Thursday, July 19, 2012
hello, I have never posted here before and I don't know exactly what to say. I think I will start off my blog telling a little bit about myself and why I need to get healthy and lose weight. I am a 26 year old SWF. I am attending art school for my second degree. My first degree was in linguistics. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have tried to lose weight before, and things worked (sort of I lost around 20 pounds on WW), but they were temporary, and once I stopped following the program, I gained the weight back.
I feel as though this time is different though. I am much more motivated and I think this time, with the help of SP. It all started with getting enough sleep and taking my meds on time. I take a medication that causes drowsiness, Abilify, and I used to take it before I went to bed, the only problem was that I would go to bed at random times, sometimes midnight to two or three in the morning. Durring the summer my mom said that I had to do three things in order to take the car, one of which was wake up by 10 in the morning. I found out that Abilify lasts for approximately 12 hours, so I needed to take my pills by 10 at night. After I started getting enough sleep, I felt more energized and more "here", if you know what I mean. I am more alert and can think better. From that small change, I started to make other small changes. I started reading self-help books and health books. I wanted to eat healthier, so I changed my breakfasts. I cut out cereal. I used to eat 2-3 bowl-fulls (I don't even want to think about how many servings were in one bowl). Instead I cut out cereal all together and substituted a banana and peanut butter and a Chobani yogurt. I tried eating less durring the day too.
I started walking the dog a mile a few times a week. I couldn't believe how hard it was to walk that far, it hurt really bad. My parents and I had set up a rewards system that if I work out 3 days a week, they would give me $5, and if I worked out 5 times, they would give me $10. If I did not work out at least three times, they would take my laptop away for a week. (I forgot what started this was my brother staging a sort of intervention. He was very worried about me and set up this system for me.) The first week I worked out 3 times, the second week I only worked out 2 times, and my parents took away my laptop, which was really hard for me to live without ( which I was surprised by). That motivated me to work out more the next week. From there I found Planet Fitness, a gym with a $10 monthly membership fee. It is a great gym that I can afford. the only problem is that it is far from my home and I have to take a bus to get there. Over the next few weeks I lost about 7~8 pounds.
A week or two ago I started wanting to get a real plan together, for eating, so that I could have a program to follow and lose weight more quickly. I was on a website that reviewed different diets and I was looking at a bunch of them. One stood out to me, it was a free ediet, you guessed it, it was Sparkpeople.com. I went to the website and it looked like something I could do. I wanted to read the book, so I called my library and checked out the book, "The Spark" I was amazed, what was in the book was exactly what I was already doing; small manageable changes that will stick over the long term, better yet this site has a community and free tools for tracking everything. Last week I started to follow the program a little bit. I tracked my food and other stuff. I bought the book today and re-committed to the program. I have officially lost 12 pounds since I began my weight loss journey. Wow I wrote a lot. I plan on writing here tomorrow too.