Looking at the numbers…
I have lost 18 pounds since November 26, 2013. That’s 48 days or so… This time of year is tough to navigate, but not impossible, and trust me, I did my share of indulging. The key is to be consistent. Be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking and work out.
My goals are to eat under 1900 calories a day (with some other metrics inside that number), drink at least 64 oz of water, and work out 30 minutes each day. I don’t hit those numbers 100% of the time, but they are on my mind and that is helping me reign in the bad days. Also I’m tracking food by hand in a journal and that act reinforces each choice.
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Haven’t posted in awhile…
But I’m down 12 pounds in the last 2 weeks! I’ve been moving the body, but mostly I’ve been tracking what I eat and keeping it in check. That will be how I get it done. 80/20…
Life is hard.
I’ve been away, and usually that means I’ve been struggling. This time is no different. There are always reasons why, sometimes they are easy to identify and sometimes they aren’t. I lost around 10 pounds in October and was starting to hit stride. Unfortunately, my wife got sick around the 3rd week of October and we finally found out what was wrong this past weekend. It was scary and stressful, but fortunately it turned out to be a parasite that no one thought she could possibly have, so they didn’t test for it…until they did as a sort of last resort. :) Bottom line…she’s better and can actually eat and keep food in her system.
I am the type of person who internalizes stress, so when she was out of commission I just picked up the slack as best I could. The result of that however, was that I dropped working out regularly and started eating poorly. I didn’t even realize it right away, but my crutch is food and I was leaning heavily on it. As things start to normalize again, I realized how far I’ve spun out…I am not in despair however! I’m motivated to wright the ship once again and keep on the journey to wellness. I will be taking steps in the next week to build an accountability structure that is a little more difficult to shrug off. My wife said something yesterday that resonated. I was saying that I didn’t think I could track calories or keep track of what I ate during the day. She asked if I was trying to lose weight the lazy way…I was a little offended initially, but then she elaborated…this is hard. Life is hard…but what is harder. Writing down what you eat in a day or being unhappy and unhealthy and miserable because you’re overweight?
It comes down to where you want to put your effort or misery. How hard is it to actually measure and record what you’re putting in your body? For me, it’s not easy…I’ve proven that a lot. Would I trade that “misery” for the way I feel physically or when I look in a mirror or when I have to buy a new shirt? Yes.