Time to get things started

by Alison on July 7, 2009

I’m not even sure where to begin. I have been on this weight loss journey for 6 months now. This is certainly not my first effort at weightloss but I am determined it will be my LAST. For some reason this time it all clicked. A lightbulb went off and it has been easier than ever before. Was it the prep work I did before I started? Was it that the motivation was totally mine and not some desire to look better for others or because my doctor told me to? I’m not sure but it has been easier, I was ready and it has followed from there.

I have not lost every week, and I’m not fool enough to think that I will, that’s probably part of the difference, I’m looking at the big downward trend without dates attached, I will reach my goal when I do and an arbitrary date on the calendar won’t change that. Yes, I do have goals, I would like to average 1.5 pounds a week, note average not lose 1.5 pounds a week. So I’m looking at months not weeks or days. So far I’m a bit short of that but not much.

How am I doing it? WeightWatchers and exercise. I am following the Momentum program and working out regularly.

What am I eating. Anything I want. IN MODERATION. I have had ice cream, I have wine with dinner a few times each week. I weigh in on Saturday morning and I usually use the bulk of my weekly points on Saturday (some on Sunday) to indulge in higher calorie foods or beverages. This works great for me, I never feel deprived, i’m not loaded with sodium for a weigh-in (hence i try not to eat out on Fridays and have the scale reflect water weight and not a real picture), and I am still enjoying eating out and eating higher calorie options. The key for me is to indulge and then go back to my program. Even the indulgences are part of the program, they are planned, they are calories I plan to spend in a particular way to help me stay on target for the long term.

This is long term, this is the way I plan to eat for the rest of my life. Healthy eating and exercise that’s my long term plan and goal.

Ultimately I would like to lose just over 100 pounds which would be almost 125 pounds from my highest recorded weight. I did manage to keep off almost 25 pounds from the last time I did weightwatchers and lost 50 pounds, maintenance will be the key, losing I know I can do, I have to look at how to live the rest of my life so I keep it off.

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Polly July 7, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Way to go Alison!

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