Amazingly, I'm still on my weight loss journey. I typically have given up by now. Ya wanna know why? 'Cause it's damn hard! It's hard mentally & I get frustrated. And, this round I totally see why I've given up in the past. I'm doing the best I can, have stuck with it & still have un-amazing results to show for it. In the past, I'd try for a few days, have little or no weight loss, get ticked off & give up. I must finally be ready to put forth the real effort this time.
I don't have many changes to my routine since my last check-in at Week 3, but at least I'm still sticking with something.
|The red line is my calorie goal of 1200. It is almost impossible for me to eat only 1200 calories. So, most days I do a little exercise to make up for the extra calorie intake.|
I haven't been depriving myself of too many foods, I've mostly been watching my calorie intake. I'm using My Fitness Pal to record all my foods & it has really helped a lot. I try to update it after every meal so I can see where I stand for the rest of the day.
Recording my calories is another good motivation for keeping the soda away. I just don't have enough spare calories to waste on soda.
I'm really irritated with the amount of calories in one slice of pizza. Come on! This girl loves pizza.
|Last weekend we had over a foot of snow & went sledding both Saturday & Sunday. I counted that as my exercise for those days. It was a workout walking up this hill a kazillion times.|
|Calories consumed minus calories burned = net calories. Most days I have stayed right around 1200. Awesome. I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing.|
Now, what has all this eating & exercising done to the scale?
As uncomfortable as I am sharing such personal things, this is really a great way for me to see this as the journey that it is. I can focus on the results of the last 3 weeks, not just worry about the daily grind.
Week 3: -5.2
Week 6: -3.4
Total: -8.6 pounds
These were the goals I set for myself at the beginning of this journey & how I've been doing so far.
Short Term Goals:
• Lose 5 pounds each month for three months, for a total of 15 pounds. [I'm on my way. I'm about half way there. As I said last time, I have fluctuated between the same 5 pounds for the last 2 years. So, I have a hard time being excited about the first 5 pounds lost. I feel like if it wasn't for the holidays I wouldn't have been at the top of those 5 pounds when I started. But, the 3.6 pounds after those 5 are all from my efforts in trying to make this lifestyle change.]
• Make soda a rare treat, not an everyday drink. [2 months ago I was drinking a couple sodas everyday. 3 weeks ago when I posted my results I mentioned that number went down to a couple a week. Now, I'm down to about 1 a week. Awesome!]
• Run 3-4 times every week [Still been doing this. Yay!]
• Work up to doing 5 push ups. [Still haven't even tried working on this.]
This is tough, but will be worth it as long as I can stick with it.