During the month of July I lost 5.8 pounds. I have to fight not to say "only 5.8 pounds" because until recently I thought I could realistically lose 3 or more pounds a week. That doesn't account for the occasional upswing and it really isn't realistic. I read an inspirational story of another Spark member that was maintaining. She said it was hard for her to stop losing weight and it started me thinking. I always think in the shower. I wondered if I would have that problem, then it occurred to me, I'm not dieting...really. I want to be healthier, so I don't think it will happen to me. Eventually, as my health improves, my body will find it's own happy spot. I'm not dieting. I said that twice, do you think if I say it again, I might believe it? Some days, it sure feels like a diet. But all it really is, is not eating Cheez-Its out of the box, not getting emotional and going for the Cheez-Its....eating a healthy meal of an appropriate size and exercise, you have to make the time for it.
This month, I have not seen a great loss on the scale, but there is a loss. If I keep it up, in 6 months from now, I can be 40 pounds closer to a healthy weight instead of calculating how much weight "I could have lost if I stuck with it." There are small changes in my body, the kind only I can see. But mainly, there is a change in my mind. I have a different attitude and I feel differently. I even lost weight on vacation! Of course, there have been set backs, but I got on the scale this morning and it finally said 192. For kicks, I got on it again and again through the morning and it eventually read 191.8.
In total, I have lost 14.4 pounds and have been realatively consistent ever since 6/17/08. In my mind I am successful. What I think has made me successful so far is tracking my food. I write it all down, whether my calories shoot up to a binge baring 3000 calories or I've starved myself to the tune of 800 calories. I try to drink a gallon jug of water each day. Half of it is not an option, but I normally consume a gallon of water a day. I weigh myself daily. I have a healthy relationship with my scale. I am okay with an increase on the scale, a reasonable one, but consecutive increases cause me to evaluate my recent habits....which has been a HUGE tool for me.
Of course, I have some challenges. Exercise. I am inherently lazy. I have forced myself to get to Curves, but I only average twice a week. I don't do my strength exersizes as much as I should and I NEED to get back on the treadmill.
Hopefully my August update has a new pant size included!