So yeah, here I am again. I admit that the last time wasn't as much of a success as I would have liked. I went back and re-read over the previous blog and discovered that I'm starting off from a slightly better position, but I'm still disappointed in myself that I wasn't able to keep at it like I need to. Still, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm just going to try again. And keep trying again until I can do it for good.
Why now? Well, why not? It's been preying on my mind for some time that I need to buckle down and get this fat off my waist for health reasons. Does my newly single status have something to do with it? I won't lie and say that it doesn't, but I will say that it's not the primary reason and say that I remain confident that my priorities are straight. I need to slim down for my health. If a side effect is looking better, then all to the good.
So what are my tools this time around? I took the time this past weekend to make up a few charts to track progress. One is a daily food journal where I can keep meticulous track of everything I put in my mouth. Having it all written down makes it very real and not so easily dismissed as trivial. Another is a weekly progress journal that tracks weight and waist measurement. And now there's this blog. I found that it helped last time and I hope it helps this time, too. A sense of accountability will see me through times of weakness.
My starting point:
Weight: 224 pounds
Waist: 47 1/2 inches
So far today I have kept to my "diet" of simply eating less. Controlling portions is how I've successfully lost weight in the past and I'm confident it will do so again. I also did 35 minutes of cardio work. I see my personal trainer twice a week for strength training usually, but he injured himself last week and isn't seeing anyone right now. As soon as he's well again, I'll resume my sessions with him.
Also, now that I make my own strained yogurt, I have a constant ready source of lean (I only use fat free milk) protein that is always available in all of my favorite flavors! I am so glad I started doing that.
I also understand the importance of setting goals. A lot of books that I've read talk about setting short, medium and long term goals, but I'm telescoping that a little. I don't really have any medium term goals, but I do have what I call "immediate" goals as well as short and long term. My immediate goals are simply getting through each day controlling my eating and making sure I exercise. Every day that I do that I consider a victory. My short term goal this first week is simply to lose at least three pounds. The last time I did this, I lost six in my first week. I know that a healthy rate of weight loss is one to two pounds per week, but I also know that the first week shows more significant improvements than normal, so I set my goal at three. My long term goal has nothing to do with weight, however, as I know that as I get more fit I'll grow more muscle mass which weighs much more than fat. I don't know what my ultimate weight will be - and I don't care - but my ultimate long term goal is a 36 inch waist. I know my body and I feel that that is a reasonable and realistic goal. I think if I went much less than that I would start to get too thin for my frame. I don't really have a time frame for this goal yet, but I hope to do it within a year.
My last note is a reminder that I do understand the importance of allowed cheat days. Just like last time, this is Saturday for me. I usually go out with friends on Saturdays and to hell with the "diet". It does help keep me sane.
Well, I think that's about all I have to say on the matter for today. But I'll do my best to keep up with regular updates and weekly progress reports. Wish me luck!