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So I’m publicly announcing it: I’m trying to lose 20 pounds.
It started out innocently enough. I was in medical school, trying to balance the demands of 12-hour clerkship days, a few more hours of studying, and the blog. Added in with things like commuting and hygiene and personal relationships, and I was staying awake 18-21 hours per day.
Which just made for all of the more time for me to grab something to eat. Research, by the way, also shows that sleep deprivation causes an increase in appetite: reductions in leptin, a hormone that keeps you feeling full, plus increases in ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, occur with less sleep (PLoS, 2004).
So 5 pounds here, 5 pounds there. By the time I won my first business competition in April and took some time off to develop the skin care products, I was up 12 pounds.
Old habits die hard. And now that I’m up a full 20 pounds from five years ago, it’s time to do something. Besides, I’m being asked to make videos about my skin care products. And even though I am still confident, I don’t want to until I look and feel my best. I’m tired, sluggish, and know I should be eating less and exercising more.
I’ve heard that public announcements help. So here is mine! 🙂
I’ll keep you updated from week-to-week. Hopefully, by week 8-10, I’ll be confident enough to do a video update 🙂
Got any great weight loss tips? I’d love to hear them!