I've lost 16.2 pounds in the last four weeks.
As you might imagine, I'm as happy with that as I am the inches I've lost.
16.2 pounds! I wanted to wear that number on a sign around my neck yesterday.
What I'm Doing to Lose Weight
I still believe that keeping a food journal is going to be a key to my success in losing weight, learning how to eat well, and controlling my portion sizes.
I had to stop doing it because of the time it was requiring, but I haven't given up on the food journal. I will get back to it.
I'm not exercising every single day. I thought I would, but it hasn't been a possibility.
Back pain, knee pain, muscle pain. I'm a big wimp, and my body isn't used to moving around so much. It needs rest days.
My new plan is to exercise every other day. If I miss a day for some reason, I'll make it up the very next day. This way, I won't end up with the three- or four-day long streaks that have been causing me so much pain.
Drinking Lots of Water
I'm a thirsty person naturally. I'm averaging nine to twelve glasses of water or brewed iced tea per day.
Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
I've been doing really well with fruits and vegetables. I am eating 5 or 6 servings per day.
I had forgotten my love of fresh veggies, but it's coming back quickly. I love broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots especially.
Leah suggested this to me, as it was one of her early changes when she lost 170 pounds.
When the temperature is above 30 degrees, I park as far away from my destination as is reasonable. (I don't do it when the temperature is less than 30 degrees because I don't have a warm coat. I don't have a warm coat because I am too big for my warm coat, and I'm not spending the money to buy one now. Don't feel sorry for me. I have plenty of natural insulation.)
No Candy. No Sweets. No Soda Pop.
I haven't had a soda pop in more than a week. Not even one. That's something I'm very proud of.
I don't crave pop any more. I don't need it. I'm healthier without it.
I can't drink pop in moderation, or I would try. It has to be all or nothing for me.
I tried to eat candy and chocolate in moderation, but they didn't taste good to me. Those were sad moments, but I'm over them, too.
For the record, I'm not depriving myself. If chocolate tasted good to me, I'd have some. It just doesn't. So why eat it?
I am very aware of my body now. It's intentional.
I try to analyze when I need to eat because I'm hungry and when I want to eat because I'm bored or sad or whatever.
I try to picture the appropriate portion size when I eat. I don't get a second helping unless I am really still hungry.
I'm not perfect. I have failed lots and lots and lots of times.
At the same time, I haven't had any days that were genuinely lost. I've stuck to everything as well as I possibly could. I forgave myself when I failed. It happens.
It's been a month, and I'm still managing. I'm still working my plan, and I'm still on track for my goal. That is a huge success for me.
I've lost 16.2 pounds and 13.25 inches. Have I mentioned that yet?
Photo by Robert Banh