I woke up this morning, a little excited and a little downcast, knowing that this is my first official weigh-in after going out on a limb and deciding to let the world (world as in the few who actually read this) in on my goal of getting healthy and losing weight and trying to live up to it. Downcast because like any OCD dieter, I’ve been weighing myself every morning, naked and after using the bathroom of course, and knew that the weight loss was not going to be as impressive as I wanted it to be. But excited because despite the number I knew was coming, it was still a loss and I was hoping it might be just a little bit more after 24 hours since I last weighed myself. OK, it was more like 8 hours. And it was, by just enough to make me happy.
I started at 175 and today I weighed in at 171.8. I usually lose 5 pounds the first week of a diet, but I’m still pretty happy with 3.2. I’m not doing anything too drastic like I have in the past, which may be why I didn’t lose more, but I can live with that because I’m no longer changing the way I eat temporarily, “just until I look OK.” That kind of thinking is what caused the yo-yo dieting in the first place and I want to go slower and steadier with normal foods so that I don’t go back into that all-or-nothing mentality that would eventually cause me to binge and blow back up.
Yes, I will eat bacon & cheese & cake, but I will also eat broccoli & beans & mangos. I think it’s a bit faulty to think you have to eat fat-free, carb-free, sugar-free, meat-free, etc. in order to lose weight. I’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s more about balance. I know from experience that I’ll lose weight eating fat-free, carb-free, sugar-free, meat-free, etc. but I also know that at some point, I’m going to mentally revolt against the restrictions and I will purposefully eat as unhealthily as possible for a long time just to get myself back for the perceived punishment.
Oh, I have a confession to make. Part of that weight loss is my hair because I got it cut (& colored) for the first time in six months, but I swear I didn’t do it to tip the scale in my favor! It was long overdue. I doubt several inches of my ultra-fine hair would weigh but a few ounces anyway so count me as having lost 3 pounds if you like. I’m still happy.
This week’s successes:
Lost 3.2 lbs.
No diet pop!
Ate at least 3 servings of veggies a day (up from 0-1)
Didn’t have any dessert and didn’t want any after day three!
Tracked my calories daily on sparkpeople.com
Drank at least 8 glasses of water each day
Goals for next week:
Do an aerobic activity at least three times, at least 30 minutes each.
Do strength training at least twice.
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
Make a yummy, naturally sweetened snack for emergencies (lows & breakfast on the go).
God for being my rock and helping me make smart food choices.
You for reading, encouraging and supporting me.