Aaaand we’re off!

Today I weighed in for my Super Secret Weight Loss Group and I’m down 2 pounds!! According to my bathroom scale, I’m down to 188, but when I hopped on the Wii Fit this morning, it recorded my weight at 185.5. So I’m really not certain of how much I actually weigh, but I’m certain that I lost 2 pounds this week, so it’s all good. I’m more concerned with the progress than the actual number anyway, which is why I busted out the Mary Lou and weighed on her, too. I’m going to start using her once a week because she is brutally honest and will tell me exactly how much I have lost/gained but not the number.

 

At some point last week, as I was falling asleep in bed I was thinking about what I really needed to do to lose weight. Should I join Weight Watchers? Should I join TOPS? Should I check out South Beach Diet again? Oh I was asking myself all sorts of questions and playing out all kinds of complicated scenarios in my head. I finally got real with myself and thought “okay, knowing myself as I do, what’s it really going to take to lose weight?” The answer was as loud as a thunderbolt and clear as a bell: “EAT LESS FOOD, STUPID!!!”

Genius, no?

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 7 days. Not only eating less, but eating better too. I have a huge salad every day for lunch, fruit and cheese for my snacks, plus I’m trying to eat 4 meals a day and stop all the snacking in between. I’ve been tracking my calories in Calorie Count and trying to stay within a range of 1400-1600 calories, although some days I’ve been as low as 1100 (I know, I know, I need to stay with at least 1200 – that day was an anomaly). I’ve been a little bit hungry before meals, but not ravenous, so that’s good.

I’ve walked/jogged on the treadmill 5 of the last 7 days, too. I started C25K again this week (I actually started with Week 2), so I’ll be using that as a workout guide for now. I would love to be able to RUN an entire 3 miles, heck at this point I’d love to run one mile, so that’s my goal.

I also don’t mind telling you I’ve got a new motivation for losing weight. Two of my husband’s best friends have gone through/are going through a divorce right now. One of my good friends went through a divorce a few months ago. Another couple I know is separated. All of these couples have been together for 20+ years, and it has made me realize that you can’t take for granted that your spouse is always going to love you. You can’t just assume that they will love you because they “have to”.  Weight was not an issue in any of those marriages, and it’s not really an issue in mine, but I don’t ever want my weight to be on the list of Reasons My Husband Might Want a Divorce (I’m pretty sure my lack of cooking skills is on that list, but he knew that was a flaw of mine going in). If it is an issue, it’s MY issue and not his (at least he has the decency to pretend it’s not an issue for him if it is).

So that’s what’s going on with me. I’m going to stick with this exotic “eating less” idea and see where it takes me. Probably going to need some more salad ideas, so if you have a favorite add in for your salad, I’d love to hear it.

Peace Out!

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6 thoughts on “Aaaand we’re off!

  1. Genius YES!

    Congrats on the progress!

    Sometimes we need to get hit with that thunderbolt so it sinks in. We all know that whatever plan you decide to do will work as long as you do it, right? Not sure if it has to be less food but less of the unhealthy stuff and more of the good stuff.

    I’m obsessed with salads and green monster smoothies when it is crazy hot like it has been these days. Some of my favorite salads have pears, pistacios, feta cheese, apples, mixed greens and raspberry vin. dressing. Yum!

    Stay cool and rock on Jill!

  2. Wowee, I really am impressed! Not only the number but all the other stats. You’re on a roll now!

    Regarding all the divorces and stuff. That makes me so sad, especially for the kids, but also for the future of the adults. Most can’t see how it will affect them THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. And regarding weight being an issue, does it make sense that how much it bothers/affects you might be more of an issue than how it affects your husband? Just my cheap opinion…

    Salad add-ins. I found that having a crunch (not crunchy veggies) was really important to a salad’s satisfaction. So nuts of any kind usually go in. If I need meat for the day, I really do like meat in my salad. And I always like something sweet, so either some kind of fruit, or raisins or dried cranberries. I have turned into a salad dressing snob, so Ilike to make my own, but its really simple: equal parts mustard, oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey or maple syrup. Alternative dressing: salsa (love) and BBQ sauce (can be kind of ‘pricey,’ so beware)

    That whole calorie count thing–if you have a day where you come in low, and you are not hungry, you should go with it. That is one of my problems I have identified–if I have more calories to spend, I will spend them, regardless of how full I am.

    Run Jill, Run! (Forrest Gump reference)

  3. Good for you. I’m glad you ditched the complicated weight loss group scenarios. C25K is such a great program. It is very motivating. You will be running a mile before you know it.

    Are you watching your proteins/fats/carbs to make sure they are balanced, too?

    On the marriage/husband thing– this is my opinion. I think it matters to men what their wives look like. I think a lot of men just deal with having overweight wives, and don’t say anything because they know how much it would hurt their spouse if they did. Your husband has a beautiful wife, no matter what your weight. But you are right not to take him for granted. Men are visual creatures. They also respond to confidence in women, regardless of a woman’s size. I don’t feel confident or sexy when I’m overweight; it’s not just about what my husband SEES when he looks at me. It’s about how I feel about myself. BUT, it IS about what my husband SEES, because he is a visual person, because he’s a man. Like it or not, they care what our bodies look like, although for most men an out of shape wife is not a reason to get a divorce. It can be a reason for an unhappy marriage, and that is usually because the wife is so unhappy with herself.

    We haven’t had anyone close to us (in our age group/our peers) get a divorce or separate yet. I’m sort of surprised, but maybe it’s because we all still have young kids. I wonder what will happen in another 10 years?

    Keep it up and keep posting.

  4. My weight affects my marriage because I am so unhappy with myself. I am tired all the time, I don’t want him to see me naked or touch any fat bits, even in the dark. And, of course, no matter how reassuring he is, I know he would prefer a more slender wife.

    But, like you, I am on my way. About 1 pound since Sunday. Go us!

  5. Eat.Less.Food.
    Seems simple enough.

    But, yet, here we are.

    Oh, there are beautiful times of eating less and just enough to fuel this body with just what it needs. Meals are orchestrated and everything is in tune.

    And then there are times when, TWANNNGGGG, something is just off. “Eat less food” sounds like “Toer flep fjooe.” I have no idea what that means nor how to obtain it. My body needs some special decoder to translate a seemingly simple concept into something doable.

  6. My favorite salad addition is black beans (from the can, rinsed and drained). I like to dress that salad with half salad dressing and half mango salsa (I get it at Costo, and it’s only 10 calories per tablespoon). Leftover sweetcorn scraped off the cob is a great addition also.

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