10 pounds! That’s a mile stone, but I’m hesitant to post about it. I’ve been trying to understand why I’m so fearful about posting about something I’m so excited about. I think it’s because I don’t trust myself and if I gain it all back, it’ll be out there that at one time I actually lost it. Anyway, on to the fun stuff.
At the beginning of the year Zach and I began a quest to lose weight – 10% by Zach’s graduation (May 7th). Zach and I are not very good about watching what we eat or how much we eat, so in the past we’d be good for a day or two and then, oops, we went out to eat and spoiled the whole thing. This is why I’ve gained 20 pounds in the seven years we’ve been married! And when we got married I was trying to lose weight, about 10-15 pounds – yikes!
It’s been a bit of a mind game, as I switched scales in February and learned that the scale I was using was actually weighing me as less than I was. By testing various objects and various scales, we learned it was about 4-5 pounds off, so when I switched I’d lost about 5 pounds, but felt like I was right back at square one. How depressing is that! For several weeks I had to use the old-faulty scale and the new accurate one. And for the record, both were old, one is a digital scale whose battery had died years ago and the other one was an industrial shipping scale that seems to become more inaccurate the more weight you add to it.
Anyway, I’m happy to announce that I’m currently 10 pounds lighter than I was at the beginning of the year. I weigh less than when I got pregnant with Isaac, before that I didn’t really weigh myself, so between getting married and having a kid I gained 15 pounds, but don’t know when exactly it happened. My clothes fit better, I can feel my ribs and I can see a difference in my face. That is great motivation to keep going, especially with all the nice weather and the prospect of wearing cute summer clothes.
So, what has worked this time around. I’ve been good about taking my vitamin daily (I have a two-year-old that yells at me if I don’t), I drink my eight ounces of water, I eating breakfast every morning (a huge change for me) and I’ve cut all my portions in half. I’ve been writing everything down in my daily planner, just so I’m not sticking just anything in my mouth. And most importantly, I’ve given my self the ability to have yummy things without the guilt – a couple of bites of ice cream, a few Reese’s minis, a homemade cookie or a glass of chocolate milk are all acceptable at the end of the day.
Now, you’d think I’d be hungry by cutting my portions in half, but in reality, I haven’t been. I have the occasional day where I’m starving and I get some fruit or veggies and everything is okay.
I will log my food into SparkPeople every couple of days and I’m generally falling right in the my allotment of calories, protein and fat, so at least I know I’m not starving myself.
Today, I decided to take some photos of myself – I didn’t set out to do it, but after I was already for the day and Isaac was happily playing and Zach was otherwise occupied, it seemed like a good thing to do for documentation:
- I was excited by my weight this morning
- I was wearing one of of my favorite shirts.
- Instead of putting my hair in a bun, I dried it this morning.
- My hair is longer than I think it has ever been and I need proof.
- I needed a new profile photo for facebook.
All great reasons, right?
In case you are wondering, Zach has lost close to 15 pounds, which puts us both within 5 pounds of our “May 7th” goal – totally doable. After that I’d like to lose another 10 pounds and work on getting Zach into a healthier BMI, but we’ll see where we are then and re-assess.