Tuesday, April 30, 2013
So, this is my first blog entry in 2013. Here goes:
I had a really rough end to the year and beginning of this year, resulting in my weight climbing back up to 278, almost back to my beginning spot in 2012 (283.5 - my all-time high.) I half-heartedly tried to lose the weight, and lost 5 lbs in the first couple months of the year, but my head wasn't in the game... I was depressed and miserable, and knew I needed to make some big changes.
So, starting on 3/10/13, I cut out coffee. I cut out pop (all kinds.) I started making a conscious effort to drink water all day long, and to eat more of a plant-based diet. I started going to the Y again in the mornings before work. Before long, I noticed that I wasn't having the junk food cravings I usually struggle so much with. Is that attributable to giving up the diet soda (artificial sweeteners)? Maybe. Whatever the cause, I am glad for it.
Here I am, 7 weeks back into this journey, and I am feeling great. I am down 26 lbs, with 97 more to go to get to my goal. Has it been easy? Heck no!! But, I really, really want to succeed this time. For me. For my husband. For our 13 year old son. It is really humbling to realize that I still have almost 100 lbs to lose, and of course I want it to just melt off overnight. I KNOW that's not going to happen, and I also know what I need to do to create real changes in my body.
To help me keep my motivation strong, and as a reward for staying on track for the past 7 weeks, I made an investment in ME this week: Personal Training. Yesterday, I met with a personal trainer at the Y and had my consult and my first training appointment. I feel like I "clicked" with her, and I am already sore. Really sore. But in a good way. I am really looking forward to my appointment next week. I also signed up for the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) assessment, which I think I will have next week sometime. It will be interesting to see how that number compares with my Sparkpeople number.
I am going to be 40 years old in December, and I want to start my 41st year in a much better place, health-wise, than I started my 40th year.
Here's to good choices and healthy decisions this week!