Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I'm attempting a serious come-back to SP and a serious attempt at being healthy.
Here's where I am at:
190 pounds (gained 3 pounds in the past month).
Not eating well at all, or even attempting to really.
Not exercising at all for months until just a week ago when I started up some walking again.
I look fatter than ever, feel fatter than ever, have no energy, my body hurts all the time in various ways, etc...
Here's my plan:
No junk food as my Lenten resolution.
Track everything I eat and try to keep it under 1800 calories a day.
Exercise several times a week, walking my son from school as a start and then more from there.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Despite cutting back on team activities to concentrate on the basics, I feel I'm ready to participate in a challenge this month. I did pretty well in September, but could have done better. Maybe focusing on one challenge that lasts one month will help.
For this challenge I have to set a goal for the month, find a weekly reward, pick a quote that moves me, blog about it all, and print this out so I can read it each day.
Goal for October: At least 3 days each week, (going to try for Tue, Wed, Thu) count my calories and keep them at 1400 or less. I will attempt to do this by not snacking at all on those days, by eating a small but healthy breakfast (oatmeal most likely), not eating out those days each week, and having only soup or a salad for at least 1 meal each of those days.
Reward: Each week that I accomplish this, I will give myself a goody, and if I accomplish it every week this month, then I will buy myself a new outfit (pants/top).
Quote: “Promise me you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think. "
-A. A. Milne
The quote is more sentimental than motivational, but I do really like it, and it makes me think of my son - which will motivate me to do my best.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
For my BL team I need to blog about my past 10 weeks, so here I go.
I did not reach my goal, not my a long shot. In fact I gained weight. That about sums up the past 10 weeks.
I have been reflecting and planning and coming up with a new strategy. I've decided I'm trying to do too much. I have decided to cut back on my team activities and cut my priorities down to 2 main things.
1. Eat Less
2. Move more
I have already started getting back to tracking my calories. I am going to track everything I eat 6 days a week, with Sunday being my "off" day. To begin with, so that I don't "fail" right off the bat, I'm going to attempt to keep my calories between 1800 - 2000. My normal calorie range is somewhere around 2800 give or take a few hundred, so this will be challenging for me, but not so challenging that I feel like I can't do it and just give up.
To move more, I'm walking or biking my son to and from school again mostly. That's regular exercise that I can always count on during the school year. For now that's all I'm going to do until I get my calorie intake under control.
That's about the gist of it. I'm just going back to the very, very basics with my main priority being to log my calories and keep them in the range I've set for myself.
For anyone wondering HOW I intend to keep them in that range, when I'm used to eating more, my strategy is this:
Breakfast - 1 serving of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk OR 1 yogurt and 1 cup of milk OR a "diet" bar or shake and 1 cup of milk.
Lunch - Canned soup and fruit OR salad and fruit OR "diet" bar or shake and fruit OR 1/2 sandwich, fruit, and veggies.
Dinner - Whatever I make for the family, but keeping track of the calories and portion sizes so I don't go over my goal for the day. If eating out for dinner, try to stick to lean meat and vegetable dishes and water to drink.
Snacks - Preferably NO SNACKS AFTER DINNER! However, during the day if I feel especially hungry I will snack on fruits, vegetables, or "diet" bars or shakes, with possibly a handful of nuts/seeds for protein.
That's generally what I'm going to try to do. I've also been planning my dinner menu ahead of time for the past month or so, which is making it easier to know what I can eat during the rest of the day.
Let's hope this works!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Today is the first day of my BL team's summer challenge. We are supposed to write a blog stating our goals for the challenge (10 weeks) and how we will achieve them.
Goal by the end of the 10 week challenge:
Lose at least 10 pounds.
How I will do it:
Keep my calories below 2000 every single day.
Keep my calories below 1600 at least 4 days a week.
Exercise of some sort 5-7 days a week.
Now I just have to do it. I'm going to do it this time. I'm sick and tired of being fat. I hate putting on my summer clothes and barely being able to zip up the shorts or look at myself in a mirror without cringing. I'm going to do this. Anyone can lose 10 pounds, right? Right. Here I go.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
My Medifast idea was a bust. I couldn't stick with it. I love normal food too much.
Tomorrow I will start counting calories again. It's worked in the past. If I can keep my calories around or below 1800 a day I will lose weight.
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