Make excuses or make progress? Down 8 1/2 lbs.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hey all! A lot has happened since I last blogged. I've lost 8 1/2 pounds, am upholding my workout goals, and still using light therapy.
I titled this blog, "Make Excuses or Make Progress," because the biggest impact on my weight loss efforts so far has been a book by Jack Canfield, called, "The Success Principles." The first chapter is about personal responsibility - ultimately, YOU control what you do and the resulting outcomes.
I had basically written off losing weight because now my sister does a lot of the cooking and I don't know how many calories are in the recipes she uses. Also, my Mom is visiting until April, and she buys tons of snacks and leaves them out everywhere. Also since I had moved, I didn't have access to a gym and didn't want to spend a lot of money on a membership right now. I was also having seasonal depression, having moved to Seattle, so didn't feel like working out or doing much at all.
However, after reading the first chapter of the book, I decided:
-My sister may cook, but I can check out the recipe, measure my portions and if needed estimate the calories. I've even looked up obscure recipes in the Sparkpeople database, and it's been in there! I wouldn't have known this without simply trying.
-My Mom may leave snacks around, but I don't have to eat them. I have also gone to the store and brought my own "snacks" - lowfat cottage cheese and fruit. I also can simply say, "No I'm not hungry," if she offers snacks after I've already eaten.
- I started doing "You Are Your Own Gym" workouts by Mark Lauren. The workouts are good, and use only what you have in your house. I do push-up variations off couches, lat pull ups from the top of a door, rows pulling up under a table, box jumps using a stairway and so on.
I have made some other changes too:
-I stuck with the light therapy to treat my SAD until I found something that works for me.
-I don't eat past 8 PM. This way if I am hungry later in the night (seems to be a symptom of the SAD), there is no question if I should or shouldn't eat - if it's past 8 PM, I just don't.
-I workout 6 days a week, even if it is just an easy workout, I still do something.
-I strength train 4-5 times a week, which I wasn't doing before.
-I have said I am not going to train for a marathon or other endurance race until I am within 5 lbs of my goal weight (endurance training actually makes weight loss a lot harder in my case). This has been hard for me but I am trying to stick to this goal.
- I eat a vegetarian diet now!
14 more lbs to go... I AM DOING THIS!
Let me know how you are doing. I am sick today, but tomorrow hopefully I will be back in the game!