When I joined SparkPeople in February 2008, I weighed 155 pounds. In the first week here, I lost four pounds. That should have made me a convert. Instead, I took another fork in the road to the couch and late night snack binging to bring my weight up to 170 pounds.
I'm tall: 5'8", and I'm used to being a thin adult. In my 20's, I weighed in the 120's, in my 30's, the 130's, in my 40's, the 140's, etc. You see the pattern here, and I could see my future weigh-ins.
When I started 8 Week Battle #8, I weighed 165 pounds. I set my goal weight for this Battle at 160, because I had no confidence in my ability to lose weight. Lo and behold! I met my goal weight in week 5, and I'm now in the 150's, the final number to be posted on Monday.
So far, in this battle I have:
Drunk 8 cups of water every day but one.
Eaten more fruits and vegetables.
Eaten more chicken and fish and not as much beef.
Severely limited my intake of bread and white potatoes.
Substituted sweet potatoes--which taste better anyway--for white potatoes.
Limited alcohol to one or two glasses of white wine when out with friends.
Done two 5K walks with my husband.
Gone from zero exercise to outdoor walks
Logged my food and exercise daily.
Worked to eliminate late night snack binging.
I've failed to:
Plan my meals daily or weekly
Eat within my calorie range. I'm usually under it.
Plan how and where to get cardio done indoors when the weather changed from pleasant (70's) to hot (90's) in May.
I haven't done everything consistently and perfectly--as if I could--and I've still lost weight with the changes I've made in my lifestyle. To paraphrase Robert Frost, there a miles to go before I reach my weight and lifestyle goals. Actually, it isn't the goal so much as it is the journey, isn't it? So I journey on, looking forward to the next Battle.