Remember last week when I said I was going to update everyone weekly on my weight loss journey and progress? Well, this is that post. It hasnâ€™t been easy, but I have been very encouraged by the support that my friends and family have shown me, so that does make it easier.
I have decided to start using Spark People to track my food, fitness and weight. I used the site in 2009 and successfully lost 15 pounds in about three months using their plan, so I know that it works for me. I just have to stick with it. If you are on Spark People and want to connect, I can be found here (username lchung1983 in case that link is broken). My food and fitness trackers are public, so you can always see what Iâ€™ve eaten, where Iâ€™m cheating and how Iâ€™m doing.
Iâ€™ll be honest, I faltered a lot this week. I did manage to stay within my calorie goal (1,200 â€“ 1,550) two days this week, while the other days I was only over by less than 50 calories (Easter and one other day are the exceptions). I still caught myself snacking a lot, but Iâ€™ve been able to curb that a bit by packing myself a healthy lunch of salad, cottage cheese and yogurt each day, along with my own healthy snacks â€“ cottage cheese cups, yogurt, fruit, etc. That way, if I do snack, itâ€™s not something Iâ€™ll want to cry over later. I have had a few sodas, but nowhere near what I had been drinking. Theyâ€™re mostly to get the massive headaches to go away and then I got right back to my 74+ ounces of water I keep in a jug on my desk each day.
I have been walking each and every day for about a mile and a half with my boss. It takes us about 20-25 minutes. I know that I need to beef up the exercise routine and get myself moving at least 30 minutes every day. Iâ€™m going to try to add in another walk during my lunch hour or morning break to bring that total workout time up to about 45 minutes each weekday. I should also start walking the dog more often and going at a more vigorous pace and that would help a lot.
In the end, I managed to lose 2 pounds this week. It could have been a lot more had I been working out more and eating better, but Iâ€™m still happy to see a loss. I really want to see this weight fall off. I need to get healthier.
Starting Weight: 180 lbs.
Current Weight: 178 lbs.
Change: -2 lbs.
Goal Weight: 130 lbs.
Now, where do we go from here? Well, I want to continue being held accountable and I think that there are enough bloggers out there trying to lose weight that we can totally do this together and work to support one another. So, Iâ€™m going to place a link-up at the bottom of this post. If you have written about your own journey to weight loss this week, I want you to link up so we can all support each other through comments. I realize that this first week may have zero links, but Iâ€™m going to keep posting it every week to give anyone that wants to join me a chance to do just that.
Please pardon the button. Itâ€™s the best I could do with my current resources. That path you see on the button is the one I walk every single day. I keep the picture as the background on my phone as a reminder that Iâ€™m on a journey and not just a quick trip. This is a lifestyle change and itâ€™s going to take work, but the journey is going to be worth it in the end.