We are back from our trip and I have to say it was one of the best long weekends ever! It was wonderful to spend time together, hike in the forest, cook on the grill at the cabin, and roast marshmallows in the fire pit. The weather was perfect and we saw so many beautiful birds, deer, and even a bear. I loved it so much I am already planning to go back to the same spot later this summer for a longer stay. I find nature so renewing! Being out in the woods makes me happy.
Well, it's been a lot of years on this blog. I am going to take one last shot at getting some weight off. I don't want to keep screwing around trying this and that, getting little to no results and blogging about it repeatedly. I think that kind of behavior and documentation has its place; for me, it has been valuable to write down what I am doing and my results and how I feel over the years, to learn about what makes me tick and what works and what doesn't and to become aware of my patterns. But I am wearing thin on patience and starting to feel like it's pretty pointless to keep blogging about my weight, eating, etc when I have tried pretty much every approach already and am just retrying things I have already done and not making meaningful progress with weight loss. I don't want to do it anymore.
I am giving it one last shot in July with a commitment to do the following:
Track my calories every day in MyFitnessPal and aim to stay around 1200-1300 calories/day.
Put the FitBit back on, wear it daily, and make an effort to keep my activity and calorie intake in a balance that will result in weight loss.
Stay gluten free and reduce my sugar intake; eat mainly produce and protein.
At least take a walk, ride the bike, or swim five days a week minimum. I believe this is *key* to my losing a significant amount of weight.
By the end of the month, have a consistent strength training routine 2-3 days a week.
If I cannot stick to this for the month of July, I quit.
Eight years is enough, so either I'm about to make a big turnaround and start losing this weight for the last time, or I'm done blogging about it.
That said, I won't ever give up on trying to be healthier and lose weight... I just won't be blogging about it until there is something truly new to report.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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