Weight Loss to date: 12 pounds
Wow 12 pounds! I've lost 12 pounds this week, I'm pretty proud of that. Now before everyone thinks I'm advocating quick weight loss, let me just explain that for me, 12 pounds isn't that big of a deal for the first week. First, I'm tall at 5'10", and you can't even tell I've lost the 12 pounds. Secondly, most of it is water weight. I'm finally fitting in the right amount of water each day, so I'm properly hydrated so my body isn't retaining a lot of fluid. Thirdly, I made a pretty drastic change to my diet by cutting out fast food. Finally, I have a pretty high starting weight as you can see above, which means the amount of calories I require to maintain 293 pounds is pretty high...well over 2000, and I cut my calories to around 1500-1800 a day.
Now, how did I do with my Week 1 challenges?
No Fast Food
I did really well with this, though I had to really fight the urge to get a cheeseburger this past Tuesday. I fought the urge and won, so I'm pretty proud of that. I have also found I really enjoy bringing my lunch from home. I don't feel miserable after I eat a meal from home like I did with fast food. One thing I need to make sure I can do is create an environment where I can't find an excuse to run out for a burger for lunch. To do this, I am keeping Lean Cuisine meals in the freezer, and a couple of non-refridgerated options in my desk drawer at work.
I have really struggled with this one. At first I was just writing everything down at the end of the day...bad idea. I would invariably forget things, or I would have to estimate the amounts. As a result, my journal was grossly inaccurate. I am now weighing food and writing it down either while I am cooking, or before I sit down to eat.
Wow. Who would have ever thought, drinking water would be this hard? Not me. I am having a hard time getting the water in, but I'm doing it. I have found that drinking a juice glass of water at least every hour. This is especially helpful at work. If I drink a juice glass of water per hour every hour I am at work, by the end of the day I've gotten all my water in.
While I won't be running a marathon anytime soon, I am getting some exercise in everyday. Lately, I have managed 10 minutes on the treadmill and 3 minutes on the ab circle. Today my husband and I took our son to the park, and while he played and his father supervised, I walked a mile. I did have to stop half way through, but I got the full mile in. I think I could have made the full mile without stopping, but exercise apparently affects my bladder and it was an emergency pit stop.
The week to come....
This week I'm going to concentrate on the following challenges:
- Continue with the past week's challenges
- Increase my treadmill time to a minimum of 15 minutes per day