Monday, May 14, 2012
On Jan 2, 2012, I started my "eating better and exercising more" plan. I read the Mayo Clinic Diet book, and used most of those goals as my own. The hardest one being no sugar for two weeks. I did well with that for the most part. I realized I had an addiction to sugar after having eaten SO many cookie and treats between Thanksgiving and New Years! I think I knew it before then, but during that time frame, it really hit me. I felt like a blob.
Even before then, I saw pictures of myself at my sister's wedding in August 2011 and couldn't believe I let myself get back to that weight. I vowed when I did Weight Watchers (and lost 40 pounds) that I wouldn't let myself get back there - but I did. I exercised a little, tried to eat little better, but it didn't really stick. I wasn't holding myself accountable.
I knew after Christmas that I had to break a habit. My sugar habit. I couldn't have cookies or cakes or, most importantly, chocolate, in the house. That's been tough since my wife likes her chocolate as well. But from January to April I had very little to no processed sugar in the form of deserts or chocolates. Habit 1 was broken, for a little while. More on that in a minute.
Another habit, this time to to adopt, was to in the form of regular exercise. So both my wife and I started a morning workout routine together. We started with Tae Bo for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week - Mon, Tues and Thurs mornings. It was rough! Our bodies quickly told us we were out of shape. As the weeks went by, the workouts got easier, but still gave us a good cardio workout. We used MyFitnessPal to record a daily food and exercise log.
Towards the end of Feb I started adding walks to my exercise routine. I did those on Wednesdays at work during lunch. That bumped my workouts to 30 minutes, 4 times a week. The weight was coming off (total loss about 15 pounds at that point) and clothes were feeling loose. I was feeling great at this point!
Through March I was plateauing a bit. We switched up the morning workouts with a Jillian Michaels video that was more strength combined with cardio, and I starting running during my 30 minute lunch walks. Also, I changed some food - lunches were getting routine, so I started taking big salads with lots of veggies and a hard boiled egg. The weight started coming off again - hooray!
April - doing all the same. Running outside now, averaging every other we weekend. Plus we might do an exercise video on the weekend if time allowed.
Then the chocolate bunnies moved in. It was Easter. We eneded up with two extra little bags of candy that we had put together for people at my Grandma's Easter dinner. They were extra incase a stray neighbor or friend joins us for Easter dinner (as has happened in the past). This year, no strays. The bunnies ended up coming home with us. The bunnies got eaten. :( My willpower was zero. Since then, I've had a cake or brownie out, here and there.
Mother's Day buffet - didn't do too bad. Piled the plate with veggies and fish and seafood tortellini. Had a small piece of apple pie and a few strawberries from the desert buffet. Not too, too bad since they then brought out cheesecake, and I could have easily eaten a piece. After the buffet, we took advantage of the nice day and hit a few golf balls at the driving range. On the way home, I said "I'm really hungry for ice cream." No surprise really - it was a nice day (which equals ice cream) and I had eaten processed sugar earlier (my body/mind was craving more sugar). Later that night, I was very hungry. My brother-in-law had bought some ice cream and I had some.
My chocolate/sugar habit/addiction is not broken. I am still losing weight, though I fear that these bad habits, and more importantly, bad foods, will creep back in to my diet.
The good news out of all of this is that I continue to make better food choices by educating myself (mostly documentaries and articles on food). I'm also feeling good about working out. I never feeling like I have to work out, by I WANT to work out. It makes me feel good (even at 5:30 in the morning). To keep us motivated, we signed up for a Warrior Dash in August. That goal has changed my mindset. I feel that with the weight I've lost so far (~25lbs) I can actually finish a race like the Warrior Dash. Last year, I thought our friend who ran it was nuts! Certifiable! Now? I guess I must be certifiable too. :)