The W Word

We’re about to get a little bit personal up in here. It’s time to talk about that dreaded W-word, weight and how I’m not happy with mine. As a young teenager I was extremely active. We’re talking 25 hours per week of exercise active. When that number dropped down to around 4 hours per week my sophomore year of high school and my eating habits stayed the same, well, you can imagine what happened. So you can have an idea of my weight changes over the years I made a nice little graph (don’t pretend like you don’t enjoy making figures in power point, too). We start at my sophomore year of high school and end where I sit currently.

Clearly, I’ve had a lot of weight fluctuations over the years and when I’ve lost weight it hasn’t always been in the healthiest of manners (ie. I reached my lowest weight after I lost almost 20 lbs when my ex and I broke up).

The picture on the left is me around my heaviest weight in 2006. Those are the pictures I have hidden on Facebook or for most of them, I’ve simply untagged myself. Those are the pictures I avoid looking at if at all possible. And the one on the right is me in 2010 at what I’d consider my healthy weight, where I felt comfortable in my skin and wasn’t constantly worrying about my weight.

And now in 2012, if I’m being totally honest, I’m really unhappy with my body. My clothes don’t fit right and I don’t like what I see in the mirror. But I know that feeling bad doesn’t change anything so it’s time to take action! I’m not interested in doing a “diet”. As soon as I set restrictions those are the foods I crave. And I know a lot of people say counting calories is the only way to lose weight but I already know that doesn’t work for me. I start off good and then eventually try to figure out how I can decrease my calorie intake each day until I get to a point where I’m only taking in 500 calories. It’s a slippery slope and I’d rather avoid it.

Instead, I simply want to eat healthier and make a plan I can stick to forever. There will be no off-limits food and if I want some chocolate, darn it I’ll eat a little chocolate!

Guidelines

-No drinking my calories. Only H2O and crystal light allowed

-Eat fruits and veggies as snacks

-Exercise at least 30 minutes 6 times per week (3 runs/eliptical, 2 weight training, 1 swim)

-Eat out only once per week

For a starting point I think I can stick to these 4 things. The hardest will be snacking. I always want to snack around 3pm and as we’re cooking dinner. My focus as I try to meet these guidelines over the next few weeks will be to find healthy, tasty snacks. I also need to put a lock on the jar of peanut butter. Not because I can’t have any but because I don’t need to take a spoon to it. :)

My goal is to lose 20-25 lbs by the end of the year. I’ll track my progress and give an update every Monday. Hopefully documenting my progress will be just the motivation I need.

Dinner

When I told you that August was obsessed with German sausage and cabbage I wasn’t kidding. He wanted to make it again tonight but I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I roasted up some brussel sprouts and brown rice to pair with a grilled sausage.

This meal totally hit the spot! I can’t believe I lived the first 27 years of my life without brussel sprouts.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Has your weight fluctuated over the years or are you able to maintain a pretty constant weight?

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2 thoughts on “The W Word

  1. Your story is similar to mine. I think you’re doing the right things. I do count calories but I really dont. I make what I want, then I tally them up (roughly, I don’t look up the exact amounts) after I eat. That way I have a rough estimate at the end of the day.

    I set a simple little list of healthy guidelines for me to follow each day too… so far it’s really worked for me so I bet it will work for you too.

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