Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Some people start New Year's Resolutions on January 1st, but I seem to start of February 1st. Why? I guess in January I'm still so hyped up from the holidays and fun and leftovers and gross eating that it just takes me another month to realize I need to make a change.
Just one year ago today, I discovered Spark People and made the decision to do something about my health, weight, well-being, etc.
In one year, not a whole lot has changed. I'm still single, I still LOVE my friends, I'm at the same job (just now I'm not so happy with it here...), and I'm still having difficulties with my weight and appearance.
I haven't been on a scale since about September, when I fell off the workout wagon. I had been REALLY good about working out all summer, but then schedules got in the way and I gave up. And then I just gave up running, and then I just got lazy, and then I just started eating anything and EVERYTHING.
I'm not happy.
I need to change.
Tomorrow I am going to get on the scale and see how bad it really is. All I know is that I'm back in my fat clothes - barely able to zip some of the pants.
So what am I doing about it? GREAT QUESTION! Routine. Having an eating routine for me works very well. For some people it's boring, but for me, it just allows me no room for thinking about other options. Oatmeal and banana for breakfast. If I get VERY bored of it, I will switch to FF greek yogurt and a little Kashi cereal. PB&J (natural PB and low sugar jelly) or turkey sandwiches on light whole wheat bread for lunch. Apple for snack. Dinner is a little trickier. I am going to try to cook more and eat out less, but I DO end up going out to eat a lot, so I will have to just work hard at ordering well.
DRINKING is another downfall of mine. I go out with friends a lot, and going out with friends means drinking a lot. Drinking means losing inhibitions and making poor eating choices, being hungover and not being active, and being hungover and craving greasy foods. Not to mention the calories in alcohol itself. I have to set realistic goals for myself so that I don't feel like a total failure. But I think one night/week of multiple drinks, with 1-2 nights a week of only one drink is doable.
Finally, I joined a gym. It's a cheap little workout room, really, but I can afford it and I have no excuse not to exercise in the winter. I'm going to aim for 3x per week.
And there. That's what I've got for today.