I made a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight and get fit. I know, how original of me. I’ve tried before with plenty of success but I never got past a certain point, and over time I got heavier again. Because of delicious, delicious beer. We all have our downfalls.
In January I gave up beer and cut WAY back on dairy, even taking my coffee black. I also went outside EVERY day. Not exactly exercise, but moving a little and getting fresh air.
I lost ten pounds.
In February I got sick and it lasted weeks and I wasn’t moving as much. In March I had some beer. I gained about five of it back.
Last Tuesday evening I decided things HAD. TO. CHANGE.
On Wednesday morning a week ago I weighed myself and started counting calories and exercising for serious. And I set a goal, one that I think is reasonable if a little difficult: I will lose ten pounds by Sam’s third birthday, which is May 19th. (I asked Twitter if ten pounds in a month was reasonable, and most of the responses were favorable. One person said it was “insane” but we all know I’m crazy so that’s OK.)
high bust: 36
belly button: 36
high hip: 40
(I didn’t think to take my measurements till Friday, and I’ll be honest: I’d already felt myself slim down a bit. Also, I had no idea what to measure! If I left anything off, let me know.)
I am seriously restricting calories. No dairy except for butter and yogurt in moderation, no sugar (a little honey or agave is fine) or simple carbs–actually, I’m not eating a lot of complex carbs either right now, but I expect that to change. The body needs grains, but mine needs to get used to small portions before I eat foods that both fill you up and make you feel hungry faster. I’m eating a TON of vegetables. I gave up coffee for Lent and haven’t taken it back up.
I’m going for a brisk walk every other day, pushing Sam in the jogging stroller. (Thank god he is still willing to ride occasionally. I don’t know how I’ll get any exercise if/when he starts refusing, because if he’s walking he stops every ten feet to look at something–which is charming and fine unless you’re trying to get a workout). On the alternate days I’ve been doing jumping jacks, crunches, and push-ups. I can’t do prone push-ups AT ALL so I do them at an incline, on the arm of an easy chair. I plan to add in leg lifts and some weights, and I’m thinking about hula hooping.
I took Sunday off deliberately. I still ate the same but I lazed around and it was marvelous. Yesterday was kind of a failure in the exercise department, but one off day isn’t too discouraging. Yet. I have been eating great without fail.
It’s been exactly one week. I have lost five pounds.
high bust: 36
belly button: 33.5
high hip: 38
I think I can. I think I can.