Monday, August 11, 2014
I made a not so successful try at getting back in shape in January of this year. Once my classes began again I stopped eating well and exercising. I gained back the four pounds I lost that month and even gained two more. Five weeks ago, I convinced my husband to lose weight with me. He needs to take off weight more than I do. I've lost eight pounds, and he's lost 27. I didn't blog about it because I hate saying I'll do something and then not follow through. It really helps that we're losing weight together. We don't have the snacks in the pantry, and I can buy food that enables me to cook healthy meals. I can honestly say we've had five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day since we began in early July, and we've had very little processed food and desserts. The good news is that I now weigh two pounds less than when I stopped in January. Lately, I've been losing about a pound a week--not dramatic but definitely in the right direction and at a healthy rate.
I'm blogging because I'm a week away from starting my teaching again--when my schedule gets demanding, I can lose sight of my goals and begin "stress" eating. The other thing that needs to change is exercise. The only thing I've done differently since I began losing weight last month is that I've had a few light walks, and I've stopped using the elevator at work (I take the stairs). The sad thing is that I've had the time to exercise--just not the motivation. I received an email last Friday that my University is offering a once-a-week meeting (15 meetings total) to encourage exercise and healthy eating during the fall semester. I signed up for this program that begins in September. I can use the support to keep going. I'm also signing up for a SparkPeople challenge to get myself exercising again.