I've blogged about weight loss a few times. I've gone up and down my whole life. I whine about being fat, but yet I never do much about it. I have some serious stomach issues that I'm still trying to break ugly habits on. You'd think that after spending a bookoo amount of money and knowing what makes you sick, you'd stop, right? Not me. (Hey, I've never claimed to be a genius here.)
In December I talked about starting The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Challenge. It was a workout I cursed at, and dreaded having to do. I didn't do it 4-5 times a week like it said I needed to. I know exercise is important, but I'll just admit it now: I am lazy. And not even lazy as much as I am tired. I average 2 days off a month now. I work 8 hours a day on a crappy floor wearing crappy shoes. (Yes, I know go buy new shoes. I am going this weekend to get some.) When I get home, the last thing I want to do is jump around on my sore feet.
Each time I was like all wahhhhhhh I don't want to work out, I thought of this picture I had seen on Pinterest:
And I'd force myself to do a workout. Then one day as I was sitting on my couch shoving a zillion calorie hamburger into my mouth, it kinda dawned on me: I may be approaching this whole weight loss thing the wrong way. You see, I am a rebel at heart. You tell me no on something, I give you the finger and do what I want. So in my mind when I talk about dieting, exercising, and all this stuff, the rebel inside of me just wants to eat a whole bag of Reeses.
This may not make much sense to anyone else, but it does for me. I'm not the type of person who can just wake up on morning and follow a strict guideline of what they should be doing. I don't even like discussing I'm trying to loose weight to anyone because one day I may grab a soda for the first time in weeks and someone is going: Oh yeah, that's really going to help you loose weight. What do I do to this? I drink 2 of them! Show you jerks of what I can do! (<---See! I make no sense!)
Just like any other bad habits I've kicked like smoking, I decided to do a new method: Kicking Out the Crap One Step at a Time I started this in the middle of the month. My first goal was to consume more water. I know you're supposed to have eight 8-ounces a day. I've also been told to take your weight, divide it by two, and drink that much water. Either way, I know I've been drinking a heck of a lot more water. I haven't really been a big soda person in the past couple months. Unless I'm at a friend's house or about to fall asleep in class, I don't drink it. Sweet tea on the other hand is my downfall. I drink more water than I do tea so I'm okay with this.
My other goal was to stop with the fried food. This is hard. I work at a deli, and it so so much easier for me to grab something out of the case to snack on, but I'm doing really well with it. I've been sick these past couple days so I haven't done the best with the whole water and not eating fried stuff (french fries from McD's, you devil!). For the most part, I've done really well with it. By doing these two things, I can tell a difference in how I'm feeling. I'm not as bloated, and when I get off work, I don't instantly want to take a nap.
So what was my weight loss this month? Well, at the beginning of the month I weighed 195.9. I went to the doctor yesterday (thank you cold and ear infection) and I'm at..........
6.2 pounds! Back in November, I had a goal of hitting 10 pounds a month, but I'm now back to what I weighed before the holidays hit so I'm pretty happy to be back down to it.
Goals for February:
- Continue on more water and cutting out fried foods
- Eating smaller meal portions (I'm supposed to be doing this anyways because of my stomach issues)
- More fruit/vegetable snacks
- Exercising for 10-15 minutes in the morning before work 3x a week
Yep. That's all of them. Nothing big and drastic. If I exercise more or cut back more then awesome! I'm not going at this full geared. I'm taking it slow and getting myself into better habits all around.