(Very) Slow and Steady... My goal is to commit, but to be patient with my body. To love myself NOW
Monday, May 16, 2016
I've been doing a lot of self reflection these days - and a lot of reading too.
I have realized that I have not been trying as hard as I thought I was - and, it will be extremely hard to lose the weight that I've gained over the past 8 years, so I need to just do my best every day and love myself now while looking forward to the results of my hard work in the future.
I am only weighing myself every few weeks - my plan is to lift a lot of weights. As a woman in her mid-forties, I have learned that we lose a sh*t-ton of muscle which screws with our metabolism... add the fact that hormones mess with our insulin response, and you've got an entirely new challenge for keeping at a healthy weight than when I was in my 30's.
I've learned that I need to cut carbs - not cut out, but cut down - and make sure that I'm eating whole carbs. This is because of the change in my insulin response now that my hormones have changed and can't take care of the extra sugar in high-carb foods. I'm tracking daily with SP, and adding an extra workout in on the weekends. I'm also not making myself do crazy workouts - I love walking workouts with Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith - a 5-mile walk with intervals is no joke! I'm not an "all or nothing" person - I do love to do a bunch of short workouts throughout the day, and I listen to my body. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do a (real) pushup.
I know there's been many debates about this, but I have stopped drinking tap water. I get the treated water in the grocery stores - and although many say that it's a rip off - I can honestly say that I feel much better since I've started drinking treated/filtered water... especially when drinking 8-10 glasses a day. (I got a bunch of jugs that I refill every week)
It's been 2 wks since I started committing to this new lifestyle. It took several months to finally come to this point too. I started with working out everyday - whether it was for just 10-15 minutes... then I made sure I did 30 minutes a day. Now I make sure I get 10,000+ steps and track my food. I aim for about 1600 calories a day - I'm not being hungry to lose weight fast - it doesn't work anyway. I need to do this for the rest of my life.
So - 2 wks later, I have lost about 1/2 a lb - not sure if that's because I went a day without drinking all that water or if I actually lost weight. I do find my clothes fitting a bit differently (in a good way), but my measurements aren't that different (yet). BUT - the heartburn I have had chronically for years is all but gone!! I'm not eating until I'm full anymore... everything is measured out - what a damn difference!
Anyway... this is my progress. I'm 182.4 lbs (as of yesterday) - my short-term goal is to get back in the 170's. Since it took 2 wks to lose 1/2 a lb... I'm hoping that I will be there in a few months. lol It's gonna be a long road!