Starting Over

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.)

Starting Weight

144

Starting Measurements

waist: 31
high bust: 36
bust: 38
belly button: 36
high hip: 40
hip: 42
thigh: 24
bicep: 12

(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.

Today’s Weight

139

Today’s Measurements

waist: 30
high bust: 36
bust: 37
belly button: 33.5
high hip: 38
hip: 40
thigh: 24
bicep: 12

I think I can. I think I can.

13 thoughts on “Starting Over

  1. Anne

    April 22, 2009 at 8:52am

    YAY for you! Sounds like a totally reasonable, sensible way to do it :) The internets, or at least my part of it, are proud of you! (oh, and my part is jealous too :)

  2. kara marie

    April 22, 2009 at 8:56am

    You are Awesome! 5 lbs is a great start, especially after just one week!!

  3. Ellen B.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:58am

    I thought it was just the new lipstick I saw you wearing! Wow! Now I know. You’re lookin’ great!

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  4. Julia

    April 22, 2009 at 8:50pm

    You are so inspiring! I’m currently on the road and realizing that if I don’t gain any weight I’ll be amazed. So I sort of have a delayed start on my 10 pound reduction.

    Keep going you awesome woman!

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  5. Lori

    April 23, 2009 at 6:07am

    you know, i think it was tim ferris (?! – i have a bad memory) who wrote about severely restricting calories *but* having “normal” food and desserts on saturdays .. he said it allows you to keep losing weight without plateauing and without having your body go into PANIC DEFCON 5 mode (which is what always happens to me) .. the kind of thing that causes you go gain all the weight back as soon as you stop the severe restricting. i would provide a link, but i am disorganized.

    good luck!

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  6. Annika

    April 23, 2009 at 7:01am

    It seems more intuitive to me to gradually increase portion sizes, etc., after losing the weight. Not that I am opposed to treats (I am definitely pro-treat) but I think my body would freak the fuck out if I tried to eat a big meal OR dessert, let alone both.

  7. ~Sheryl

    April 23, 2009 at 8:19am

    You are doing great!! I think we all have to do what we feel works for our own body and mind. I found a site sparkpeople dot com, they have nutritional content of so many foods. I use it regularly to help me calculate where I am calorie wise. You can also track weight, exercise and measurements if you so desire. You should check it out.

    Yeay you!!

    ~Sheryl’s last blog post..A view from the inside…

  8. Annika

    April 23, 2009 at 8:23am

    I actually checked out SparkPeople yesterday and didn’t care for it, but I liked the idea and got some suggestions for alternatives. So far FitDay.com is my favorite.

  9. Kim

    April 23, 2009 at 11:15am

    Holy crap. Five pounds is one thing, but 2″??? Wow! I’m seriously in awe. Keep it up!

    I exercise for three reasons:
    1. It’s fun
    2. It’s a great stress reliever
    3. It lets me eat whatever I want in quantity.

    Personally, I think I’d have a hard time with extreme calorie restriction. Or rather, those around me would. I get extremely grumpy when I’m hungry. Also, exercise-wise, your body does need rest days to rebuild.

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