I've been struggling with losing weight for about six to seven years now. I had some success in 2009 and in 2010, but nothing long-lasting. Recently, I discovered that I have gained about 30 pounds since February 2011. Even after gaining weight in December 2010, in February I was still down around 20 pounds from my Weight Watchers starting weight in June 2010.
Do the math. That means I am around 10 pounds above my 2010 Weight Watchers weight, and around 15 pounds above my FIRST Weight Watchers starting weight. (in January 2009).
I wonder if, perhaps, my approach is wrong. I've been setting up goals to lose 50-60 pounds. I have broken them up into smaller chunks, but my goal has always been weight loss and a smaller size.
I've been considering a change. I've always been skeptical about the whole "Fast Break" concept. After all, I gave up soda, liquid calories (except for certain milk substitutes and milk), and artificial sweeteners over the past 5 years or so, and I'm heavier than ever. It makes me wonder what good small changes really make.
[July 2008; 2 months before giving up soda/slurpees- though not all liquid calories including juice, milkshakes, etc]
Then, I think about it a bit. I know that in theory, weight loss is calories in vs calories out. If I burn 2000 calories a day and eat 1900, I should lose weight. Granted, I will lose about a pound every five weeks, but the weight should come off.
I'm wondering if, maybe, my problem is the way I am approaching my goal. Weight loss should be the natural byproduct of certain actions taken. However, it's not something I can always control. I can be perfect on my eating plan, and still see no results. I can, however, directly control those actions that should lead to weight loss.
So, maybe my approach should be to allow weight loss to be the result of more active goals. I'll start off small: 10 minutes of exercise a day, 10,000 steps, and just tracking what I eat as accurately as possible. Then, I can see what changes I need to make to create the deficit I need (20% reduction of the calories burned each day). To start, I might just need to make a few little changes to see results on the scale.
At the same time, I'll admit it, I want the results. I want to see the weight fall off, but I have not been able to stick to any diet plans long term. I know I might be able to stick to a smaller 10 minute exercise goal and/or walking 10,000 steps per day long term, but I still want to see results. I'm worried that achieving smaller goals won't motivate me enough if I do not see any results.
Still, I am starting a new job soon (part time to start, but it will hopefully increase to full time in a couple months. Cooking every night and making huge changes when starting a new job never worked in the past, but I can stick to a goal of working out for 10 minutes a day even during my vacation (though my choice of food will be limited for those few days).
I guess focusing on smaller goals rather than the main goal of weight loss won't hurt. The small goals are all things I would be doing when I reach my ultimate goal anyway, so what's the harm?
So, I am picking up my post-it notes tonight or tomorrow so I can start tracking my 10 minute exercise streak (thanks Pat, SparkGuy, and MOSTMOM1).
Just a question for those who do a 10 minute exercise streak. The requirements are 10 minutes of intentional exercise. Are there times when you have to think about whether an activity counts for your goal or not?