Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After my last pity party blog, I decided to put on my big girl pants and get myself back on track. My guy has been doing Take Shape for Life/Medifast and honestly, in like a week he has lost close to 18 pounds. While I admit I am jealous of his rapid weight loss, I sure don’t want to do that program then gain it back again when I am tired of eating health bars and drinking shakes. That being said, I decided to go forward with the Eat to Live plan like I had done last summer – which did wonders for me for those weeks when I stuck with it. As of today it has been a week since I’ve been back on the plan.
Now last time I did this program, I lost 14 pounds in the first 2 weeks – which is awesome for anyone that has been overweight most of their life. So this time around I was honestly expecting the same thing to happen – but it has not. In this first week with the plan I have lost about 5 pounds. Every morning after I drop my step-daughter off at practice I head to the gym for 30 – 45 minutes of exercise before I go to work, I have cut out booze, eat healthier than I have in almost a year, got rid of the diet soda and everything else to drink except tea and water and every morning I have been excited to run to the scale to see how much I have lost. And for the last 3 days that scale has not moved at all which is a little disappointing, but I am trying to look at the big picture instead of the scale. Both my guy and I did our measurements a week ago and tonight we do pictures so we are giving ourselves another week before we measure up again so I’m anxious to see what has changed.
On the other hand, although I can’t SEE a lot has changed (yes I know – only been a week) I’m pretty sure I can FEEL changes happening. For example, I am short and thick and while I love wearing boots in the winter, I cannot wear them unless they are “wide calf” boots (which is embarrassing to me not to mention limiting the styles I can wear). Today I have noticed that these boots are now so loose I can pull them off without unzipping them. At the beginning of the year, these same boots almost didn’t fit because my calves had gotten so big – which was a part of my wake up call for getting myself together. When I log onto SparkPeople, the first thing I want to do is go to my fitness tracker, not spin the wheel. I really want to earn my points and not just have them given to me. So at the end of this rambling blog, I guess my point is that I am trying. I am moving, staying active and trying to prevent myself from becoming discouraged. I remind myself that I did not get this way overnight so I will not become the way I want to be overnight either. Lastly, I am also realizing how much support and encouragement from other people really does get you through some tough moments. Thank you to the Spark community for being open, posting their triumphs and their setbacks and most importantly, giving other people hope and the knowledge they are not alone.