I feel like right now I am at a very pivotal point in my weight loss journey. I am at that point where I know I could very easily slip into going back to my old ways and essentially giving up. I haven't been exercising regularly. I was sick for a few days and then I didn't get a job that I so very much wanted and interviewed for. So I've been in a bit of a funk, not feeling very good about myself. On top of that I find myself wanting to slip back into my old eating habits, such as not eating for a good part of the day and then when I get home I want to eat a lot. This was probably triggered because I was very nauseous when I was sick and I really didn't want to eat. And the things I did want to eat were comfort foods. Furthermore, I haven't been using SparkPeople as much as I have been.
This is the point when, in all of my other attempts to lose weight, I have thrown in the towel. Something happens that really gets me down and I give up. I figure it doesn't matter. And I fool myself into thinking that I can go back to my old ways and keep off the weight that I did lose.
But I am making the decision right now that I will not let that happen. I know that I cannot go back to my bad habits. I do not want to waste all of the efforts that I have made and gain back all of the weight that I have lost. I will start tracking my fitness and calories again and check in on the SparkPeople message boards. I will keep making healthy choices. I will not go back to my old ways and I will keep making progress. I will not let the past few bad days stop me from reaching my goals. I read somewhere- "A few bad days cannot ruin a diet plan. Only giving up can do that."
This morning I had an interview for my dream job- a first grade teacher. I live in an area where teachers are getting laid off and it is incredibly difficult to even get an interview as many hundreds of people apply for a single position. I think it went incredibly well, despite the fact that I'm sick and had to take some medicine to get through. The next step in the process is going in to do a demo lesson. Fingers crossed that I get called back to do that!!! I really want this job!
Woke up today feeling off and sure enough I am sick. Headache, stiff neck, sore throat, sore sinuses. What makes this worse is that I have an interview tomorrow morning for my dream job- a 1st grade teacher. So I guess I'm just going to take it easy today and make sure I'm eating plenty of healthy foods. Hopefully I'll be feeling better by tomorrow morning.
Today marks the one month anniversary of my joining SparkPeople and I am so happy with the results! I weighed in and took my measurements today, and I am seeing progress in all areas. Here are my starting weights and measurements and where I am at today:
Starting Weight: 202 Current Weight: 190.5 (total of 11.5 pounds lost!!!)
Starting Waist: 38 inches Current Waist: 36 inches (Wooohoooo!!!!!)
Starting Hips: 45 inches Current Hips: 44 inches
Starting Thigh: 28.5 inches Current Thigh: 27.5 inches
Starting Upper Arm: 13.5 inches Current Upper Arm: 12.75 inches
Starting Bust: 45 inches Current Bust: 44 inches
I know over the last month I have really noticed my waist slimming down and my mom has even mentioned a few times that she can really see the progress there, but I was very happily surprised to see that I lost 2 inches from there!!!
And I seem to have broken out of the weight loss slump that I was in, which is a big confidence booster. But as great as seeing these numbers is, I am also feeling so much better about myself than I did a month ago. I feel proud of myself that I have made this progress and that I am sticking with it. And I feel healthier, more energized, and ready to keep going!
I've been stuck at pretty much the same weight for 8 days now and it's getting rather frustrating. I have been fitting in exercise every day, going over my fitness minutes for the week goals. I have been trying to keep track of my calories, although I do just make my best estimates when it comes to home made meals from scratch because I really don't have the time (or patience honestly) to use that recipe calculator for all of my dinners. But I look up the calories for the basic ingredients and then I usually add on some more just to be safe. And while I occasionally do go over my calorie limit, I feel like it's ok because I am going well over my calories burned for fitness. I think that maybe I've been starting to slip in the choices of food that I am eating, but it's really not happening that much. I may choose a low calorie carb snack instead of fruit more often now.
Maybe I've just hit a plateau that I really need to push through. I am really going to have to make the effort this week to make fruits and veggies my snack choices and the main portions of my dinners to fill me up. I really want to lose 7 more pounds to reach my mini goal of 185 for Christmas. So maybe I need a new additional mini goal- eat at least 3 servings of fruits and veggies each day. Hopefully this will help get my weight loss back on track.