Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Pounds lost, that is.
Which is pretty exciting. I've never been able to stick with anything long enough to lose more than a few pounds. Not sure why this has worked so much better. Probably because I was more ready mentally. And I weighed 150 pounds, which for some reason was my line in the sand.
It took me awhile--I spend the first month not really upping exercise much, beyond taking a few extra walks. I started strength training a couple weeks in, then found Zumba and from there exercise just got easier--I didn't hate it as much as I used to. Especially since I was losing weight, with little change to my diet. I've gotten better about portions, and have avoided the unhealthier choices in the caf at work, but other than that? I pretty much eat the same as I did before, with extra attention to fruits & veggies. I'd still like to dial back on meat a little--we don't need to eat as much as we do. We're thinking of getting a local meat CSA and limiting ourselves to that--from an environmental & sustainability perspective, and from a health perspective, it seems a wise thing to do. Buying $$$ meat is one way to limit your intake, to be sure. :-)
I'm thrilled to be where I'm at, really. I was looking at FB pictures today of last Christmas, and, well, ugh. The double chin, the muffin top, the arms busting the seams of my shirts... This year, though, I can fit into pants I haven't been able to fit into for years (in fact, that might have been the true impetus--I can't afford to keep buying pants every month or two because I've outgrown them or worn out the upper thighs). My shirts fit better. The double chin less noticeable. People have started to notice that there's less of me, even.
And then there's the energy. I rarely feel like I need a nap every workday after lunch. I have more stamina to run around after my toddler (if only my knees & low back, victims of a car accident & scoliosis, were as amenable to being crawled on). I don't feel a lot stronger, really, but I've switched over from the lower weight, high rep strength training to higher weight, lower reps in an effort to start getting stronger. That will be my fitness goal after I get down to my goal weight.
So, I'm in the home stretch. Last 10 pounds. Which will probably be the hardest, but I'm cool with that, especially since some of that will be conversion of fat to muscle. I'm certain 120 is a makeable goal, but I'm not wedded to any particular timeline. My original goal was end of January, but then I got sick in October and weight loss took a backseat for a couple weeks. Then the holidays happened--I didn't gain weight, but didn't really lose weight, and with travel and holiday shopping and gym closures and whatnot it was tough to keep up with working out. I could maybe make the end of Feb, if I really worked at it, but I don't have any reason to push things, and since my laid-back attitude has worked so far, I'm inclined to roll with it. I haven't exactly been lazy--I've spent too much time at the gym for that, but I still refuse to say that I've been on a diet. Diets always sounded temporary to me, and I'm hoping this isn't that.