Friday, February 03, 2012
My "discovery" that I only need to work out 20-30 minutes a day to burn approx 150 calories to lose weight seems to be helping. Of course, this also means keeping my eating in check, and some days that is a real challenge. I weighed myself in the first part of January at 174 pounds. Last Sunday (Jan 29th) after a solid week of calorie control and work outs I weighed in at 171! Could it be this plan is working?
I do think my biggest struggle will be controling my eating. I'm a grazer and an emotional eater (happy, sad, mad, bored... doesn't matter). I've tried using the tracker but I don't keep up with it. I've tried a "manual" version where I just write everything down, but haven't managed to keep up with that either. Luckily I eat basically the same things every day so I already know where I'm at with my calories. My biggest challenge is when I get home from work and I make dinner. It can be so hard sometimes not to snack while I'm cooking or snack before and after the meal (doesn't seem to matter if I'm actually hungry or not). Weekends can be rough too, especially if I'm at home.
I've also realized I don't drink nealry enough water. I have a bottle in front of me all day long at work, I just don't manage to drink it. Funny thing is, I don't really drink other beverages. either. No soda or starbucks addiction here! I guess I'll just have to figure out something that gets me to thnk about drinking water...
Anyway, less than 2 weeks ago I was feeling pretty down on myself, but i'm slowly feeling my body change and react and it's making me feel like there is hope to losing this extra weight. My stamina has definately improved. I started using an elliptical and at first I could barely go a minute without my legs burning and needing/wanting to stop. Just the other day I went for over 15 minutes straight! That is on the easiest setting, but at least I feel like I'm getting somewhere.
So I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing and see what happens!