On Thanksgiving Day last week (or as my international readers like to call it – “Thursday”) I somehow defied the laws of physics and weighed in at 180 pounds. It was no mistake. I stepped on and off the scale no less than 3 times and the reading was the same each time. Do you know what this means????
I’VE LOST TEN POUNDS!!!!
Hitting the 10 pound mark is pretty amazing. Not as amazing as hitting a 50 pound mark, but still pretty cool.
Now, it goes without saying (but I’ma say it anyway) that by Monday morning, the scale did not read 180 pounds. I was not, however, freaked out or sad because I figured it was mostly salt and water and the 4 pounds I gained over 4 days would melt away eventually. Today I’m happy to report that the scale once again reads 180 pounds. Whew!!
So. Turns out this slow and steady gig is a pretty good one. Who knew?!? So for those of you keeping track, that makes 10 pounds in a little over 4 months, or approximately .5 pounds per week for19 weeks. I sat at 182 for about a month, so there’s that. I’m not even going to try and set a goal date or anything like that because that’s like the kiss of weight loss death for me. I’m just going to continue going with the flow until I hit a weight that I can be satisfied with (or for you grammar nazis out there, a weight with which I can be satisfied.) ;)
I’m saying goodbye to the 180s, now on to the 170s!!
How am I doing it? I hate to make it sound so simple, but really it is: eat less, move more. The specifics are that I’ve been eating a lot more protein lately (nuts make a great snack), eating dinner early in the evening, and eating smaller portions overall. For a long time, I would eat very little during the day, then when I got home I would “celebrate” with a few hundred calories and then eat a big dinner an hour and a half later. It took my BIF several “are you eating enough during the day?” questions to finally convince me that I wasn’t eating enough while I was at work, and now I’m pretty balanced I think. I try to make lunch a fairly hearty meal, then in the afternoons I’ll have some nuts and a piece of fruit to tide me over. I try to make dinner right away when I get home so I don’t have a lot of time to graze. Eating after dinner hasn’t ever really been a thing for me – like I said, my worst time was right after work. Also I’ve been hitting the treadmill a few times a week too, plus just trying to stay active doing my daily activities. It all adds up!
Now this is what has gotten me ten pounds lighter – my formula might have to (and probably will) change as I lose more weight. But for now it works so I’m sticking with it.
So I conquered Thanksgiving and now all I have to say to Christmas is “BRING IT!“