Honesty is the First Step: My Healthy Living Update

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.

 

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Returned to drinking only water.
  3. Eliminated junk food snacks and replaced them with cottage cheese, nuts and fruit.
  4. Reintroduced the Monday weigh-in
  5. Reintroduced my goal of losing 1 pound per week.
  6. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

59 thoughts on “Honesty is the First Step: My Healthy Living Update

  1. Reblogged this on anewperspectiveperhaps and commented:
    This post by Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often hits on so many good points. The first is, blogging keeps most of us honest and accountable. The second is that many of us gain weight over the holidays. The third is, when we are the problem, we then need to be our own solution. Can you identify with any of this?

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  2. I like your affirmation – I’ve been moving in the same direction. Back to water and switching to snacks to healthier options. I even ate an apple yesterday! Sounds like a worthy goal and time to reach it. I may be inspired enough to follow along. Thanks, Debra

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  4. I think your plan sounds really reasonable–and the more reasonable the steps are, the more likely you are to succeed. And honesty really is the best policy–not only is it the right choice morally an ethically, it also makes it super easy to keep your story straight and adds no weight to your conscience. lol Good luck!

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  5. I blog anonymously, but I may come out from behind the curtain at some point, so I am always cognisant of what I’m saying. I am quite private in person, and some of my posts are very personal (my letter to me in particular), so I know what you mean about blogging giving you courage!

    I can also relate to feeling some guilt and anger about letting yourself gain weight. I try to remind myself that at least I had a wake up call (even though it took too long) and that I can’t do anything about the past, only the present. I have lost 17 pounds so far and while I still have a long way to go, I’m making progress.

    Good luck with getting back on track. I’m rooting for you!

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  6. Yes, I have experienced the “empty the closet” honesty even more so than before I entered the blogging world. I believe it’s helping me to answer questions I wouldn’t have asked of myself before. Many bloggers have different perspectives and you all challenge me to dig for my own truth. It’s enlightening and invigorating all at the same time. Six months ago I never would have believed that I would too become a blogger. It’s almost like coming to a home that I’ve never lived in before, but feel so connected to the spirit of the home. How amazing!

    I too have gained some added weight over the holidays. I noticed my clothes were getting tight the week of Christmas. I have also started with the basics of my original plan when I began losing weight two years ago. Starting off the year in fasting mode will put me back into the correct mindset of eating properly.

    Thanks for sharing your life challenges and goal with the world.

    Blessings

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    • Thank you for the encouragement. Like I have said in previous comments, this time around I am preparing myself mentally for maintenance. Even with that said, the holidays involve so much good food and I am glad I didn’t miss out, literally! lol
      Danny

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  7. Honesty is always the best policy. I find that when I am honest, I sleep better at night and have fewer details to remember later. As for doing what is best for us, I have always believed that we know inside what we should and shouldn’t be doing for ourselves. The trick is listening to that inner voice.

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  9. Best of luck! My grandma told me a principle, that along with healthy food, have helped throughout life. According to her we should start the day by eating like Kings (Sweden has a King, not a President..)= big breakfast. Our lunch should be like a Queens meal, a reasonably big meal, with ingredients covering all the basic food groups. Dinner should be eaten like a Prince = meals are getting smaller and smaller. Bedtime snack should be in proportion to what a young Princess would eat, and be finished a couple hours before bedtime. LOL
    Best of luck!

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  10. Congratulations on making the first step! I agree that honesty is the best policy and I try to not hate myself for falling backwards. Like you, I just have to get back to basics. But this post really helped me figure some things out that have been stopping me from getting back on track – health, time, money. Anyway, I wish you all the best and send encouragement.
    Lydia!

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  11. I’m honest and I empty my closet blogging. I find it therapeutic and it helps me to heal and see myself objectively. Like, stepping outside the square. My poetry is abstract and my writing is whatecer flows. I use to have more internalized toxic shame where it festered inside, it’s less now. I write more when I’m working through stuff, like now, and then I’ll get on with life as we know it until the closet gets full again. I use my real name. I am me and I’m OK. So are you and just keep doing what you do well. Jx

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  12. It hurts to realize we’ve slipped, doesn’t it? I caught myself on the high-end of my body weight after taking November and December to focus almost exclusively on writing. Now I’m struggling to take back the ground I’d gained around this time last year.
    Nothing for it but to do what you did–face the honest facts, determine the desired outcome, and go after the goal. (I didn’t plan the alliteration there at first, but it worked nicely.)

    I saw OM referred your blog and decided I’d pop over. I enjoy what he posts, and figure if he recommends someone, it’s worth reading. Your writing did not disappoint.

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    • Hello! Thanks for stopping by! It can be a tough recovery after holidays! The key for me is to refocus 100% on healthier choices and track my intake. OM has sent quite a bit of traffic today. It makes me smile reading your words about my writing. It is awesome to meet!
      Danny

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