- Going Back to A Round of Words
- Kicking off A Round of Words
- Talking about weight loss.
- The first check mark
- Checking in for me
- A week of editing.
- Jumping tracks.
- A health check up.
- Hot potato! Hot potato!
- Making a commitment.
- Still going strong!
- Slow and steady. Kind of. Okay, not this week!
- Coming in for my crash landing!
- Goodye #ROW80
Originally this post was going up as a stand alone update about me because I felt like talking about my progress. Then Monday and the kick off to A Round of Words in 80 Days began and I started reading posts and a lot of people were including health and life goals alongside their writing goals. It was too late to change mine and add things, so I figured why not do another post and talk about what’s going on? Because clearly I’m lacking words.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m on a Jenny Craig diet. The facts are I stink at figuring out what is healthy, what I should eat and shouldn’t, and I needed help. Jenny Craig, while pricey, offered me exactly what I needed, and it’s been working.
I debated on including numbers in this blog post, and I realized: what does it matter if I tell you how much I weigh? It doesn’t. I talked to a friend of mine and we compared weights. We have an inch height difference. She weighs something much less than I do, and yet I look smaller than she does. The lesson? We all carry weight differently.
A year ago I was starting to push 200 pounds. I never crossed that threshold, but it was a close call. My biggest motivators for going on a strict diet were many.
- I was no longer comfortable in my own skin.
- Feeling positive about myself.
- Being healthy.
Do you see a pattern here?
The number one reason I decided to make this move was for my health. I’ve watched my father and sister have a host of health issues which could be greatly improved by losing weight and just being healthier over all. I want to live a long life. I want to enjoy myself. And a lot of that will not happen if I don’t make changes to my lifestyle now.
I have loads of self confidence, but even I was beginning to be conscious of my size, trying to cover myself up with bigger clothing. And you know what? I hated shopping for bigger clothes, I couldn’t fit into what I had and I didn’t like what I found. I wasn’t happy and it’s hard to feel good about yourself in that situation.
To date I’ve lost almost twenty pounds. I think the exact number according to my JC coach is 14, but that’s weighing me at the heaviest point in my day. I’m usually 2 pounds lighter any other time except when I step in that dang office! So I’m between 14 and 16 pounds lost, as of last week, when I had my official weigh in. Can I just say 20 pounds? It makes me feel better since it’s 1/3 of the way to what I want to lose.
In the picture on the left is a shot of me last November, and on the right is from a few weeks ago. I can also say I’ve lost about four pounds since I took that picture, so I’m smaller. My measurements have gone down by about eight inches in three of the four major body areas. Want to guess where I’m not decreasing? *sigh*
My progress is slow, but healthy and that’s what I’m truly happy about. My weight loss coach can bemoan my slow losing ever week all she wants, but each week I go down a little. It’s not easy. I crave Dr Pepper, chocolate, queso, chips, brisket tacos, french fries and all sorts of bad-for-me stuff, but going through my closet and putting on something I haven’t worn for a year is an even better feeling.
Some things that have helped me:
- Regular check ins. I do this at the Jenny Craig office and I think that motivation helps. I have to tell someone my progress each week.
- Cutting out Dr Pepper. Okay so I still drink some, but I keep it to a minimum.
- Water. I drink a lot of water now.
- Mio. This is a water enhancer. It doesn’t contain caffeine, though there is a version now that does, I don’t drink it.
- Fresh foods. I eat a lot of fresh veggie and fruit snacks instead of processed stuff.
- Portion sizes. I still eat out, but I eat less and I’m able to still enjoy the novelty of eating out, and I make meals last longer.
I’m about a third of the way to my goal. If I get there I’m going to be a tiny little thing and I might just love it.
For the sake of establishing some ROW 80 related goals, over the next three months here’s what I want to do:
- Stick to my Jenny Craig plan. It works. Don’t give up on it.
- With two big conferences coming up and no way to eat my JC food, I need to be mindful of what I’m eating and portion sizes.
- I’d like to lose another ten pounds between now and the end of the year. That would almost put me halfway to my goal. I’ve been losing at about a pound a week, but I’m going to discount two weeks in ROW because of conferences.
Here’s a funny story that was kinda embarrassing and yet made me feel good about myself.
This last weekend was a really big cycling event, and anyone who knows me also knows that my mom is an ultimate cyclist, does a lot of road biking stuff, and I crew for her regularly. That was what I did this last weekend, while bands of rain from a dying hurricane battered at us through the whole race. Seriously, rain, rain everywhere, and I was the only smart person who thought to wear wellies. Seriously. Anyways, this race was on a circular "track" of county roads so I sat at a pit area and waited for her to come around, trade out her bottles of water and spiz for new bottles and get her whatever she wanted. It had begun to rain harder later in the afternoon and as she pulled in for a stop she asked for a rain proof vest in her bag o’ stuff in the car. Waaaaaaaay over there. So me being the race minded daughter that I am, take off running for the car — and I lost my pants. My TIGHT pants. They were still totally dry, I’d been rather lucky with my rain coat until after this incident and they were dry. And I pretty much showed the whole pit line my panties. Not that anyone noticed, because they were all looking in the other direction for their riders, but I’m pretty sure the cute cyclist saw because he was laughing at me every time I saw him after that. Oh well. My pants are so big I have to roll them down and they still slide off. Guess it’s time to go dig through my closet for a smaller size!
Do you have any tips, tricks or hints about what’s worked shed some of that unwanted weight?