About 16 years ago, I weighed more than I had ever weighed in my life, and after a trip to the beach with Ron and Cindy, I decided I HAD to lose some weight! (Nothing like seeing your thin friend in a bikini to motivate you.) I immediately came home and talked to my friend and neighbor Becky. She had lost a lot of weight, and I wanted to know her secret. She told me she had joined TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), and she gave me the details about it. I told her I wanted to go with her to the next meeting. I went, and I joined, and about seven months later, I had lost 33 pounds and had met my goal. I maintained that weight (within five pounds on either side) for about seven years. And then I got lazy. And the weight returned.
For the last couple of years, I've said I needed to lose weight. I've played around with losing weight. But I never got serious about it. Earlier this year, I said that by the time school was out, I was going to lose at least ten pounds. It didn't happen.
Last week, I made up my mind that I AM going to get serious, and I AM going to get some of this weight off!! I am tired of seeing that size 16 in my clothes. I hate buying XL. I AM going to do something about it! So I downloaded the 5K Runner app, an exercise log app, the MyFitnessPal app, and the MapMyWalk app. And yes, I have actually used them. Daily. I don't plan on running a 5K, but that one helps me keep my pace up. I could probably delete the exercise log app because I put my exercise into MyFitnessPal, and now that I have done several walks around town, I pretty much know the mileage, so MapMyWalk could be deleted too. I doubt I will delete it, though, because I do like knowing exactly what I've walked and the speed.
I've started drinking more water again, and I'm being more conscious about what goes in my mouth. Do I REALLY want to put those 43 calories in my mouth for a one-inch square Snickers? Or would I rather have an apple? Sure, an apple has about twice the calories, but it is also more filling, and it provides healthy nutrients. The Snickers provides a brief moment of bliss. Don't get me wrong; sometimes that brief moment of bliss is EXACTLY what I need, and I have it, but I try to be smart about it.
Exercise and watching what I ate (and going to TOPS) was how I lost my weight before, so I know I can do it again. I did consider joining Weight Watchers, but I figure my accountability will be to myself through the apps instead of going to the weekly weigh-ins with a group.
Today was day 7 of my fitness plan. When I weighed, I was down 4-1/2 pounds from Tuesday, and I had lost right at two inches. I know the first week or so is when the most dramatic change occurs, so I don't expect to be down almost ten pounds this time next week, but I am very pleased with myself so far. I don't plan on my goal weight being quite so low this time. I had a couple of people tell me I looked anorexic when I was down to 125-130 pounds. I didn't see it at the time, but when I look at pictures now, I can tell how gaunt my face did look. And of course, there is nothing like the tactlessness of teenagers to tell you how bad you looked in old yearbook pictures. :-/ My first goal is to reach a ten-pound loss. When that happens, I'll set another one until I reach my goal of 40 pounds lost. That sounds like SO much to me right now, but hey, I have only 35-1/2 to go! :)
Now, I need to decide what HEALTHY meal I want to make for dinner. Have a GREAT day!
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