Ooh, ooh—me, me!!
For those of you who’ve been around for a while, you know that I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in the past two or three years that I’ve been doing this blog. And recently, I’ve been much more up (weight wise) than down.
Last time I checked in (in February), I was down to 277. Unfortunately, I’ve been in a really bad head-space since then, between deadlines, financial issues, and the onset of hot weather which always makes me miserable. So I’ve fallen back into old eating patterns . . . and regained even more weight. I knew I’d regained weight, but I’d been avoiding the scale, because I didn’t want to be slapped with the truth.
But then I saw this picture, taken when I was in Pennsylvania two weeks ago:
And I couldn’t deny it any longer. I needed to start making healthy food choices and get moving again. And when I got home from that trip, I bit the bullet and stepped on the scale. As of the end of June, I was back up to 291.5—within 25 pounds of my highest weight ever. NOT where I wanted to be at this point in my life. I mean, the whole idea behind the title of this blog was that I’d be fitter and healthier (and smaller) by the time I turned forty. Guess what—that happened five weeks ago!
With my mom’s encouragement, I’ve started a new nutritional plan which includes cutting back to low-fat poultry and fish, lots of digestive-cleansing vegetables, a little fruit, and yogurt for the first two weeks, then moderating on to a basic low-carb menu.
Since that weigh-in on June 30, I’ve lost 8.5 pounds. And as I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, seeing that number on the scale not just going down, but racing down, makes it much easier to stick to a more restrictive diet for a couple of weeks—even to the point of abstaining from the chips and salsa and my favorite chile rellenos when I went out for Mexican food yesterday (I had chicken fajitas minus the tortillas, beans, and rice—just the chicken and vegetables with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa).
While I’ve set a goal for where I want to be by Christmas (250, or down about 30 more pounds), in the short term, I just want to get back into all of the clothes I bought a couple of years ago when I first started losing weight which are currently too tight. By Christmas, I want those clothes to all be a little too big for me.
What’s your health/fitness goal you’d like to reach by Christmas/the end of the year?