State of the Weight Wednesday

{I’m jumping on Miranda’s weight loss series.  She blogs at Not Super, Just Mom and has begun chronicling her weight loss journey.  She is much braver than I am in that she shares her actual weight with the world, something that I could never bring myself to do.}

I’ve mentioned before that I am locked in a never-ending struggle to lose weight.  It’s just not something that has been or will ever be easy for me, short of starving myself.  And I really don’t want to do that.

Nonetheless, I am slowly but surely starting to lose a tiny little bit of weight.  On Monday I had a 1-month follow-up with my doctor, and he confirmed that I had lost 7 pounds since I last saw him four weeks ago.  He was quite pleased, as was I.  I don’t have a scale at home {I should really get one}, so I use the crappy rotary scale at work to guesstimate my weight for my Facebook group’s weight loss challenge.  It was nice to have something to show for my efforts over the past month.

Speaking of my efforts, I am still running three or four times a week, and playing tennis once or twice as the weather permits.  I’ve given up all sodas, and drink only water, milk, and the occasional sweet tea or iced coffee on the weekends.  I honestly don’t even miss soda.  I drink water all day long and don’t really get thirsty anymore, which tells me that I am actually properly hydrated for the first time in a very long while.  I don’t crave sweets much anymore, except for the occasional homemade chocolate chip cookie.  I don’t snack that much except for fruit during the day, and I try to eat a high protein breakfast in the mornings and a sensible lunch.  Dinner is always pretty haphazard, but if I don’t get out of control during the day then I can usually stick to something healthy and light.  I still eat the occasional bowl of pasta or bread, but I’m not really craving it and don’t think about eating it unless the husband or children ask for it.  So overall, I’d say I’m doing fairly well at changing my habits, and hopefully I can stick to them for the long run.

I think 7 pounds over the course of a month is a nice, steady way to lose weight.  Sure, I would love to be one of those people who could drop weight very easily and keep it off, but that’s just not in my genetic makeup.  And I can’t afford any of the weight loss systems like Shaklee or Nutrisystem or Medifast.  {Although if any of these companies would like to work with me, I promise you I would be your biggest success story.  See what I did there?}  So I am just going to try to do this the old fashioned way.  Hopefully I will continue to lose weight at a good pace.  At a rate of 7 pounds a month, give or take, I could possibly be 50 pounds lighter by the end of this year.  But I’d like to get that weight off much sooner, if possible.

The goal for this week is food journaling.  I dabble in keeping track of my calories, and I do a good job of logging my meals usually.  It’s the random bites here and there that get me.  The handful of cashews, the bites of dinner as I’m preparing it, or the miniature chocolate bar that I eat out of boredom.  But this week I’m going to do my best to keep track of every bite that goes in my mouth.  I did this a few weeks ago for my FB group’s weight loss challenge, and it was very eye opening.  But I just can’t eat like everyone else.  I have to be ever conscious of what I am eating, because I tend to be a grazer and it can get out of hand very quickly.

Are you trying to lose weight and get healthy?  Why not join Miranda and other bloggers like me and let’s keep each other accountable!

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