January first I began my first ever adventure in weight loss through dieting. A few years back when I lived in Texas I found myself needing to lose a few---so I began working out like a villian; hitting the gym 5-6 days a week for an hour and a half or two hours. Back then that did the trick--no dieting required.
That's not the case these days. My schedule, age, lack of a workout partner and not having a great gym close by along with no change in eating habits let to a rather significant weight gain.
This week I crossed the 25lbs mark , a big milestone. Here are 25 lessons learned in no particular order.....
1. Weeks one and two were the worst-I wanted to cheat every day.
2. I sought emotional change in food--I used it to change my mood, find comfort and seek pleasure.
3. Weighing everyday is key. (I use this scale)
4. Breakfast is a key meal-I typically eat 3 eggs over medium and bacon or sausage.
5. It's easier to get in and out of my 1988 Honda Prelude.
6. I can survive without Dr Pepper--but I still enjoy it on cheat days.
7. Have one cheat day a week--and enjoy the heck out of it.
8. It can be difficult to stay on your diet while traveling--difficult but not impossible.
9. 10lbs = 1 size in clothes. I'm down from a XXL to a L.
10. Eating healthy actually saves you money at the grocery store.
11. Find a few meals that work for you and stick with them.
13. Saving my old jeans and shirts helped me stay on track--they served as motivation every time I went into my closet.
14. My daughters can wrap their arms around me easily.
15. I don't avoid the mirror.
16. The nightly plate of Nachos was not my friend.
17. I have more energy.
18. I have fewer body aches, except when sitting on hard surfaces. (loss of padding)
19. Almonds and beef jerky have been a lifesaver as snacks.
20. People begin noticing your weight loss at 10lbs.
21. I used to eat when I was bored.
22. Lentils with cilantro and salsa are tasty.
23. Sleep impacts weight loss--too few hours of sleep and your weight loss stalls out.
24. I gained weight in my hands.
25. This has to be a way of life for me--it's not a project, a new years resolution or good idea.
Eight more pounds to go and I'll reach my goal.