It's been a while since I last posted, but things are going really well. In my last entry, I had some ideas about how to re-approach weight loss, but it happened differently than I expected.
First, I found out I had another vitamin deficiency this year. Long story short, I started taking some Vitamin D supplements as directed by my doctor and I've been feeling back to normal for a few months now.
Then in May, I tried doing WeightWatchers for a few weeks. The first week I lost a few pounds, the next week I gained it all back, and by the third week, I couldn't stop eating over my points allotment, even with the extra weekly points! I was convinced I was hungry all the time. It was so frustrating- WeightWatchers is supposed to work for most people, and it's supposed to be more effective than other weight loss plans.
The point was, I needed more guidance than a daily points allowance. So I finally did something I'd been planning to do for a long time. I made an appointment with a dietician.
I got a recommendation from my doctor's office for the dietician at Bridgeport Hospital. I met with her about two weeks into August. Her name is Lise Sanchez, and she's very nice. I'll go more into depth about what she told me to do in another blog entry, but basically she told me my "numbers", outlined how I should eat each day, and gave me a daily meal/activity log to fill out.
That was August 13, and today is September 22. So it was about one month and one week ago, and I've seen her a second time since then, about two weeks ago.
As of this morning, I've lost a total of 13.5 pounds since I first met with her. I feel like deja vu, because that's the same amount of weight I lost in the summer/fall of 2010 last year. So for now, I'm back at the same weight I was then-195.5 lbs.
I'm really glad I lost the weight last year, though, despite gaining it back. Thanks to SparkPeople, I gained the motivation to accomplish something I wasn't even sure I could. So even though it seemed like on the scale, I was starting all over again, I already was encouraged by the fact that I had already done it before, so I knew it was possible for me to lose the weight again.
This time, though, I'm going to keep losing weight. Even if I get stressed out and end up eating, say, a burrito from Taco Bell, I can still re-adjust and bounce back from it. (And I already have, because that's exactly what I did the day before my first CPA exam.)
I'm doing pretty well with the eating, so there are just two other issues I have to face. First, I need to exercise more often. I was doing pretty well, but I've been lax about it lately, so I have to put more effort into that, since it's really important and will help me get in to shape.
The other thing I have to face, which I can't really control, is the occasional nightmare I have (really!) in which I somehow get a hold of a lot of candy, and I either start eating it or am tempted to. Imagine my relief when I wake up and realize, 'There was no candy! I'm safe!' :D
So I'm pretty happy right now, and I feel like I'm just getting started. :)