40 pounds in 40 weeks
Monday, October 14, 2013
Today, October 14, 2013 is day one of week one (although successive weeks will start on Sundays). I commit to myself today to lose one pound per week for the next 40 weeks. 40 weeks sounds like a pregnancy, lol. And it kind of is, as I will be giving birth to the new old me.
One of the biggest reasons I am doing this is because of an opera. I am not announcing the title yet, but next year, I will likely be producing and starring in an opera where I play a child. Yes... I'm well into middle age. But it is opera, and there is some suspension of belief required. But one of the things that will help me sell looking younger is to get rid of 40 pounds. My ultimate goal is about 10-15 less than that, but this is not about ultimate goals. This is about being able to do the job that I am setting up for myself. For this role, I commit to weighing 145. That is reasonable for me, and reasonable for the role.
I know that it is possible to lose 1-2 pounds per week. And should I lose faster some weeks, that will balanced out by weeks with no progress. But I have to really make this happen.
Oct 14: 185.4
That's today. No more after dinner cheese. No more whole pizzas for dinner. I'm not going to deny myself the foods I want, but limit amounts. This isn't going to be easy. I've been kidding myself about my regained weight for years.
But this is also for my health. My knee doesn't need all this extra weight... actually, neither knee does! My joints don't need it. My clothing certainly doesn't need it. My soul doesn't need it.
I'm committed. And I need to recommit every day. I've put my weight for the week on the fridge, along with a note:
1. Am I really hungry or just bored (or other emotion)?
2. If I think I'm hungry, drink a glass of water and re-evaluate.
3. Eat and snack responsibly.
I'm headed for a walk now. And I'm hungry, lol, but I don't need to let hunger dictate my life! I'm taking control.