Three months ago I set out to lose about 80 pounds through exercise and a very low calorie diet, by December 1st.
How did I do?
I lost ten pounds in the first month and have kept that off. I don’t look much different, or even feel much different. But it is nice that jeans that used to be too tight fit much better, and things that were already a bit loose are very very loose.
I did away with the very low calorie diet within the first month, once I had begun going to the gym 4-5 days a week, for 30 minutes a day. Unfortunately, despite being very good about going to the gym, I have not lost any additional weight.
Why is this?
I imagine it’s because I’m not dieting- I eat good food, but I eat bad food too. Also, I started going to the gym as someone with no gym experience. I had no idea what I was doing. After three months I am familiar with the equipment and have more of an idea of what I should be doing. And I have realized I do not push myself nearly as hard as I should be and I’m not focused. I do a bit of this and a bit of that.
So, what’s the plan?
Well, people keep telling me I should join weight watchers, etc. I’m not ready for that. It requires an investment of time and money that I just am not prepared to give. Not because I don’t want too. But, because I have a lot going on already. I am worried about my university coursework that I don’t spend nearly enough time on, my jobs is very stressful, and of course there is my house and my kids. Investing in something like WW and failing, will be very big blow. I told myself in the beginning this might not work, it might take time, I might have to try lots of different things before I found what would ultimately work. I gave myself pardon.
I have decided to try something slightly different. I’m going to go to the gym with focus. My daughter is a runner, so I’ve decided to go in that direction so I can help her, train with her, and identify with what she’s doing. I will hit the treadmill 4-5 days a week and do incremental training until I can run for 20 minutes. Then I will increase that time by one minute a week, as long as I’m up to it, until I have found a comfortable rhythm. I will supplement this with a 2 week very low calorie diet every 6 weeks (or so). (Which I’ve put in my diary!) Once I’m confident in my running ability I’d like to start running with my daughter early in the morning, before work, as well.
I’m not going to give up, this is so important to me. But I’m not going to beat myself up over not meeting my goal right away. I’m really pleased that I’ve lost ten pounds.
Little things have always made me happy.