Vacation in Puerto Vallarta
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Inspired by the Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'm updating this to be more current:
The good news is, I mostly have healthy habits. I cook for myself and my family, using fresh produce I buy from the local farmer's market; I enjoy going to the gym, walking or biking on the beach, and doing yoga; and in general, I'm doing the right stuff. But I also love to bake, and to entertain, and to eat. So there isn't too much low-hanging fruit, which is hard -- I can't be one of those "I quit soda and lost 50 lbs" people because I haven't had a non-diet soda in years. I'm also having trouble in the exercise department these days because I'm recovering from ACL reconstruction -- doing well, but still not cleared to jog, do yoga, or do anything plyometric.
Other personal details -- I'm 38, married with a 5 year-old and an almost 3 year-old. I live in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA, where the climate is just about ideal, and everyone (except me) looks perfect in a bikini. I work as a user experience researcher, meaning that I work with companies building digital products to help them make sure that everyone can use their website or app. And of course, I have all the challenges that come with this lifestyle -- not enough time to work out (including a long commute a few days a week). But what else is new?
I'm excited to have joined the Spring 5% weight loss challenge, and I think this will be the kick in the pants I need!
For now, we're starting small. For the Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'd like to lose 10 lbs and get from 187 to 177.
Ultimate goal would be around 155-160 lbs, which is lower than I have ever weighed in my adult life except for one short period after starting thyroid medication AND being on weight watchers. was 165 at my high school graduation and 170 at my wedding.
Here's what I commit to for Spring 2017:
Leg ACL rehab exercise set - 6 days/week (including days I go to physical therapy)
Exercise bike OR elliptical - 20+ minutes 4-5 days/week
Upper body and core weights - 2-3x/week
Other exercise (walking, biking, etc.) 2-3 days/week
Hit 10,000 steps 4 days/week
I am not following a particular diet, but I generally eat, and will continue to eat, according to the following tenets:
- Journal all food
- Stick to calorie range, max 1700 calories (don't increase for exercise)
- Focus on protein, and some healthy fats. Lots of fruits and veggies.
- Limit packaged foods; focus on homemade foods.
- Focus on whole grains rather than grains. Limit or eliminate refined grain products (bread, pasta, cereal, etc.).
- Limit added sugars. Stick to honey or maple syrup over sugar when possible. 0-calorie sweeteners OK in moderation.
- Protein and fat with every meal and snack.
- Limit dairy and us
When I was 18 months old, the doctor told my mother to stop feeding me so much. At 8 years old, I had my first memory of being told to say no to cookies. I remember multiple battles with my mother over food and weight - she'd find candy or bags of dried fruit under my bed, I'd cry, she'd cry, etc. I've been on weight watchers at least two different times. I've been to three different private nutritionists. I've journaled, I've exercised, I've done this and that.
Thank god, a lot of the external pressure to lose weight is gone. Turns out my mother was mainly worried that I would never find love (untrue; this has never been a problem for me, and I've been happily married for the last 8 years); that I would have major health problems (so far my cholesterol and blood pressure are good); and even that I wouldn't find a job (I have a great career working for myself now, which is much better than the jobs I had had in the past). But I still see the scale slowly creeping up. I was 165 i
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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| current weight: 182.5