Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Yikes! I've been here all along, but no blogging so things look kind of stale!
So it's been two years of maintaining. Mostly :) I dropped allll the way down to 145 before my wedding and did a pretty good job of staying between 150-155 for quite some time after that, but for the past 6+ months it's been more like 155-160. I'm mostly okay with that because hey - before Spark People even 160 would have seemed like a miracle. But I've decided I really would rather be around 150 so I'm picking things up a bit!
What I've learned is that I can pretty much control my weight through watching my food intake, but of course I'm not as toned as I was when I was working out on a regular basis - and I liked that feeling. I also feel more optimistic about the scale when I am working out because even if the numbers go up, I know that as long as I keep with it, they will eventually go down. So I'm back on the Wii Fit and becoming acquainted again with some of those muscles that haven't had much attention lately.
People ask me all the time how I did it and my typical answer is "I tracked everything I ate and I walked 5 miles a day."
One thing I figured out fairly quickly with the walking was that it was much easier to get my 10,000 steps in by doing just a bit at a time. In the morning I would get off the bus one stop early and walk the long way around the block. Then I would go out at least twice during the day for 15 minutes and get another 1200-1500 steps. Then I'd get off the bus early again on the way home so that by the time I got home each night I was already done. For me that was *much* easier than devoting an hour or more to exercising every night when I got home.
There are a few other things that I did which didn't seem like such a big deal at the time, but looking back I know they helped a lot -
I started using the "small" version of everything in my kitchen - the smaller glass, the small forks and spoons, and small plates sometimes. This was a pretty easy change to get used to, but I believe it has made a huge difference!
I like sweets and carbs, so I always work my food plan to include treats. Usually that means ice cream at night (slow-churned, but not sugar-free :)), or at the very least a Smart Ones dessert. I know that this has been absolutely critical to my success.
Also critical - sticking around here. It's a bit of a different place for me than it was in the beginning, but still very helpful in keeping me on track. So even though I haven't been blogging very much, I'm not going anywhere!