Planning The Year
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The first time I made a real effort to lose weight, I didn't track anything. I just started going to the gym regularly and eating 'better' for whatever definition of better I knew at the time. It was slow, but it worked. I think it partially worked because I was SO big my body was ready and it was easy (relatively speaking) to drop pounds.
Then I learned more about nutrition and exercise and I do more and eat better now than I ever would have imagined back then. And I do know what works and what doesn't even though I'm older now and my metabolism just points at me and laughs sometimes.
What works, for me, is determination and consciousness. What I mean is constantly -- and I do mean CONSTANTLY -- reminding myself of what I'm doing and why I'm doing it and acting accordingly. Not giving into whatever unhealthy whim I have, not eating mindlessly, and not half-assing what I'm doing.
What works is sticking to a lower carb (not low-carb), higher protein (not high protein) diet that's under about 1500 calories per day, and exercising religiously.
I am not one of those people who can just 'diet' until she loses 10 pounds and then go back to normal. This is a lifetime commitment for me to eat well and move well. Genetics have guaranteed this lifelong battle.
So that's where I am now. Tracking and planning and DETERMINING that I have to CONSCIOUSLY get this weight off. I'm one month and 8 pounds in. Just like the first time, it will be slow. But when I look back now at 15ish years ago when I lost all that weight, even though it took a solid 2 years to go from a size 22 to a size 12, now in hindsight it seems like it went by fast. Because it was steady.
I can do steady.
I was playing with the numbers and started mapping them to events I have going on.
September - company meeting
October - friend's Halloween party (cute costume!)
November - might be in Fiji (bathing suits!)
December - Christmas and family
January - Mexico trip (more bathing suits!)
So I have weight milestones for each of these things now, based on my current progression of about 2 pounds per week with some stall weeks planned because I know how my body works. This rate will probably slow down despite the stall weeks, so this is most likely a bit overambitious. But go big or go home, right???
First milestone: Getting back into the top end of what I usually call my normal range. By Halloween, I'll be at the low end. By Christmas, I'll have a new normal.
That's the plan! I like these little mini-milestones. I can do anything for one single month.
Track. Train. Trim. :)