I got on the scale yesterday. On January 6th I weighed in at 198.6 pounds. Yesterday I weighed in at 194! I have been fairly consistent in recording my food in my journal. I have worked out 3-4 days a week. I don't feel like I have been going gang busters on anything. In the past (see last year), I have tried to exercise everyday, taking 2 classes a day on some days. I've dropped 10 pounds quickly and then maintained. All the while trying to find a way of life that I can do for the rest of my life.
Well, two classes a day just is not manageable (not with a preschooler in the house). I know I can't handle "diet" food long term. Don't ask me to eat tofu or other strange foods. I am willing to try new things, many will be added to my diet occasionally. But I need a way to eat healthy and include treats. I have found keeping my calories under 1866 daily and working out 3-4 days a week seems to work. I didn't put this weight on overnight, it isn't going to come off that way.
My monthly goals really seem to be keeping me motivated. Each month is something new. I am looking forward to running my 5k on February 28th. I've registered for a tri on July 9th and the Iron Girl du on September 25th. I am contemplating adding two additional dus, one in May and one in August. Some days, I really begin to wonder who I am.
I have never been this physically active in my whole life. Last year I participated in a 10k, 2 5ks and the Du in September. This year I am thinking of doing more?
This morning as I was putting my contacts in, I looked in the mirror and thought who's that skinny girl looking back at me. Now I know I have a long way to go. But I have come so very far. And I can't believe how good I am looking.
I know my December goal says to weigh 175 by 12/31/11, but I really am working on weighing 159 by 12/31/11. That will put me in the healthy BMI category. Ok I said it. Now I will change my notebook to officially read 159. I wanted 175 so that I could feel good at the end year about any weight loss. I knew I could work hard and hit 175 quickly this spring then maintain for the year. And I would still feel good about that. But I would be ecstatic if I hit 159! So why not reach for the moon! And the 4.6 pound weight loss puts my right on target. I need to lose 3.3 pounds a month to hit 159 by the end of the year.
My scale is now put away. I know I said I wouldn't get back on it until my tri. But I think I will weigh in each month on the 1st. I do need to track how I am doing for my goal. So that if need be I can adjust my calorie consumption.