the evening she should schedule her treadmill time for then. Not bad advice, even if it was from Dr. Phil. 🙂

  • Ray Cullins

    I’m no health expert, but I took up jogging again a few weeks ago, and noticed that my appetite decreased, particularly in the ‘boredom eating’ category. There’s probably something to that, so perhaps things will continue to improve as your excercise efforts ramp up.

    • That’s good to hear! Thanks for the tip, Ray!