Friday, March 05, 2010

The First Three Days

Alright. So I've been on this new weight-loss regime for three days (today will be day four).

It's a huge big giant change from what my otherwise "normal" routine is, and it's very effective. It doesn't surprise me that it's effective, though. Because that's the thing about these programs: if you do them, they work.

One of the anonymous commenters on my last post asked a very important question. I'm paraphrasing, but s/he basically was like, "Um, this is all well and good for losing weight. But what the hell are you going to do once the weight is lost?"

So I realized I should point out a few things.

1) I didn't gain this weight slowly, over time, where it just kept creeping up and I didn't notice and suddenly I'm wondering how I got to be THIS big. I have been *about* this size for over a decade.

2) When I successfully lost ~50 lbs in college, I kept most of that weight off for a few years. I wouldn't say gaining it back was a conscious decision, but I wasn't oblivious to it happening, either. (It followed meeting my first husband and the subsequent body-comfortability that comes with being in a cozy relationship.)

3) It's not that I don't know how to lose weight; it's that I just don't do what I have to do.

I don't need to learn portion control. I don't need to learn how many calories are in things. I don't need to learn what good fats are. I don't need to learn that eating less stuff more often is better than eating a couple giant meals a day. I totally know.

I just don't so much do.

I don't want weight-loss to be hard. So I constantly come up with new and better ways for me to "eat healthy" without sacrificing much. It usually works a little, slowly, but then I get frustrated. And I start on a slippery slope of "a little more of this won't ruin the week." And it wouldn't, if I didn't find a reason to say that every day.

Then there's also the occasional all-or-nothing mindset I get into, where if I eat something bad, I decide I've blown the whole day and may as well start fresh in the morning.

Ultimately, I believe I will be able to maintain my weight once I get where I'm going*. Getting there is the hard part.

Details about this diet so far can be found on my review blog, here.



*By the way? My goal is not to be "skinny" -- at least not right now. My goal is to be a happy, healthy, comfortable weight and dress size. One that lets me shop in normal (non-plus-size) clothing stores, even for bras. OH GLORY DAY.


10 comments:

  1. My goal is not to be skinny, either, since I never have in my life. BUT I used to be in pretty good shape, I looked good in my clothes that I bought at normal stores, and I worked out a lot and felt ... not like, 'tight', or anything, but pretty good. Unfortunately, right now I am so freaking tired from not sleeping through the night for years, I am concentrating on not going crazy in the night and killing everyone and sometimes that involves cookies. I am looking forward to looking at your dieting regime, thanks.

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  2. i don't think people realize that many of us who are...uh...rounder... know more about healthy eating than anyone.

    doesn't mean we DO it all the time, but ask anyone who's been on a weight-loss program more than once in their lives about counting calories and portion size. we know.

    cheering you on to get to where you want to be!

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  3. My Doctor told me of a great book Intuitive Eating. Check it out. I identified with lots of the scenarios in there. It discusses mindful eating.

    I too need to lose weight. Never been skinny but would love to lose 20-30 pounds and then I would be comfortable in my own skin. I too could do it but I find so many excuses and just need to focus. Okay I have been lazy!!!

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  4. I lost 30 pounds on Medifast in 2006. I gained back some, lost it again a few times. Now I use a bodybugg to keep track of things and don't go to the Medifast extreme, but it was useful at the time.

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  5. I hope it's successful for you Kristy, it certainly isn't easy to loose weight no matter how you plan to do so.

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  6. "...even for bras." Oh, such a worthy goal. I so relate.

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  7. I don't know if I'll ever experience the joys of shopping in a non-specialty store for bras, so I can *completely* imagine the allure of just being able to walk in and buy something. The novelty! (In the meanwhile, I totally recommend herroom.com for internet bras - they've got crazy sizes available, and thank god they do.)

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    require a prescription! ST

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