I'm going to need to get my husband to start taking these pictures of me each week - our bathroom mirrors stops at the waist, and because I'm pear shaped, I carry a lot of my weight in my hips, seat, and legs. That's where I'm hoping to notice the difference first, and if I'm not photographing it, I can't see it!
Unexpectedly, when I stepped on the scale this morning, the number was smaller! I lost 2 pounds, which is right on track for my weight loss goal. I hadn't really expected, or planned, to start losing weight yet. I decided my first 2 to 3 weeks would focus on habits, being really conscious of what I'm doing and taking baby steps to change it. So, a 2 pound loss is surprising and encouraging!
A note on BMI: apparently those two pounds were enough to slide me down from obese to overweight. I knew I was close to the line, but I didn't realize I was riding it quite so literally. It makes me feel a little better at least.
Also, I discovered that when I went in to correct my starting weight, I didn't go to the "change goal" tab. I did that today, to estimate how long it should take me, etc. Apparently, I still had my calorie range set-up for when I was exclusively breastfeeding - which meant I needed 300-500 calories more each day than I would if I want to lose weight. I spent this week judging my eating habit based off that goal (you can see it in my previous post), and thinking that just cutting out soda would make all the difference. I thought to myself, maybe my eating habits aren't as bad as I think?
Oh, how wrong I was! Rather than eating an average of an extra 250 calories a day, I was eating 800-1000 calories more each day than I should if I want to lose. OOOF! No use beating myself up. I now have a better picture of the big changes I need to make.
With all that in mind, here's some goals for this:
-Begin Couch to 5k. I see week 1 of C25k as a step up from walking
-Eat within my goal calorie range at least 3 days.
-Drink no more than 12 oz. of soda each day.
-Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day
-Take my multi-vitamin everyday.
-Continue to track my food each day
-Continue to log into SparkPeople each day.
I'm giving myself this week to cut back on the soda before I start to cut it out. Soft drinks and I have a sordid history.
Growing up they were always a treat. My mom only bought them for holidays, and then only one or two two-liter bottles for the family gathering. When we went camping, she might get two six-packs of cans for our family of four. When I got to college, it was by and far the most affordable drink in all of the cafeterias on campus. Then my roommate and boyfriend (and now ex-husband) kept soft drinks around all the time. Even though I never bought them for myself, they were always in my home, and there were times that my juice would be gone or I just wanted a break from water, so I'd grab a Coke. This eventually became a habit, and after my divorce, I did pretty good about cutting back again. (I also did Weight Watchers after college, and switched to diet soda at the time. When I got pregnant, I refused to drink or eat artificial sweeteners.) Currently, my husband drinks A LOT of Mt. Dew, and I've fallen into the same habit of grabbing them when I wanted not-water. This means that in retaliation (and a sense of carrying for my wants and likes) he's started buying me soda that he knows I like so I won't drink his. I have eight twelve-ounce bottles of root beer and six twelve-ounce bottles of orange soda left in the house. I usually take them with my lunch, but sometimes grab them with a snack or dinner. My goal this week is to limit my daily intake - possibly even start thinking of them as candy (which they ARE). I really want to move toward only having soda in the house as a treat.