It’s time for another weight loss update. If you missed before, here’s the run down. I hit my breaking point, I started trying to lose weight, I got really serious about my exercising and my food intake, and here I am.
I am really happy to share that I have lost 3 pounds since my starting weight. Since my last update, that is a healthy weight loss. Not an awesome or impressive weight loss, but it equates to about a pound a week. However, from the point I started I went up and have been coming back down. So I’ve lost 6 pounds total — but gained 3 before losing any. Yikes. It feels good to be actually losing weight now. I feel like I’m making steps in the right direction. And that definitely helps fuel the fire and keeps me going on my weight loss adventure.
A few things that have been helping me:
1. A food journal. So super important! I didn’t start doing this at first because I thought I knew what I was eating. But once I wasn’t losing weight, I started keeping a journal of what I was eating — and WOW! Since I started this is when I started losing weight. I always told patients and clients how important it was, but I am definitely learning for myself now.
2. Cutting out Coke. I love Coke. Confessions of a dietitian. I just do. I know it’s bad for me. I know all the stuff. But it’s sweet, sugary taste is my favorite. I cut it out and am just drinking Diet Coke. It’s not the same, but it’s 0 calories. I cannot lose weight while drinking an empty calorie beverage on a regular basis.
3. Making water taste better. I plan to expand on this one in a post soon. But drinking water is so important, and I like when it has good flavor.
4. Not being too strict. I don’t do well when on a super strict diet. That’s why I am always an advocate or having a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to dieting. Part of a healthy lifestyle for me means chocolate. I love chocolate, so if I deny myself of it, I go crazy catching up. I have to allow it in small amounts on a regular basis.
5. Pedometer. I’m wearing a pedometer as much as I can to track how much I’m moving. I’m aiming for 10,000 steps a day. Wearing a pedometer motivates me to keep moving and be less lazy. It also makes me appreciate chores like vacuuming — which can me to take lots of steps!
I will touch up on some of these things in more detail to come. Just happy to see changes happening in my body. I feel so much better, my muscles are getting stronger, and I am a much healthier person now than I was 2 1/2 months ago. And that’s the whole idea!
Hope you’re having a good week and it’s going by quickly — can’t believe it’s Thursday already!