What prompted it this time? What was it this time that made me say, “I don’t want to be fat anymore”? In actuality, it wasn’t a single event, but a collection.
Last Saturday, I put on a pair of capris that I hadn’t worn since last summer. I could barely get them over my butt, and my legs looked like sausages stuffed into casings. Yeah, not attractive. I took them off and found a different pair.
On Sunday, I stepped on the scale at my parents’ house. No change. No gain, but no loss.
A few days later, I got an email from Alysia, blogger at Try Defying Gravity and one of the organizers of The Oxygen Mask Project. She was letting me know that my “Stroll with it, baby!” post was scheduled to be published over at TOMP on Friday. It made me think, “Did I follow through like I said I would? Did I make changes to be healthier like I wrote about in that post?”
Two weeks ago, my husband asked, “What do you want for your birthday?”
It wasn’t any one of these things, but the combination of them that is prompting me to get my act together. As you might guess from Incident #4, I have a birthday soon. Next week, in fact. I decided to give myself a gift: healthier living. My goal is to lose at least 38 pounds by my 38th birthday next year. Having lost the weight before, I know I can do it again. I just have to make some changes.
Once a month, I will blog about what I’m doing. Today is the first post. In keeping with the spirit of the Oxygen Mask Project, I’m not going to write about my son. Sure, by losing weight healthily I am setting a good example for him. But I’m not doing it for him. I want and need to do this for myself.
I have a specific, measurable goal and a target date for reaching it. Now, I need a way to reach that goal. I’ve read before that it takes about thirty days to truly form a habit (good or bad). So I’m going to pick twelve healthy habits and do one a month over the next year. The plan is to layer these actions on top of each other to change my lifestyle for the better. Here is a list that I started.
- Write down everything I eat
- Exercise more
- Go mostly meatless for a month
- Either 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies per day or include a fruit & veggie at every meal
- No fast food
- Announce my plans to increase accountability
- Purchase a scale and track my weight on a regular basis
- Try new foods that are healthy
The ideas need to be fleshed out and the best order determined. Since the list is a work in progress (like me!), I welcome your suggestions.
I’m starting with something not included in the above list: track my exercise every day for the month of August. When I was brainstorming and wrote “exercise more” I later had to ask myself, “More than what?” Until I get a baseline, I won’t know if I’m doing more.
I’ve used a website called SparkPeople in the past. It is fairly easy to use and offers lots of ways to track goals. On Wednesday, I logged back into the site and starting tracking my mileage and time for all of my walking.
I’d really love to hear feedback about this post. If you have successfully lost and kept off weight in the past, what strategies worked best for you? What tools have you used to track your progress? How have you rewarded yourself for meeting your goal?
Thanks again to Alysia for providing one of the kicks-in-the-pants-that-are-too-tight that I needed. It is time for me to get into the best shape of my life.
Here are two other mommy-bloggers who are on their own weight loss journeys. Stop by and give them some words of encouragement, too.