Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I want to lose 20 pounds this summer. That is the 10 I gained due to lack of sleep and stress, along with an additional 10. I can do it.
I was so close to reaching my goal when life threw a big monkey wrench in my plans. I felt like taking care of myself, the whole purpose of the weight loss in the first place, meant allowing myself to slack a little. I ate more calories to be able to get through my crazy schedule, but often those extra calories were unplanned and not foods I should have been eating. Now I am up like 13 pounds, but I can lose it. I can sleep in a little during the summer since I did not get picked up for summer school, and I have lots of time to exercise. I am hoping to pick up more work hours from the second job, we definitely need the money, but I am going to make the best of this off time.
First, I need to get my eating back under control. I went a long time only eating whole grains, and eating very little sugar. I felt great. It was good for my health and my mood. I have slacked in that department. Sugar is one of those things that is hard to manage for me. I found myself with less will power due to lack of sleep and stress, and the more I ate, the more I wanted sweets. I find that if I stop sugar completely, then I don't even want it. So today I am not eating sugar. I am hoping to make it a long spark streak, but I am starting with just today. Just say no to simple carbs.
Second, I need to get back on track with exercise. I have consistently exercised, but since my free time was extremely limited, my duration was cut in half or less. Instead of 40+ minutes a day, I was going for 20 minute walks because I knew I needed to get other stuff done before I had to leave for work. For a few months, I was having some lower back pain, and I just did not feel like running or doing anything too strenuous. I am feeling better now, so I have no excuse. I am going back to 40+ minutes. I am starting today with an hour or more of walking. I will work back up to running.
I think if I can get those two things back on track, then I can reach my 20 pound goal. I like the way I feel when I take care of myself. I know that reaching that goal is not going to bring me instant happiness. It will not solve all my problems. I will not instantly look like a super model. It will make me feel good, none the less. I was feeling so strong and healthy before my financial crisis (unemployed husband). I want my size 10's to fit without a muffin top. I want to eat foods that nourish me, and leaving me feeling good. I did a half marathon in February without training for it. I don't know if I could do that right now, but I like being in that kind of shape. I never ever want to go back to weighing 340 pounds. That was not fun. I want to reach a healthy BMI, so I can live a long time for my kids. Starting today, I am getting back on track.