One month ago on April 19th, I'd reached my tipping point, and I chose to Eat Beautifully by making 4 changes:
drink lots of water
eat lots of veggies
Overall, I've stuck quite closely to this in the last month. I may have forgotten to journal a few things. I did have a margarita at a cocktail party I helped host. I've also got a great baseline of exercise since I'm on a triathlon team. My food and exercise journals are public on my SparkPage if you want to see what I'm doing. I had some days where I went over my calories, but eating in range wasn't formally part of my plan this month, so no guilt over that! That was very freeing!
And this has been so good. Nourishing myself rather than just eating what I find in the fridge is important to my soul. I love myself with veggies honestly. Eating junk brings me down but eating good food feeds me more deeply than just the hunger.
As I expected, I'm now following more than just those 4 changes listed above:
I push for 30g of fiber daily
I seek to eat a balance of proteins, carbs and fats
eating in my spark calorie range based on my exercise expenditure
It means cracking open my collection of cookbooks and trying out new recipes. I've been on a major Indian kick because I got this cookbook a few months ago.
These recipes give me restaurant quality food but are much lower in fat and I can control the sodium levels. That means I usually have a Rubbermaid container of either yummy beans or veggies available all the time, so if I'm hungry, I can just take a half or whole cupful of that, warm it up and I'm happy.
Right before I began Eating Beautifully, we had a trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. In Sedona, we discovered a marvelous restaurant called Elote Cafe; I gave the chef's cookbook to my husband for his birthday, and I cooked a healthy feast for my family on Mother's Day.
I have not lost consistently. I lost 4.5 pounds the first week which is about what I expected because I knew I'd been eating a lot of sodium. One week I only lost half a pound. That didn't stop my plan because I knew I was eating in a way that nourishes me, and that with persistence the scale will move.
I have no naive expectations that I will lose 11 pounds every month because I know my body. Sometime in the next month to few months, this weight loss will slow way down.
I'm in a half marathon November 18 this year. I want to lose 30 pounds by then, starting at the 181 I was a month ago. I'm a third of the way there. Never expected to be there at this point! I was figuring I'd just let go of a few pounds a month and meander my way down.
I haven't changed that November goal. I LIKE getting to eat, and with a slow goal I get to eat more food. For my weight and exercise intensity, my calorie range is 1,620 - 1,970 calories daily with that November goal. If my goal date were August 18th, my calorie range would be 1,250 - 1,600. Which amount would you rather be eating for a mere 3 months' delay?