Just a little update on my weight loss journey/adventure/enormous mountain that looks too big to climb but I’m going for it anyway.
As I mentioned in my previous post, Susan’s Getting Her Sh*t Together, I am working on dropping a buck. One HUNDRED pounds, that is. (A buck makes it sound so much easier.) I think I can achieve that in about a year. I started my weight-loss efforts in earnest about a month ago, and so far have gotten 10% of the way to my goal. For you non-math majors out there, that’s 10 pounds I’ve shed.
How am I doing it? Well, it isn’t rocket science, though weight loss has achieved some kind of mythical too-complex-to-comprehend status in this country full of overweight and obese people. I basically keep track of my food intake (calories, protein, carbs, fat, fiber) and try to stay within my recommended limits — courtesy of SparkPeople. And I work out with a trainer once or twice a week, plus additional gym workouts on my own. I’ve been doing beginner-level strength training, each session focusing on a different area of my body (arms/chest, core/back, legs/butt, etc.) I also do cardio on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine.
It’s the actual making myself do all this that’s hard. I have to keep thinking about what we have to eat in the house, what I’m going to eat next, how many calories I’ve consumed so far that day. I have to constantly resist urges, temptations, habits to reach for the fattiest, sweetest junk. I have to force myself to leave my work or kids behind and exercise. (Yes, I exercise with my kids, too, but sometimes I need to focus and do it at the gym and with my trainer.)
I’m also leaning on a support network of family and friends who are working on their own fitness and cheering me on. They help keep me honest and accountable. And they offer tips and advice when I’m having trouble.
There’s no magic pill or procedure that will accelerate my 100-pound weight loss. I just have to keep on keepin’ on, 10% here, 20% there, till I reach my ultimate summit of being a fit, fab, hot mama. And this is just the beginning.