15Jan16 So far so good
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Let me back track a bit. In 2014, I became more active on SP and really started tracking what I was doing and eating. I lost 50 pounds. I went thru the Holiday season not really worrying about anything, I wanted to enjoy. And enjoy I did... gained 14 pounds from Oct to March.
That's ok. In 2015 I wanted to maintain where I was. I didn't like that I gained back, but that was my fault and I wasn't going to let it get me down. Instead, I chose to take the year to see if I could maintain where I was. And maintain I did. Okay, now I know that I can lose weight, and I can maintain. I was able to enjoy and not go overboard.
So for 2016, I choose to lose the 14 I gained as well as another 50 pounds. That sounds like a lot, but I am up for the challenge. So for this year, I have done 3 things to accomplish this.
CUT OUT SUGAR AND FRIED FOODS. Now, this doesn't mean that I am cutting out ALL sugar. I stopped the cookies, cake, brownies, candy, gum, milkshakes, ice cream, etc. My yogurt does have some sugar in it, but the protein I get out weighs the sugar, so I eat my yogurt. I drink Vanilla Almond Milk. There's sugar in it, but I drink my milk. So no, not all sugar is gone, but the junk food is. No french fries, onion rings, cheese sticks, etc. And it will be difficult during the Super Bowl party, but I am determined to power thru. I do have a few Pita chips with my Hummus, so other than that, I've been on the straight and narrow.
WALK! i am getting at least 10,000 steps a day. This, at first, I was worried about. I am up at 4am and usually on the treadmill. I was getting bored with it and started thinking. Basically, the treadmill is walking in place. AHA! So though I am still up at 4am, I am walking around the house in the morning. I walk in place as I watch the news/weather first thing in the morning. I am walking in place as I brush my teeth and wash my face. I am stepping as I'm next to the stove fixing my eggs for breakfast and around my kitchen as I pack my lunchbag for lunch and snacks. I have an island in the kitchen and I only go one way around as I get ready. So, even though my lunch bag is a step to the left, I walk around the kitchen and get 12 steps in going to the right. Seems like little things, but it does add up. I am also on the phone a lot for walk. I get up and walk in place at my desk, or around my chair. Anything to get moving.
Lastly, EXERCISE. All that walking I do, if you do it long enough, it counts as exercise. My Spark tracker says if you do at least 10 minutes, it counts it as exercise. So, I do at least 10 minutes before I stop. I usually get anywhere from 20-40 minutes in the morning as I get ready. While at work, I've gone as long as 45 minutes on hold and I was stepping/walking the entire time. I also have a 3 pound weight at work and will do arm exercises as well. I do wall sits, squats and wall push-ups as well. All of this works your body, gets you moving in an otherwise stagnant job and gets you the exercise minutes. I get a minimum of 2 hours of exercise a day.
So, with all this in mind, for 2016, so far so good. No sugar, 10,000 steps each day and 2 hours of exercise each day, for 15 days straight. And for day 16, I already have my 2 hours of exercise, over 8,000 steps and already have my food planned out for the day on my tracker... no sugar or junk food and am within my calorie limit. So for 2016, so far so good.