In the last few months I’ve noticed that my portion sizes have slowly increased in size, I’ve been snacking on junk more frequently and I’ve greatly decreased the amount of exercise I’ve been doing – the obvious consequence of those changes are….yep, increased numbers on the scale and increased inches around my waist.
I’ve mentioned at least twice in the last few weeks that “it’s time to do something about it” but all I’ve managed to do so far is to stop the weight gain, those extra few pounds (nearly 10 pounds from my final weightwatchers goal weigh in) haven’t gone anywhere. When I weighed nearly 200lbs I would never have noticed an extra 10lbs, but now it’s the difference between my trousers fitting me or feeling uncomfortable all day long. When I went for my first weigh in with weightwatchers I promised myself that 1) I would get to goal and 2) I would stay there…I would never take my body for granted again and eat as though I was Teflon and calories didn’t stick. It’s been a year since I lost nearly 60lbs and my weight stayed perfect until about 3 months ago…..now it’s slipping back upwards because I’ve started to care less about myself again.
So since its 30 days until Kathy’s birthday and there are no celebrations (excuses) between now and then I have set myself a challenge to get back on track. The challenge is simple:
1) Portion control and food tracking
2) No eating out – not even once!
3) Exercise daily – even if it’s just a quick walk with the dog
That’s it, nothing crazy, and nothing too hard – I basically could have written “I challenge myself to try harder” but this way I have simple basic rules to keep the excuses at bay. There is one other important element to weight-loss that I’ve discovered and that accountability, I don’t go to weightwatchers anymore (for various reasons) but the accountability of that weekly weigh in was a huge factor in my weightloss – so I’m going to be accountable to you instead.
In 30 days you’ll be able to tell if I stuck to my challenge or if I’m full of excuses. Anyone else want to join in?