I'm long overdue for an update.
Drum roll please...
I am down about 45 pounds now. I say “about” because weight loss for me is
not a straight line. (Also, my scale gives me 5 different readings when I step
on it 10 times. I try to average what I think is correct.)
So far this year, I have lost 27 pounds, which is about .6 pounds
a week, or about 2.25 pounds per month. That amount of weight loss can be
hard to see when our bodies change so much from day to day. A late meal,
or even my state of hydration, can overshadow .6 pounds per week weight
But the amount of loss is better than my previous two years
combined: just 11 pounds for all of 2013, and only 7
pounds for all of 2012.
And even better, my weight loss has been cumulative,
and 27 + 11 + 7 still adds up to 45 pounds lost, whether I did it in one
year or three.
So how did I do it? Well, I've changed a lot since my last weight
report. I started by making a lot of little changes:
1. I have learned to be patient with myself.
I record just the lower numbers
as I lose weight. I look at these numbers as stepping stones and milestones. I
do not stress that the scale goes up again the next day: it will continue to go
2. I've been changing the way I look at food.
Food is fuel for my body. Of course we all know that at some level. But
reminding myself of that makes me make better choices.
Food is not comfort, nor is it a reward. Those two ideas are harder to
accept, but accepting those ideas helps me to avoid temptations.
When I have a treat, I try to limit it to one serving. I don't accept
giveaways. I went to choir last week, and one of the nuns offered me a donut.
In the past, I would have had one (or two). Many places have a bowl of candy
available, I have been really trying to just pass it by.
3. I've been changing the way I eat.
I put smaller portions on my plate; I take smaller bites; I eat more slowly.
4. I've been changing what I eat.
I make better choices. I've been eating lots more fresh fruit and veggies. I've been eating a lot less carbs.
Breakfast is yogurt and
fruit, rather than a bowl of cereal.
When there are choices, I avoid bread, pasta, rice, and pizza, by having a very small serving or no serving.
5. I've been changing the way I cook meals.
I try to serve meals with protein plus lots of veggies. I try not to serve carbs at all.
However, my family still loves their carbs. So if supper is
carb-heavy, I make adjustments for myself. Pasta & sausages for them
becomes just a small serving of pasta, a sausage, but a large salad or lots of
cherry tomatoes. Veggie subs, becomes just the veggies (similar to Subway's
"sub in a tub"). On pizza nights, I'll eat just one slice, or even better, just one half slice of
pizza, and fill up on cherry tomatoes.
6. I've been changing the way I buy groceries.
I have been buying so much more fresh fruit and veggies, and simple
I buy less food at a time but shop more often so that the perishable foods stay fresh. I'll get just 1 gallon milk, and one container each of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Then I'll get more of the same later in the week.
I buy much less prepared foods, and I don't buy junk food.
I stopped buying
our favorite treats: ice cream, cookies, chocolate, and butter cookies. I
didn't go back to the stores on November 1 to buy candy on sale. I find that all of us eat less junk food when it's not in the house.
7. I changed the way I looked at exercising.
Exercising is not a chore.
Exercising makes me stronger. Every time I exercise, I am a winner. I have been using step counters, and my daily steps have been increasing steadily for the last 3 years. I've been walking the dog more often, and for longer walks.
8. I started a training program.
I'm doing Couch to 5K by RunDouble. Theoretically, a person
can go from being a couch potato to running a 5K race in just 9 weeks. I took
me close to a year to run the distance of 5K.
I was doing well with the running. I got up to 3.5 miles in a run, and I was
running 3 to 6 times a week. But we had some illnesses, I had the craft fair,
and it has gotten real cold. I jog while I walk the dog, and he tries to keep
up. I also jog in place when he stops. Maybe I can interest my girls in doing
some "just Dance" on the Wii with me. I need to figure how to
incorporate exercise when the weather is bad, or someone is sick, or I'm too
I am happy to see that 45 pounds lost is getting some more milestones
for me. I have achieved more than 68% of my weight loss goal, and I am more
than 23% lighter overall than when I started. I started at a BMI of 34%, which
is in the middle of Obese, I now have a BMI of 29%, which is the lower end of
Overweight. Just 10 more pounds will get me to 24%, and the upper range of
Healthy. My goal is another 10 pounds down from there, at 22%.
My clothes are all loose. I look better. I feel much better. The other day,
I took Pink Ballerina shopping for a dress for a formal. While we
were there, I bought myself some two new concert black dresses (from the
clearance section, each dress was only $14.99). They both are classic styles
and they look great on me.
I also have more energy. On our way out of the mall, we passed a Toys R Us
with a floor piano on display. Lots of people were walking on it, but just
hitting random notes. I went on it, jumped around, and played Chop Sticks. Pink
Ballerina was embarrassed, but a woman came up to me and said it sounded great.
All the way home I kept saying, “I played Chop Sticks, on a floor piano!” (For
Whovians, I used the voice of the 11th Doctor, when he said
“Dinosaurs, on a space ship!”)
Many people are noticing either that I look great or that I’ve lost a lot of
weight. A man from church stopped me in the grocery. He couldn’t place me. I
told him we go to the same church. “Oh, you’ve lost a lot of weight!” Debbie
from choir says “you look smaller and smaller, even smaller than you did last
week.” I said “that’s because I’m still losing weight.” Liz just calls me “the
incredible shrinking woman.” Hubby keeps saying how beautiful I am. With
encouragement like that, I want to keep going.