The Monday after Thanksgiving, I was feeling blah. It’s nearly the end of the year which means the traditional New Year’s resolution of losing weight was approaching. The date, January 2, 2017 has been marked, if not physically, at least mentally on my calendar. How perfect that it is also a Monday. New year, new week, new start, new me. Yada, yada, yada.
I know that I’m not the only one who has been there before, probably several times. So I stepped on the scale that day. I wasn’t surprised to see a high number. I had also stepped on the scale at the beginning of October when my new Fitbit arrived. That lasted about a week so the 0.2 decrease wasn’t through any real effort on my part.
That was 2 weeks ago. I made the decision to not really try to lose weight before 2017, but I coiuld do little things like actually wear the Fitbit I bought, weigh myself, and keep track of what I was eating. I could at least make sure I didn’t gain during the 5 weeks. And if I lost any weight, that would be an added bonus. With just those small changes, I’ve lost 8lbs. More importantly I’m actually feeling better. I was tired all the time. Walking and even moving at times was painful. My back hurt nearly daily.
I’m also becoming more aware of the nutional info of the things I was eating or drinking daily. Since I didn’t weigh or measure anything, over time my coffee was getting sweeter and sweeter. I’m not quite ready to go completely sugar free in my coffe or tea, but I chose to cut back on the amount of sugar I was using. I limit myself to 1T of creamer in my coffee. And In only use 8g of sugar in my coffee and tea. I’ve adjusted over the past 2 weeks to my drinks being less sweet. My go to drink was also 4C powdered green tea mix. I was shocked when I saw how many calories were in one 8 oz serving. I hate drinking my calories so instead of a prepaid powdered iced tea mix, I switched to brewing my own flavored green tea and then adding my own sugar in. That way I can control the sugar and calories.
For now I’m just going to concentrate on the small baby steps. I set a soft goal of 200lbs which would be a 26lb weigh loss. It isn’t my ultimate goal, but it is something that is reasonable and within reach for the short term. As of today, I was 218 so 18lbs to go.
It’s been 2 weeks, and I’m still going strong. I’m down 6lbs so far. I’ve logged my food daily except for this past Saturday. We went to my nephew’s 1st birthday party so I didn’t log anything I ate there. I didn’t even worry about it. My weigh ins are on Saturdays so I figured I had the rest of the week. I also didn’t use the party as an excuse to go crazy either or to come home and eat everything in sight. I snacked. I had a piece of birthday cake. And I even drank a small glass of wine. And most importantly I had fun and was just living life as normal. And then I got up yesterday morning and went right back to tracking.
My eating has been fairly decent. The first week I struggled with not being hungry at all. That was certainly a strange adjustment to me. I think I was eating so much better than before, that I was just full. This past week, my body must have adjusted because I started to get a little hungrier. I walked on the treadmill one day and I was ravenous that day. I’ve been averaging about 1480 calories the past 2 weeks.
The best part is that I’ve gotten back in the kitchen and have been cooking a lot more. I’ve even tried a few new recipes. One night I was busy helping my daughter with a school project, and my husband suggested we order so I wouldn’t have to cook. I had thought ahead and already planned a quick and easy meal for that night so I declined ordering. Last week and this week I started making a flexible meal plan for the week which has really helped out. I’m not finding myself at 5 wondering what we are going to have for dinner and realizing I never took anything out of the freezer. Just a few of the things I’ve made over the past 2 weeks.
For the past 2 weeks, my main focus as been my calories and food. This week I’m going to try to incorporate some exercise slowly. I’m starting off with walking on the treadmill 3 times a week. I walked one day last week, but I was too busy to fit it in again. So I’m going to make a better effort at it this week. I’m doing 45 minutes each time which works out perfectly because I can watch something on Netflix in that time on my tablet. I’m also going to take the kids out for a couple short walks after school when the weather is nice.
I feel good. And I feel motivated. I’m still taking it one day at a time.
If only it were really that easy, but it isn’t. I’ve been down this road several times. I’ve even lost weight and gained it back. It can be an endless viscous cycle. It requires dedication and determination. And most definitely there are no quick magic cures. It requires work and effort. But it is time for me to start. Starting today brings me one step closer to my goal.
My method is calorie counting. I’ll be tracking my calories at My Fitness Pal. I’m familiar with the site. It has worked for me in the past. I need to dip my toes into the water before I just dive right in again. So for now and the next few weeks, I’m going to just focus on counting my calories and adapting my food choices to healthier optons. I’ll add in walking on the treadmill in a couple of weeks.
I already had a small victory when I started today. In the past when I’ve restarted I had always regained back nearly everything I’d lost. And my starting number always started with a 2 in the front. So my first goal would usually be to get back to “One-derland”. This time that won’t be the case. I’m happy to say that my starting weight this time starts with that lovely 1 in front.
Today’s starting weight is…198.0. And today is day 1.