Challenge time! 54 pounds (or more!) in 8 months...can it be done?!
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I suppose only time will tell!
Dropping 54 pounds in 8 months would bring me to 130 pounds by the very end of November 2014. It would be incredible to ring in the New Year, a completely new person. But it's a huge number. And that's overwhelming. When I get overwhelmed I shut down, and shutting down is what led me to hating what I see in the mirror every day.
If I had a patient tell me that they were unhappy with their weight, I'd tell them to forget the scale and to focus on the AMAZING things their bodies do every day for them. To forget that number and to think about how awesome they felt being able to do things like walk their dog, or go to a yoga class... if I can tell my patients this stuff, why is it so hard for me to listen to my own advice?!
That means it's time to break it down. 54lbs is HUGE. That's approximately what my 8 year old daughter weighs. It's two bags of dog food. (No wonder my knees hurt going up and down the stairs!) But you know what's not huge? The math. 54 pounds in 8 months is 6.7 pounds a month. That's a bit unrealistic to look at it that way, because if I say I want to lose 6.7 pounds in four weeks, and I only lose 2...that's setting myself up to beat myself up. SO. 6.7 pounds a month is 1.6 pounds a week. MUCH BETTER! I can do that. and if I only lose .5 pounds in a week, that's still progress! In all honesty, 2 pounds in a month is progress too, but .5 is closer to 1.6 than 2 is to 6.7 so it's a little easier to swallow.
How to get there? This is where I struggle. I work 3pm-11:30pm and am off Wednesday and Thursdays. I am exhausted. Seriously, I get home and sleep til 10am most mornings. Is that healthy? Probably not. Morning is not my time of day. And I'm too embarrassed to go to a gym again (that's a story that I've shared before). How do I get there? By working on things I can control. I can't always control when I have dinner at work, but I can pack my food. I can't control having soda shoved in my face, but I can pick water instead. I can write down what I eat.
Goals for the week of March 9-15, 2014:
Log into, and utilize SP every day.
Pack lunches for work. Avoid eating in the cafeteria.
Write down what I eat, no matter how 'bad' it is.
Swap out my *daily* DD iced coffee for tea at home. (This will also help save a lot of money over the course of a month). Aim for coffee 2x this week only.
Gotta work on developing realistic rewards for things!