Looking back at June and on to July

Monday, June 29, 2009

June went by way too fast, and I was less than dedicated to my weight loss efforts. Oh, don't get me wrong, I exercised and ate well most of the time, but it turned out that my "off" days came way more often than my "on" days. Every day I try to sit down and think about what I did well and what I could have done better. On the days I do well with both food and exercise, I put a stupid little elementary school teacher's sticker on my calendar that says something like, "Super Job." As I look at my calendar for the last 29 days, I see way too many days without stickers. Usually, that means I ate more than my 1500 calories or exercised less than half an hour. My goal for exercise is at least 50 minutes a day.

I start a new job, officially, on Wednesday. Unofficially, I started doing things this month. It's going to be really important to me to stay focused on my health and exercise goals or else the stress of work is likely to throw me way off track. Luckily, I have great friends, both at work and here, that will help me keep on track and remember to balance.

I put my scale away during June. I don't expect that my weigh in on Wednesday will put me into the 150's as I had hoped. I really ate and exercised enough to maintain my current weight, but probably not enough to lose. I think some of that is the knowledge that I'm relatively happy at the weight I'm at. I know I'm still overweight, and I need to work on it, but this is about where I was for my wedding, and I felt pretty good then. Strength training and exercise is giving me pride in the muscles in my arms and legs. I'm enjoying the exercise. Now I just have to be more mindful of food on a daily basis. Snacking after supper has added a few hundred calories to my days that I simply don't need, and weekends have been terrible. My choices are mostly healthy, but it's just too much food if I want to actually lose.

My plan for July is as follows:
* Do well enough to put a sticker on the calendar at least 6 days a week
* No eating after 8, unless I don't leave work until 7 or later
* Alcohol only on weekends. Alcohol is NOT stress relief. EXERCISE is stress relief.
* When I go to Chicago: pack healthy breakfast and snacks; walk a ton; take advantage of the hotel gym every day; have one nice meal a day and two small ones; allow myself one big meal out, but only ONE.

Outcomes: I learned a long time ago to make my goals behavioral, not scale-oriented. I would love to move well into the 150's in July, but I won't beat myself up if the scale continues to stagnate. I want to have stickers on at least 25 days next month.

Reward: If I have stickers on 25 out of 31 days in July (or if I weigh 155, whichever comes first), I can start looking for a new car. If I don't have that many stickers in July, I have to start over in August.
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