So I completed my first Dietbet game and met my goal!
I had to lose 4% of my body weight in 28 days. It was scary at the end when I had to weigh-in. I forgot I had to wear my 'airport attire' as they instructed, I was in my birthday suit weighing the past few weeks. Would the 2 lbs of clothes add more weight than I needed?!
I was still past my 4% goal. I lost 7.2 lbs. Now just waiting to see how much my share of the pot with the other game members will be.
As I mentioned in my 'Baby Steps' blog on 1/26/13, I'm taking it nice and slow getting back into a rhythm and routine to lose weight. Going totally cold turkey and trying to be perfect doesn't work for me and can lead me to a binge.
So...I'm just about done with my 'baby steps,' and with this Dietbet challenge got some momentum to keep me going forward.
So here are my 'baby steps' completed:
1. Drinking more water, stop snacking in between meals, no more eating past 7pm.
2. Be more aware of what I'm eating, stop the junk food, chocolate (my forever weakness/trigger food)!! Go to zumba 1x/week. Write in my pretty notebook what I eat for the day.
3. Start using a calorie counting tool like MyFitnessPal which I LOVE!! Sorry SP needs to improve their phone app, and expand their food database with their barcode scanner. No starchy carbs after 4 pm, so my dinners have no rice/pasta etc. but lots of veggies! I'm really learning to love 'em. Loving baby bok choy right now. Eating more 'clean,' and eliminating processed foods has helped my energy levels.
4. Start seriously moving!! I got a new treadmill I saved up for in December and needed to start putting it to use. I began a 5K training program that I used before. I just started week three and can now jog up to 5 min. It's been majorly tough but it's getting easier. I may sign up for a 5K at the end of April. So with that 4x/wk, and zumba 1x/wk I'm torching lotsa calories.
Using my Fitbit more often too. It works with MyFitnessPal so you can see all the extra calories you burn throughout your day with the steps you take, etc.
So far from my heaviest weight last November 2012, I've lost 13 lbs. That makes me smile.
I feel despite all the stress I have at home I am gaining control in my emotional eating which I 'thought' I had 3 years ago when I lost 40lbs. I am considering for my next 'baby step' to attend a Overeaters Anonymous meeting and see what it's like. The behavior modification part of losing weight is always the hardest to deal with.
I'm still trying,... I'm still not giving up getting to a healthy weight for myself and my kids. That's the most important step of all!!
What are your 'baby steps' if you use them, or what works for you to keep your momentum going?