As an FYI, my starting weight was 173.8 pounds and my current weight is 170.6 pounds. And that is the morning after my planned Sunday evening splurge meal, which included a divine hot chocolate tasting party (and coffee cake) with my family and a close friend. I am very close to breaking my first weight-loss goal to be below 170. I am just under 5'9" tall.
Right now, I am not setting an overall weight loss goal. I want to take it about 5 pounds at a time, and see how it's going. This is more about feeling good than it is about arriving at an exact number on the scale, though let there be no mistake, I welcome the weight-loss.
Here's what's working for me so far:
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables plentifully. This is the one big change I made at the beginning of the year. I did not banish or limit any foods. I just focused on eating more of what is good for me. And the results have been amazing. Such a plan has kept me from feeling terribly deprived, and helped me to feel more nourished, and more energetic overall, with fewer cravings.
- Being Accountable. Writing a blog/journal has made me a more conscious eater...more thoughtful about what I eat and the connection between what I eat and how I feel. I am making healthier food choices overall because I am thinking things through more carefully, and also because I know I'm going to be reporting back to you.
- Realizing that a setback doesn't have to mean failure. In the past, when I fell off the horse, I stayed down and dug myself into deeper failure by eating more and more. I now know that, instead of giving up and beating myself up, I just need to make food choices going forward that help me to energize and thrive. A bad afternoon or even a bad day can be just a blip in the overall scheme of things.
- Knowing that I can lose weight without adhering to a stringent diet. I have not super-deprived myself on this new eating plan. I have had little Finnish chocolates several times this past week. I had a terrible food day last Wednesday, but then recovered and have lost more than 3 pounds in a matter of days.What a revelation this is. It gives me confidence going forward.
This means that about 85% of the time I will focus on eating to nourish, energize and thrive and 15% of the time, I will allow myself to indulge. This feels right for me this week but is subject to change in the weeks to come. I believe that having built-in splurges will keep me from having the kind of out-of-control Wednesday I had last week. I will keep you posted. I'm feeling great.
A Few Questions: What's working for you right now? What could work in the future? What do you think of built-in splurges? Could they be part of the answer for you?
|Here's my before photo. Yes, I'm 11 days and 3 pounds late taking it but better late than never.|
|When I look at this photo, I see a woman who carries extra weight but feels way more energetic and healthy than she did just days ago. I feel like I'm on my way.|