One month update/accountability post: 11 pounds lost! Almost halfway to my goal!

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F21, 5’5 SW: 173 pounds CW: 161.4 GW: 148 pounds

One month ago, I made a vow to myself and a post declaring that I was getting back on the healthy habits train after a gain of roughly 25 pounds over a year and a half. Since then, I’ve lost 11.6 (!) pounds, and I’m very proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished this far. I took some comparison photos today and though I don’t see much of a difference, I do feel a difference, and I trust the scale and the system.

I try to eat 1,200 to 1,300 calories each day, but some days I eat at maintenance if there is something going on (usually on a weekend day). On intense hiking days (7 strenuous miles or more), I’ll eat 1,400 to 1,500 calories instead. Here’s what I’ve figured out and some changes I’ve made:

  • I’m eating three meals a day. Before, I would often not eat and not eat and not eat and then eat a lot of sugary foods while I’m up and about without really sitting down, then having a big dinner because I was famished and feeling off because of the sugar. Now, I eat breakfast (but not before nine if I can help it) lunch, then dinner.

  • I quit grad school! Now, I don’t recommend quitting grad school, but in my case, I think this was essential for my success and well-being. My program was an awful fit for me, and it was making me miserable. I just wasn’t able to do the things that I loved any more; the passion and zest for life was sucked out of me. I was sleeping too much, I couldn’t focus on anything from reading my books, to finishing a workout. I didn’t want to leave the house, I spent too much time stressing. Cooking became the one thing that I could do, as it was mindless and it was an “essential” task that I could justify spending time doing. For the first time in a long time, I feel optimistic about my future, and I don’t wallow in food any more. I feel upbeat and it’s so much easier for me to do things: I’m keeping up on chores, I enjoy going to work, I’m almost finished with the novel I’d been reading the same 10 pages of over and over for 9 months. I don’t sleep as much as I used to (and getting to sleep is so much easier!). I’m in a much better headspace.

  • We don’t eat out (much). We used to eat out 1-2 times a week. Now, we we went out once this month for our anniversary, and we are going to breakfast this weekend to see some family who is dropping by from out of town, then no more until my birthday. Eating out is for special occasions only, and not for run-of-the-mill fast food.

  • I buy snacks. This sounds counterintuitive, but before I wouldn’t keep “unhealthy” food in the house regularly. I would buy it as a “treat” then binge on it. And I was buying “treats” too often. I’ve had a box of single serving Pringles in my pantry for three weeks. I think I’ve had 3 of them total, and they are usually alongside a cold cut sandwich or on the side of a homemade burger. 100 calories for my chips on the weekend isn’t so bad, and not having them in a limited supply doesn’t make me want to eat them all in one sitting. I also keep granola bars in the cupboard, and proportioned cookie dough in the freezer. I fit them into my calorie budget when I can, and when I can’t, they will always be in there for the next time that I can: they aren’t going anywhere. Also, I’ve been buying breakfast cereal, because even though Special K isn’t the best thing I can be eating, eating nothing for breakfast then eating a bunch of chocolate at 3 pm is far far worse.

  • I don’t go back for seconds. I portion out my dinner beforehand, and I don’t go back for seconds. I know how much I need to eat to feel full, and I stick to it beforehand. I used to go back for seconds just because it tasted good. The reality is that I make most of my meals, so if something tasted super good, it’s not like I can’t make it again next week if it want more of it. Food is not scarce in my house; I shouldn’t treat it like it is.

  • I feed my chocolate craving in moderation, usually with a pudding cup and a dollop of whipped cream after dinner. This is 115 calories that I always always always budget in, unless it’s a rare day that I can squeeze in two of my frozen cookie dough balls and a glass of milk. Again, chocolate isn’t a scarcity.

  • I “exercise” 7 days a week, even when that exercise is just taking the dog for a walk. I walk/hike, run, or bike 7 days a week. My accountability partner is the best. He likes running with me, and he lives for hiking, but he absolutely must be walked every day, which is fantastic for me.

  • I’m also waitressing again, so I get in 15,000 steps a day minimum.

  • This is an odd one, but I’m getting more comfortable being naked. Before I started losing weight, I didn’t want to see myself naked, so I would avoid mirrors when I didn’t have clothes on because I didn’t like what I saw. Now, I make a point to look at myself, and kind of accept where I’m at. (Accept in the sense that I admit where I am, not that this is where I’ll stay.) I’ll brush my teeth naked when it’s convenient, instead of going out of my way to go back to the bedroom to put clothes on, then come back in to brush my teeth. I’m okay sleeping nude again, which I used to enjoy but haven’t done in about a year and a half. I’m becoming more comfortable with myself.

For the most part, the only thing I’ve changed is limiting my dinner portion sizes, eating balanced meals two other times a day, and making out a few swaps here and there. I’ve also started to become more dedicated to doing the activities I already did more often.

Today was my first weigh in. I didn’t own a scale, so I went out and bought one yesterday in anticipation. I’ve also ordered a food scale to get more accuracy in my counting—a bit of a “reward” for keeping on all month. Im still not ready to fit into those crop tops again just yet, but the goal is in sight!

Thanks for listening. I hope all of you are successful on your journeys to happier and healthier lives. 😊

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