Times up!

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.

One response to this post.

  1. Hey — good for you! Getting to the gym is difficult. If you have been going to the gym and aren’t noticing any changes it could be that you are not pushing yourself hard enough workout wise, or it could be the food you are eating or maybe both.

    Going with your daughter is an excellent option — motivation + family quality time is nice — getting a personal trainer for a limited period of time, learning about exercise, and getting them to make a plan that you can put into action without the trainer might also be helpful, but that is expensive.

    I mean this with all due respect, but if you are not willing/too busy to put the time, money, etc. into go to a WW meeting every week for like an hour, your plan might not be sustainable. I am saying this because I totally had the same plan as you in the past. I lost 10 lbs. Three months later I gained it all back, and then some. I was in school, working 3 jobs, and just didn’t have the time to make my health a priority.

    The thing about WW, or similar programs, is that it teaches you how to eat healthily with real food. Same thing goes for personal trainers — they teach you how to work out optimally. (Also, you might not even need WW if you get a personal trainer because they can give you a healthy eating plan if you find the right one.)

    My suggestion is to make your health and weight loss goals a priority, that involves eating well and being active. This doesn’t have to involve Weight Watchers, but that is one effective means by which you can strive to achieve your goal to lose 80lbs — you can even do online WW if you hate the meetings, like I do.

    My experience is that you need to really commit to eating well and being active if you want to lose weight — one without the other isn’t enough. I’ve lost 30 lbs and am trying to drop 15 more. I quit weight watchers a few months in because I learned everything I needed to from them. But it was a very helpful first step to dropping the weight, for me.

    Best of luck,



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