In January, according to the age and height weight charts, I was 44 pounds overweight. Thats well into the "obese" category!
Losing 44 pounds seemed an impossible goal, so I just tried to improve my eating habits and hoped the weight would melt away.
Half way there.
The first ten pounds just disappeared at the rate of three or four pounds a week.
The next ten were harder, but I did manage to lose about two pounds a week.
But it has taken three weeks to drop the last two pounds!
I think my body is telling me it is time to relax a bit and just maintain my current weight. I have read that if you lose weight to fast your metabolism resets to prevent starvation.
For the next few weeks, the only thing that I will change are my expectations.
I intend to continue to count and log my calories and fiber grams. I will continue to try to stay around 1500 calories a day and aim for as much fiber as I can. I will also still continue to exercise every day. I've been on the treadmill every morning. It feels good and gets me going. Now that it has stopped raining, I might get out for some real walks.
Of course, if I lose a few more pounds, I won't be unhappy! But if I don't I won't beat myself up about it and get depressed.
I miss a few things. Including wine, potatoes, cheddar cheese, hamburgers, and ice cream. On the other hand, the smell of fast food is almost noxious.
I have discovered so many new recipes. Food that is not soaked in grease or butter, great vegetarian entrees, and new grains like bulgar. Love that tabouli.
I have also started to think of the "meat" portion of a meal as small and secondary, instead of begin "what's for dinner." Often no meat is included in my meal plans, and that has become OK.
Fortunately, I do not need to go out and buy new clothes. Most of my wardrobe has always been stretchy, and still fits just fine. Actually my clothes are fitting the way they should fit, instead of being to tight!
I know I am still "overweight" by 22 pounds, but if I don't lose another ounce in the near future it will be OK. I have three weeks until I get new blood work. I wonder what my blood sugar will look like. I know I eat more fruit than might be recommended. We shall see.
Healthy eating is the goal. It is not second nature yet, but hopefully it will be someday!
I feel very lucky to have a healthy body. I know I should cherish each day and make the most of my time. I don't always do that. But I've been trying.