As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on getting back on track after a healthy eating and workout hiatus that happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. I started a few weeks ago just trying to make better choices, but the scale was telling me that I could be doing more (so did a few photos that I saw of me). After a few days of outlining a plan and trying to figure out what to do next so I can be successful, and I have decided to try Weight Watchers again.
I did it in college to lose about 20 pounds, and I know that I can do it again (except, this time, to keep going and lose 31 pounds). While it is frustrating that I have gained all that weight back, I know that this is just part of life and I’d rather look toward the future instead of beating myself up over what has happened in the past.
Believing in The Change
One of the biggest challenges is simply believing that it can be done. First, I was in denial that I had gained that much weight, and second, once I was weighed officially at my first meeting last night, that I could (and even needed to) lose 31 pounds. I just don’t see myself as a person that needs to lose 31 pounds. However, the numbers simply don’t lie, and I need to lose at minimum 16 pounds to be at the highest recommended weight for my height. The remaining 15 pounds would still put me 15 pounds above my lowest recommended weight, so it’s not unrealistic. But for someone who hasn’t weighed that for almost ten years, it will seems almost unbelievable.
However, at the meeting last night, with the numbers in front of me, I realized that it was achievable. And I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish.
What I’m Doing Differently
Besides obviously eating better overall, I’m also going to start eating a lot more fruits and veggies (especially since they are 0 points) and working out more regularly. As I mentioned earlier this week, one of my new year’s resolutions is to work out 4 days per week, and I’ve been accomplishing that goal. I want to keep at that, just increasing the intensity and possibly frequency of my workouts. Could I do 5 workouts a week? I think I could. I like exercising, so I should make it more of a priority.
One change I’m making is my gym. I cancelled my gym membership because it is 20 minutes away from me and there are gyms that are closer. I LOVE my gym, but turns out, I am too lazy to drive 40 minutes round trip. I’m going to be checking out a gym much closer to me in the next few days and might look into joining the new community center that is opening up in my town.
These new changes are making me hopeful in the possibilities that lie ahead. If I lose an average of two pounds per week, I could hit my goal weight in about four months. Knowing that this is possible alone gives me extra motivation. I will keep an update of the process here.
What have you done lately to make a positive change in your life?