Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Is it just me or does 2013 sound really futuristic to anyone else? Can't quite believe it, but then I think this every year I guess!
Anyway, I decided not to make a HUGE long list of New Year's resolutions like I have done other years. I have only one real goal and I think we all know what that is (hint, we're on a diet site) There are of course lots of other things I want to continue working on and improving, but basically life is good to me and there is not much else I want to change, apart from recognising more often just how good life is!
However, I thought that I might do a monthly setting goals type of post, to give me something to work towards! Some of these things are events that I have coming up to enjoy and a simple reminder to myself of exciting things that I have coming my way. Some are going to be weight / diet / fitness goal orientated. Here goes-
Upcoming events this month:
1. My daughter turning 16 (13th)
2. Visiting Paris for the weekend on my daughter's birthday (11th-13th)
3. Going to watch Les Miserables at the cinema (18th)
Other things to do this month:
1. Read! I'm currently reading In Cold Blood, then Les Miserables, which I'll hopefully finish before the 18th, then 2 more books to choose from by the end of the month.
2. Pamper. I got lots of lovely Christmas presents and I plan to make use of all my bath bombs, lotions and potions.
3. Cross stitch. This makes me sound old, but I am currently working on an amazing Batman cross stitch, although I haven't picked it up for over a month.
Health orientated goals:
1. Track my calories EVERY day no matter how good or bad.
2. Stick within my spark calorie ranges for 25 out of 31 days.
3. Exercise. I plan to complete the January jumpstart challenge, so best I get started!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
1. Lose weight (that is all)
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I feel like this is a recurring blog post for me. I disappear for 6 months or so, then come back and make an "I'm back!" blog post admitting how things have slipped further and setting out my goals for the weeks to come.
I started on spark in January 2009 weighing 224lbs, then lost lots of weight that year, gained a bit back the next and the next. I re-started on spark last January 2012 weighing 224lbs again and although the past year has brought losses it has ended in gains and once more I find myself starting yet another January at 224lbs!
I have lots I could say about what I have learnt, or analyse how things went wrong, or how I plan to 'get back on track' but it wouldn't be anything I haven't said before.
Mostly I feel ashamed of myself for putting all that weight back on. I don't often come on spark because I see my old 'successful' spark page staring at me and taunting me with images of my slimmer happier self.
I don't like wallowing in self-pity but that is how I feel. I truly believe that gaining or losing weight is an extremely complex process, more so than I could ever have imagined. It's not that losing weight is hard, it's not, it's really really simple, but long term losing HUGE amounts of weight and keeping it off is complicated. There is balancing what to eat, how much to eat, whether to listen to your body and hunger cues, or stick to a prescribed plan. Do you cut carbs, fats, sugars, or none of the above. Should you snack through the day, eat small regular meals, or 3 main meals with no extras. I have read a LOT about weight loss, diets, foods, nutrition, health and all that goes with it. I have tried calorie counting, reducing carbs, eating a paleo style diet, exercising and a whole host of other not so healthy methods. Yet here I am 4 years later, having lost over 100lbs and feeling great about myself, only to be right back at square 1 and seeing 224 on the scales again. The ironic thing is that it's not even a 1lb difference each January, not 223, or 225, but 224, like the scales are laughing and saying ha, look at all that hard work you've done, for what, nothing, cos you're EXACTLY where you started all that time ago.
I know right now that I am not happy with my body. I am not happy with how unfit I feel when walking around. I am not happy that I don't look so good in my clothes and that I don't fit into most of them. I am not happy with seeing 224 on the scales. I can change this, I know I can, but I want the changes to be long term, not a quick fix and I wonder if I ever really will be capable of doing this.
(Poor me, poor me, poor me, self-pity does not sound good, so I guess it is time to make those changes again)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Last Friday I weighed 15st 1.4lbs or 211.4lbs, my goal is to weigh under 210, so basically a 1 and a half lb loss by this Friday. My weekend was indulgent, so I'm just playing around with deficits and numbers to see exactly what I'd need to do to hit my goal by the end of the week.....
So far -
which is a total of 446 calories ABOVE my BMR, or about a gain of 1/7th of 1lb so far.
Hhmm maybe it's not realistic to hit my goal this week after all. Based on my BMR of 2047 I would need to lose those 446 calories, PLUS another 5250 calories (for 1 and 1/2lbs), so that's shaving off 5696 in 3 days! If I ate 1200 daily calories that would save 847 per day, or 2541 calories. Leaving another 2709 to be earned through exercise - 903 calories worth each day. NOT sure I'm up for that or that it's really do-able unless I attack things like I'm on the biggest loser.
So my options are kill myself working out and burning 900 calories, while eating only 1200 calories each day for 3 days, OR plan to lose only 1/2lb this week and hopefully reach my goal the following week.
To lose 1/2lb I only need to shave off 2196 calories by Friday....and I've just worked out that sticking to 1200 calories with no exercise should leave me with a deficit of 2541, which would equal 1/2lb lost!!
Phew, this blog was basically so I could write down the numbers for myself and work out what I plan to do, but if you read it and made it through all the numbers then give yourself a huge pat on the back and have a rest with a cup of tea :-)
My goal doesn't seem as unreachable now, it might just take me another week!
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