Lost 50 pounds (I wish!!!)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This is my 3rd attempt to get in shape since I joined Spark in summer 2007. Lost some weight, fell off the wagon and put it back with extra. Tried again last year - lost 20 pounds, put it back on with interest. So with about 20 pound lost each year and another 10 pound lost so far this time - that's at least 50 pound I've lost. Not bad eh? If only I didn't have those puttting it on intervals between the taking it off ones lol The ironic thing is, this time (off the wagon) I was aware that I was "pigging out" and although I kept shoving it in my mouth - I wasn't even enjoying it fully .
At least I've got back on for another go. I feel I've learned a bit on each "lapse" so at least it wasn't entirely disastrous.
I've learned that I really want to lose weight and get in shape. I wont give up. No matter how many times I fall off the wagon I'll climb back on, even if it does take me some time to do it and even if I do go backwards more than forwards. Better to go forwards and backwards rather than just backwards.
I've learned I'm not active enough. Even if I eat at the low end of my calorie allowance I struggle to lose a pound a week, because I'm just not active enough. I think I've sat on my backside so long that my metabolism has gone on holiday. So the simple solution is to help my metabolism by moving my body around more - burn more calories with cardio, and see if I can get interested in strength training (which I just HATE - which is a shame cos I would love a toned body later as well as a slim one), to build my muscles up a bit more so I'm burning more calories at rest too.
I learned that alcohol is a no-no while I'm trying to lose weight. I always plan just one drink and one packet of crisps - nearly 400 calories - and put it in my tracker. But that second pint is always too strong for me to resist, and it's too wet without more crisps lol. Just 2 pints and a couple (or more :k) packets of crisps can add total around 1000 calories on a friday night. Do that again on saturday night and let's say 1500-2000 calories at the weekend. Over the year that's 78,000 calories minimum - or a massive 22 pounds. When you're creating a weekly defecit of 3500 calories - that weekend drinking still leaves a small defecit - but I think I'd rather lose the weight faster. I've decided to swap lager for diet coke.
I've learned it's much harder to eat things if they're not in the house in the first place. But I've also learned that I've got self control if I'm determined. Losing weight is now more important to me than say a mars bar or cherry bakewell. Stuff that does tempt me, I simply don't buy with the main grocery shopping anymore, I buy a small packet/portion on the day that I decide we will have them as a dessert or treat.
Hopefully, some time next year, I can say I've lost 50 pounds and it will reflect a 50 POUND LOSS FROM MY STARTING WEIGHT. How much do I want this? A LOT!!! I won't give up.