One of the most common resolutions that people make is to lose weight and get healthy. Many people (myself included) turn to whatever is the latest fad to help themselves shed pounds. For me, I had determined that I was going to start doing the Keto Diet. I had joined a few groups on Facebook several months ago and after seeing the members’ progress, I was ready to dive in.
On Wednesday night, I decided to take a bath and read a magazine (tmi, right? Ha!). For some reason, I have several magazine subscriptions even though I never paid for them. I don’t know what kind of magic skills I have, but I wish it would extend to getting groceries and diapers without paying for them…
The magazine I picked up was the January 2018 issue of Women’s Health, so it was full of workouts and healthy recipes. One article talked about a woman’s experience with stopping the Paleo Diet and focusing on eating real food. For some reason, that article hit me like lightning. I am so guilty of over-complicating things and giving myself too many “rules” about certain things. The concept of just focusing on eating real food most of the time seems so simple but effective.
I’m not a stranger to this idea. When I was more active at the gym I used to go to (RIP muscles), I participated in a few weight loss challenges that focused on this concept. Somehow this had gotten lost to me as I continued to gain weight and started to get desperate to find the quickest, easiest fix that I could.
I’m not condemning anyone for any dietary choices they choose to make. If you have found that Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Raw Foods, or whatever approach works best for you, then congratulations and enjoy yourself! However, for me, it’s time to get back on board with the idea of keeping it simple and straightforward. It’s time for me to just eat real food.
(I’m seven weeks in, and I’m already running out of cheesy intros. For shame!)
This week’s change : -0.2 pounds
Overall total : -4.2 pounds
Part of me is excited that there was a loss, and the other part of me wonders if I should even share losses like that. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been working too hard at this, so the fact that there was any loss was just pure, dumb luck. On the other hand, it is nice to post a loss on here, even if it is pretty minuscule.
A tiny loss despite literally no effort at all.
See above about literally no effort at all.
I’m struggling so hard to get myself together. I do want to lose weight. I’m unhappy with how I look and I’m tired of being overweight. But, I’m just not putting in the work. Maybe it is being busy with our upcoming move. Maybe it’s just a touch of laziness. I’m not sure.
Goals for next week:
Start small – increase water intake to 64 ounces a day and decrease coffee intake to one cup per day.
Sleep! I’ve been staying up too late during the last couple of weeks. As a result, I’m dragging quite often, and that usually leads to an extra sugary coffee drink or something equally as bad for me. STOP STAYING UP SO LATE, AMBER.
Is anyone else working on losing weight or improving their health? Share your story!
As I promised in yesterday’s post, I am writing about my (not so) triumphant return to this series. Technically, this should be week 6, but since I missed last week, I didn’t want to get my numbering out of order and confuse myself later on. Yep, that’s legitimately what I worry about…
This week’s change : -0.4 pounds (a loss is a loss, am I right?)
Overall change : -3.2 pounds
Hey, I had a small loss! Not too shabby considering that I haven’t been paying attention to my food at all lately.
I haven’t gone to coffee shops as often (despite the picture I posted on Instagram yesterday…). Will has concocted a new iced coffee drink, and it’s really good!
I installed the Lose It! app on my phone. I evidently used to have an account, so when I recovered my info and updated my stats, it gave me an oh-so-helpful notice that I’ve gained 81 pounds since the last time I used it. 81. Pounds. Granted, I knew I gained around 50 pounds when I was pregnant, and I’m not sure when that weight was in there, but it was very sobering to see.
Weighing in at the doctor. It was annual checkup, and I had really hoped to be smaller at this point. Of course, you can hope all day, but if you don’t put any work into it, then nothing will change…
Since we’re moving later this month, I’m already finding myself starting to make excuses about why I can’t try to eat healthily and exercise until after we’re settled in. The truth is though that there’s always going to be some kind of life event that can derail me if I let it. There’s always going to be a birthday, a celebration, stress, life changes, sick kids, not enough sleep, etc. If I make excuses for everything, then nothing will ever change.
Goals for next week:
Start from scratch. Figure out what I’m trying to accomplish, set goals – little and big, and make a plan for my meals, exercise, and health for this upcoming week. — This is what I said on my week 4 update, and since I didn’t do that then, I’m going to repeat this goal!