So I think that things finally started clicking this past week! Most days I was within my calorie limit, and even when I wasn’t, I was aware of what I was doing. My weight is down…of course, it jumped up the week before, so I’m not way down from where I was when I last posted. But I’m still less. Today I was at 228.8.
I sat down this morning and reset my goals on SparkPeople. Rather than trying to go month by month, I decided to set a specific, meaningful date to aim for and set a weight goal based on that. For my first goal, I chose the first day of the 2011-2012 school year, which is August 25. Based on that date, a healthy weight for me to reach by that point is 202 pounds. I can’t wait! I know that at first I may lose more than two pounds a week because that tends to happen. But I am guessing it’ll even out at some point because it usually does.
So what has changed this week? The first thing is that I have been turning to God more, which is always a good idea in any situation. I have asked him to really help me because I know that I am weak and give up easily on my own. I have proven that over and over. With His help this week, I have eaten less over the past week and lost several pounds. Today I exercised, and it was great! I know that I need to build consistency when it comes to exercise, so this is what I’m really going to focus on now. Usually when I exercise regularly, my eating falls into place, and I lose weight faster. An average of half a pound in two weeks and going up and down several pounds at a time just isn’t going to be good enough.
I also had an idea this week that if it doesn’t always work, it will help for the time being. A few days ago at school, a couple of my girls wanted to paint my nails with white out during homeroom. I, of course, let them. For the rest of the day, my fingernails were white and kept catching my eye. Throughout the day, an idea started brewing. If I get some nail polish that stands out or something, and keep my nails painted, maybe that would help me remember to stick with my healthy plans more often. After some thinking, I decided on two colors… Blue, which is one of our school colors, to remind me that I want to lose the weight I have gained while working there. The logical choice for the other color would be purple, because that was one of the school colors at the university I worked at before that. However, I hated working there, and any reminders of that place make me want to eat and eat and eat…that’s why I gained over 30 pounds in the two years I was there. So instead I got green to represent the college that I went to. I would love to be at my college weight again! Which part? Any of it from the seven years I was there! I was around 180 when I left there with my Masters, and my lowest was probably 125-130. (A lot of the weight gain the last few years was probably due to the beer and other drinks I consumed!) So the green is to remind me that I can, and will, be at my college weight again. I just painted them for the first time last night, so I can’t yet say how well it will work, but it’s worth a try. I went with green this first time because I look so forward to heading up to my alma mater this time of year. I don’t know how often I’ll change colors or if I’ll add more colors into the mix…we’ll just have to wait and see. My first big test will be this evening because some of my friends and I are having a cook out…I have already put what I plan to eat in my tracker to make sure it fits within my calories to help out a little. But it’s always harder once I’m in the situation and having a good time with my friends.
Today I signed up for a challenge in June that one of my SparkTeams is doing. It’s a pedometer challenge. In the first seven days, I will have to walk at least 2,500 steps per day. That should not be a problem for me at all as I usually get at least 4,000 steps a day and usually more. The next seven days will be at least 5,000 steps per day. That is around what I get now, so it shouldn’t be too hard to do. (I am okay with the first two weeks not being a huge challenge because I will be finishing up the school year then and will need to be focused elsewhere as well.) The next seven days I need to aim for 7,500 steps, and the last seven days, I need to be getting in 10,000 steps per day. Since that is when my vacation technically starts, it’ll be good to have a specific goal already set. Without that, I would probably do what I normally do and keep saying I’ll start the next day and all of a sudden it’s time for the next school year to start. Not this year! Being part of this challenge will also help me to get a really good start on the couch to 5K program that I keep trying to start but the struggle with. Since I will be on vacation, I won’t have a very good excuse to not be doing it.
One last thing I have decided to do is find a picture of me looking great in college. I’ll then set it as the picture on my phone as an added reminder of what I will look like at the end of my journey.
I am feeling really good about the path I am on and the goals I have set. I can’t wait to report the outstanding results!