Habits are Good, but Weight is Up

Saturday, September 04, 2010

In little over a month, I've made some moderate to large changes in my eating habits. First, I eat to live, not live to eat. I'll have a brownie or ice cream sometimes, but only once in a while. Second, I've been eating smaller portions, and am getting used to it. I love the feeling of satisfied versus the feeling of being "stuffed"! Also, even though I don't get a lot of veggies during the day, I make sure to take plenty (along with salad) at dinner when I eat with my family. Overall, I feel a lot healthier, and I'm rarely hungry. There's just one drawback...

My weight hasn't been going down. Or if it does, very slowly. The first few weeks, my weight slowly dropped to 205 (although I experienced a yo-yo effect even getting that far). Then I got down to 202.5 lbs. I was so happy! I the went up to 203 a few days later, then back down to 202 a week later. In over a week, I only lost about half a pound!

My goal was to get down to 200 lbs. by September, but now we're half a week in and I'm still a few pounds away. I know it's not just about the numbers, but I haven't really noticed a change in my body with the loss of the first 7 lbs. This is the point at which I usually give up and revert back to my old habits, thinking "I just can't do this, so why bother?" This time, though, I'm going to keep moving forward. Even if I wasn't intent on my weight-loss goal, the truth is, I like the way I've been eating, and I don't want to go back.

What's the next step? Goods news and bad news for me. The good news is, I think I know the obvious answer to my dilemma- I may be eating better, but the real way for me to burn off these calories and pounds is by exercising. The bad news? I'm lazy about getting to the gym, especially when I have other things to do or I'm feeling tired. I have to remember that it's worth it to take an hour out of my day to exercise.

Knowing that working out will make help me lose more and get closer to my goal will really motivate me. :)
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