Last Weeks Weight 192.0
Today's Weight 188.5
Total Loss: -3.5
I started my weekly weigh-In posts in 2009. Even during periods when I was binging, I forced myself to get on that scale and record the number, good or bad. I'm not going to lie, when I was making poor choices and not exercising, it was very difficult to step on that scale. Accountability for my health is an important lifestyle change I made back then. It didn't necessarily stop me from spiraling out of control but at least I was doing it with both eyes open.
Along the way I have made some good lifestyle changes. Not enough to get my weight under control or exercise when I should, but good changes none the less.
- Sodas have been gone from my life for 5 years now, I gave it up and never looked back.
- Hubby and I both gave up artificial sweeteners due to headaches and heart burn. It's been 2 years now. We like a teaspoon of sugar in our morning cup of joe so we switched to table sugar, only slightly better but we try to keep it the only sugar in our diets. Two weeks ago, I started researching stevia and started using pure stevia drops in my coffee, its not as sweet but its working, Hubby didn't want to try it so he is still on table sugar.
- We eat less carbs, we have no desire to be carb free but we have switched to brown/wild rice, whole wheat breads and pasta and sweet potatoes replaced our white ones.
- I eat less processed foods, started buying our milk and some cheese from a local dairy that does not homogenize. We buy organic from local farmers markets and farms whenever possible.
Nutrition: We do not strive to be perfect in our quest for a healthier lifestyle. We do not wish to have forbidden foods, instead we are trying to make conscious choices. Right now I strive to keep my calories @1200 per day, I do not subtract for workouts. But tracking helps me to keep my protein high, I strive for 60-80g of protein. I also like to review my food choices to analyze nutrients to be sure I am getting ample iron and b12. I don't know if tracking will always be a part of our new healthy lifestyle, it has become simpler with smart phones. For now, I need the information it provides. I still have a really long way to go to be considered healthy, but I am trying!
Fitness: I have increased my walks to 2 miles 3x a day. I am not allowed to gym for 3 more weeks but yesterday I tried some light squats.