A Step-By-Step Plan
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
When I was in high school, I weighed 118. I was able to eat whatever I wanted and never gain a pound. My friends would envy me at times. My eating habits were horrible in high school. A year after I graduated, I started to gain weight. I went from size 1 to size 14 in 18 months. I kept denying that I gained weight but your pant size can never lie to you. On January 1, 2012 I weighed myself and I was at 184. I tried several times to loose weight but I failed.
On Feb. 26, 2012, I weighed myself again, I was at 189. I had gained 5 pounds in one month. I am not proud on how much I have gained. Heart problems and diabetes runs in my family so being over weight is not an ideal lifestyle.
After the panic attack about my weight, I sat down and pondered on how I gained weight. My eating habits had not changed so what did? Once I asked myself that question, a light bulb turned on. I was no longer active. I had let my college life, with my full-time job, get a hold of me. I use to play soccer everyday. I would run 5 miles almost every other day. My life style had change but my eating habits stayed the same. I thought to myself, what should I do in order to loose weight. I browsed several websites, even thought about using Herbal Life products. After a few days, I decided I must create a step-by-step plan to change my lifestyle. I do not want to be part of the 90% who did not complete their New Year’s resolution. With a step-by-step plan, I will be able to reach my goal. My goal is to loose 71 pounds. I will be posting blogs about my progress and what I am doing to reach my goal.
The first step I took when creating a step-by-step plan was making sure my fiancée was on-board with my step-by-step plan. The reason my fiancée is part of my journey to loose weight is because I want him to make sure I follow my plan. We are all human and we tend to make mistakes. He will be the person that will make sure I am not cheating and that I stick to the plan. It is always a good idea to have back-up/support when trying to loose weight.
Once I established who will make sure I stick to the plan, I began writing my New Year’s Resolution: Step-By-Step Plan.
ONE: IDENTIFY YOUR EATING HABITS
It was a breeze for me when it came to identifying my eating habits. I love to eat burgers almost every other day accompanied by two big bags of hot-cheetos. I can eat almost any junk food there is. Anything salty or greasy will find a way to my belly. When I hear the word “salad”, I am already half away across the world. I do enjoy eating sweets but it is rare when they make it to my mouth. My poor eating habits also include bad portion control. I over-indulge on almost everything I eat. The last item to join the list is that I eat every two hours. When I say eat, I mean chugging junk food down my throat.
STEP TWO: CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS (SLOWLY)
When I came up with this step, I was a little shocked. I would have never thought I would write those words down. I have heard horror stories about what happens when you change your eating habits. Since junk food is addicting, you will hit a withdrawal state if it’s taken away from one day to the next. That withdrawal is the reason why it is so hard for people to loose weight.
In order to loose weight, you need to slowly change your eating habits. Since I love eating burgers almost every other day, I will cut that down to once a week (for only a short-time). With the junk food, I will eat one average size bag a week and nothing more (for only a short-time).
Once I cut down on the unhealthy foods, I will start to add healthy foods to my diet. Now because I add healthy food to my diet does not mean I will loose weight. I will have to use portion-control on the healthy food I eat. I can not over-indulge in food. Portion-control will be the biggest challenge for me to over come.
Adding healthy food to my diet will be a small obstacle for me. I have no idea what foods are “healthy”. It became a hassle to figure out what kind of foods I should eat. I had to put my reading glasses on and head towards the inter-web. I found millions and millions of articles that had some really great recipes for a healthy diet. I am planning to test these recipes out. I will probably make a few changes to make them taste better (while still keeping it healthy). It will be a slow process when I change my eating habits but it will be worth it.
STEP THREE: CHANGING A LIFESTYLE (PERSERVANCE IS THE KEY)
Once you are use to living a certain way, it’s hard to make a few changes. You can not change your lifestyle over night. It takes many small victories to win the war. You have to take it one step at a time.
Changing my way of living will be the toughest part of my journey to loose weight. I am a full time college student that works more then 40 hours a week. I do have free time once work is over, but I spend that free time playing video games or watching TV. Instead of watching television and playing video games, I can use that time to exercise. Even if I exercise 1 hour a day, it will bring me closer to my goal.
I will start exercising at least 1 hour everyday. I will either take my dogs out for a walk or visit the gym down the road. Whatever I decide to do will help me loose some weight. Once I start exercising, I will add 10 minutes more to the time every week. Eventually I will have 2 hours a day under my belt. Those two hours do not have to be back to back.
Wish me luck and let the MY JOURNEY BEGIN!