Sunday, March 20, 2011
I know I've more than occasionally talked about my uphill battle with food, exercise and feeling good about myself. Well, prepare yourself because i just need to chat a bit about my progress, lack of progress and everything in between.
In January I had enough of my negative outlook about myself and knew that I was getting older and needed to step things up to be healthier. I started working out 5-6 days a week and watching what I ate. In February I was down 8 lbs and lost several inches and could fit into a size 12!! I felt so good, so in control and just happy I was making changes. I have only "dieted" a couple times in my life so this was a big deal.
However I am the kind of person that really struggles with doing the same thing all the time. I like change and can't stick to anything. Ask my husband how hard it is for me to remember to take a pill everyday. I just stink at things like that. When you are trying to watch what you eat, you have to stick to eating better, everyday. You have to commit to it.
So i went on a vacation and even managed to lose 2 lbs! Woo-hoo I think to myself, things are going great. Well, I got home. I had so much work I didnt' have time to prepare food and ate out a lot, and was stressed. I gained a couple lbs back. The good news is I continue to work out 5-6 days a week-that part I have down! I will hold on to that silver lining. But my eating was not so good. Lots of dessert and fattening foods. I was starting to get discouraged and thinking I was going to give up. But I just can't. I know I can lose that last 15 lbs if it takes me a year (i really hope it doesn't take that long). It's not all about how I look, it's knowing I followed something through and completed it!
This week, I came across a website called myfitnessplan.com. I know spark fit and a million others have been around for awhile. It tracks your calorie intake and exercise calories burned. Yes, it takes time to enter in your food and exercise, but for me, I think I've found a tool that is just what I need. I have tracked everything now for a week and I am consistently over 200-300 calories everyday even with exercising. So I can start eating less calories....and for some reason, entering in an oreo shake on there really makes me feel like I am wasting calories and I think twice about eating that shake.
I am hoping this next week, I can have some calories left over during the day because that is when you start losing weight. That is my mini-goal.
So there you go. A little progress as slow as a catapillar but I will take it. It's better than nothing.
We are leaving for Nevada the following week for spring break vacation. I hope to eat less and still exercise. Or at lease exercise while there. Because I just can't give up. I CAN do it. Even if it takes a long time.