Monday, June 04, 2012
This spring was rough for me. Bad news about my blood pressure and cholesterol levels has led to three medications. Anxiety and depression set in after gripping with the one-year anniversary of my father's death and feelings of isolation. I lost motivation to eat well and exercise and traded those habits in for old ones - shopping, happy hour, dinners out, cocktails at home - that I hoped would make me feel better. I've gained 11 lbs since january, when I only needed to drop 5 to return to my comfortable fluctuation range of 155-157.
Many of my clothes no longer fit since I got rid of anything bigger than a 12. I don't recognize myself in the mirror. And of course, it worsens my physical and mental ailments to see myself growing instead of shrinking (or even maintaining.) So I am making a new commitment starting today.
-Eat less than 1400 calories per day
-No after dinner snacks (nightcap of SF popsicle and chamomile tea only)
-No cocktails at home
-Eat at home!!! Eat out 1 time per week maximum
-Schedule exercise 4-6 times per week (burn 2500-3200 calories) and start lifting weights at least 2 times per week
-Eat more fruits and vegetables all the time
-Measure and weigh food
-Twice weekly weigh-ins.
-Inform my friends so they can hold me accountable
I will let you know how I am progressing next week. I am hoping for a quick jump start after re-buckling down this week.