In my opinion the only way to really connect with anyone is to be honest. Not necessarily spill your guts and empty the closet honest, but honest in a general sense. The funny thing about blogging is I find myself being “empty the closet” honest when I would not be in real life. Anyone else experience that?
Anywho, since the holidays began in November, I neglected my eating and pretty much let the dogs run loose! And I am now paying for that decision. I knew I was gaining weight because I could tell my clothes were fitting differently; and by differently I mean tighter!
So this past Friday I finally weighed myself and I was instantly disappointed and needless to say immediately made the decision to go back to basics.
For those that have been with me since the beginning of DBDO you will recall that I converted to a healthier lifestyle in December of 2014. Read that blog post. My first weigh-in was around 195 if my memory serves me right and my lowest weight was 167 in June.
Unfortunately, my poor food choices over the last couple months has resulted in my weight now being 185. So here is what I have started doing since last Friday:
- Reintroduced the use of my LoseIt app. I understand the value of tracking my food intake. It creates a sense of responsibility and helps me to realign myself with better food choices.
- Returned to drinking only water.
- Eliminated junk food snacks and replaced them with cottage cheese, nuts and fruit.
- Reintroduced the Monday weigh-in
- Reintroduced my goal of losing 1 pound per week.
- Reintroduced my mind to a general awareness of living a healthier lifestyle
As I have confessed and openly discussed, I am a reformed procrastinator. The way I reformed was by making my bed every morning for several months and that keystone habit assisted me in learning to become an instant doer.
So the only way to deal with my weight gain is to hit it head on. First, I went back and reread my blog post and plan I used when I first began my lifestyle change. Then Evelina had to replace foods in our fridge and replace my snacky items with healthier alternatives. Then I had reacquaint my brain with being aware to make better food choices.
My goal for this coming Monday will be to weigh-in under 184 and I feel confident that I will achieve this goal.
The last thing on my list is to reinstate the Tuesday Healthy Living Update segment to report to you guys and gals on my progress. I do this because it forces me to lead by example and keep true to the words I “preach” here on DBDO.
It goes to show that when we lose focus on one aspect of life it is easy to fall back into bad patterns. When you realize this is happening, take corrective measures immediately!
It is a shame I did this to myself because I worked so hard last year, but this gives me the opportunity to be successful all over again!! I admit to myself that I am responsible for my place in life, good and bad, and that I possess the power to change my circumstances.
Here is the creed I will read to myself everyday until I reach my goal of weighing 165 pounds:
My desire is to lose 20 pounds (165 lbs.) by April 30, 2016. To reach my goal I will sacrifice eating sweets, junk food, fatty foods and sodas. I will also sacrifice my time twice per day and commit to walking around my neighborhood. I will eat 1800-1900 calories per day, consisting of 3 meals and 3 snacks and will strictly limit my night time snacking. I will track my caloric intake each time I eat with my LoseIt app. I know that if I execute this plan and consume fewer calories than I burn that my body will do its job and burn fat. I will commit to this plan no matter how bad the junk food cravings get nor what other people say; I will persevere!