It’s mid-February and I’m still going! It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve actually been on this journey since the start of October 2015. I’m not always very good at sticking with things. In fact, I’ve started weight loss journeys more times than I can count, but rarely made it past the first few days, let alone 4+ months. The past month has been my hardest yet. I’ve struggled a lot with temptations, lack of motivation and self-doubt, yet the weight still keeps coming off – and I even hit a HUGE milestone this week!
The truth is… I’ve been bored lately. Bored with food, bored with my options and not very creative with my varieties. For some reason, I’ve been having daily temptations to fall back into my old habits of grabbing a salty, crunch afternoon snack. I’ve slipped a few times too. In reality, they are still pretty good choices. I no longer have processed chips around the house, but I do keep healthier varieties around for the family like organic tortilla chips and a healthier version of corn nuts I found at Trader Joe’s (just 3 real ingredients: corn kernels, salt and palm oil). I find when I have either, I immediately go back to my binge tendencies and cannot just have one, or even a few. I have way too many. I do hope this tendency goes away at some point, but for now, it’s still very much still there and for that reason, I have to keep myself away. It takes discipline but I know I have it and just need to do it.
My evening sweet cravings come back often too, but thankfully I’ve done well at getting past it. I typically end up having a cup of tea, a bubbly flavored water, or just going to bed a bit early (yep, this actually works really well and gets me extra sleep too!). I have enjoyed dessert at restaurants a couple of times in the last month and have learned that this is okay and it doesn’t destroy my efforts! It’s been a great learning experience and lesson in moderation. You can enjoy an occasional dessert as long as you get back on track when you get home. You won’t gain weight from one dessert – it’s the day after day of consuming too much sugar and simple carbohydrates that packs on the weight.
I’ve noticed that the more organized I am with my meal planning, the better I do each day. Yes, it takes time to get organized and plan out the food needed for the week, but it’s worth it when you see the results. When I’ve been busy (or lazy), I tend to want to snack more. I also see my cravings increase. I think the lack of planning requires me to rely more on my own food ideas each moment of the day and that is hard for me. I am busy and I need quick meal ideas. Without planning, I have nothing pre-cooked and meals take time to make. But when I am prepared, I can warm up some previously roasted veggies and chicken quickly and have lunch in 5 minutes, instead of the typical 25 minutes it would take to cook this. It’s hard for me to find time on the weekends to prep a bunch of food, so I’ve found that cooking extra food at dinnertime helps me have plenty of already made leftovers for the next couple of days. For me, this works. And my husband ends up making better choices too because the leftovers available for lunch! (Bonus!)
I can’t say enough about how important it is to have someone to keep me accountable in this journey. For me, it’s my coach at my nutritionist’s office. Each week, I come in for a weigh-in and a quick consultation. Our appointments are pretty much the same each week: we go over my weigh in results, determine my current body fat percentage, determine my current hydration and do measurements once a week. She encourages me, gives me ideas and is someone who knows what this journey is like because she’s doing it herself. But best of all, she holds me accountable. When I am tempted to make a cheat or not do my daily exercises, I hear her voice and know I’ll have to answer to her the next week. It’s much harder to let someone else down than to let yourself down. It’s crucial to have someone beside you on a weight loss journey and I encourage you to find someone like this too!
Now for the updates…. as of this today, I have now lost 40 LBS and down 2 full clothing sizes. I’m actually able to shop in the ladies department now instead of plus size which is HUGELY exciting for me! It’s been over 8 yrs since I’ve been this weight and size. The last time was before I got pregnant with my 2nd daughter. I’ve continued to lose inches and body fat, plus my hydration is slowly increasing as my weight decreases. Each week when I weigh in, the high-tech scale predicts a healthy weight for me based on my height, body fat, structure, etc. I’m only 20 lbs away from that “healthy weight” number! I’m 2/3 of the way there! My goal right now is to hit that number and then we’ll determine where to go from there. Would you believe, that “healthy weight” is still about 30-35 lbs ABOVE what those charts that doctors offices use to determine your healthy weight?? Obviously, those charts don’t take into account other factors like your structure. I always felt like those charts were unrealistic for me, and I’m thrilled to know now that I wasn’t crazy. I’m tall and a large structure for a woman and if I weighed what those charts say I should, it would be really unhealthy.
I’m still posting lots of great tips in my Real Food Challenge group. We post recipes, share our daily meals/snacks and other interesting articles to get us making some changes. Let’s make changes together!
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Stay tuned next month to see how I’m doing!
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