Today is July 1, 2015 and we are now six months into the year. Halfway through... two quarters. So it's time for another quarterly report. I posted my State of the Body address for Quarter 1 here. Looking back, I have to say the progress for Quarter 2 was sorely lacking. In the first quarter, I lost six pounds (nine if you count from my high of 248) and got down to 239. In quarter 2, I gained one pound in the past 3 months (today's weight: 240 pounds... up three from last month). My clothing sizes, appearance, meds, and health is about the same as it was three months ago. My eating has been similar but with some junkier, higher calorie days thrown in this past month.
So as I said yesterday, I am giving it One Last Shot for July, and if I cannot stick to my goals I am done. Yesterday to get ready, I went shopping and bought produce and meat, Greek yogurts, protein bars, almonds, and string cheese. I also decided to allow artificial sweeteners back in for a time while I am getting myself off sugar. I got some diet sodas and sugar free jellos to ease through the sugar withdrawal period, and I also added back decaf coffee yesterday morning with a bit of creamer. I know opinions vary wildly on whether or not this is a good move, but I've had success with this method in the past (having a calorie free or low cal sweet when I get cravings) and it has worked to help me through sugar withdrawals. It's temporary and I will cut them back out when I feel more solid in my eating. I just need to get a good couple of weeks under my belt and build some momentum to keep this going.
I outlined my plan in my post yesterday, and I'll reevaluate at the end of the month. Long term, I believe the best thing for me will be to transition to an AIP-style way of eating for maintenance. AIP is an elimination diet, but I felt really well on it. I am going to use those guidelines as a framework for maintenance, adding things back that I feel good eating (but staying gluten free. I have been gluten free for months now and intend to stay that way).
Yesterday I went swimming for about 50 minutes. Today I will bike. Other days I will walk. I do not have a set duration or intensity for my exercise; I have limiting factors with my joints and tendons that I use as my guide for how much to do. I intend to do what I can without hurting myself, and slowly increase to at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. Yes, swimming hurts my knees right now (bursitis) but I do it anyway and focus more on arm movements and being gentle with the legs. Pretty much every exercise causes me some degree of pain, but I am going to what I can anyway.
Today so far: coffee with a bit of low fat milk and stevia drops, a protein shake, smoked salmon, and lots of water. FitBit says 2640 steps so far (11 am). I am going to a potluck tonight and am making cucumber salad to bring. *Side note: I will be measuring and weighing and tracking all my food at home in MyFitnessPal, but if I go to a restaurant I have to rely on their nutrition stats or my best guesses. I also will go by my best guesses if I go to a potluck or someone's house for a meal. No, I am not going to carry a food scale and measuring cups with me everywhere I go. I will err on the side of caution (overestimate when not sure) and try to limit these unmeasured meals to twice per week.
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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