So, I am not too big into New Years Resolutions. I guess I just feel like, for me, it is just a wish list that I usually don’t honor. I feel like it just kind of sets me up for failure. I do believe in making goals, though. For 2019, I would like to create some health goals.
It’s my hope by reaching some health goals I can achieve a healthier weight. I’ve never blogged about weight loss and I have never posted on social media about weight loss- but now I intend to. I’m hopeful that by ‘publicly’ talking about my goals and what I’m doing to achieve them that I will become more accountable.
My first bout of weight loss occurred around 12 years old. I was a very overweight kid and I used food to soothe my emotions after my parent’s divorce. I was a latch key kid, and the time I was left alone was lonely- I turned to food. I remember stepping on a scale at my Aunt’s house at Christmastime and being horrified at how much I weighed. From that point I set out to lose weight- and I did- 30 pounds of it.
I’d love to say that the weight stayed off and I lived happily ever after- but it didn’t. I have since gained and lost 30 to 50+ pounds over the last 25 years- over and over and over again. I’ve gone through periods of strict diets to the other extreme of not caring and eating anything. The truth is that I am so very tired of this battle. I would love to find a balance- of health and a healthy weight. I’m tired of crazy diets, I’m looking for a life syle I sustain my life.
So, this is the start of Weight Loss Wednesdays for me. It’s not all about weight loss- it is also about heath- a healthy spiritual life, a healthy body, healthy mentality. I don’t have the answers- but I’m looking for them. So here’s the beginning (really a continuation) of the journey I’m on.
Things I plan to work on this week:
- I need to drink more water. I drink a lot….. of diet mountain dew (hey, it’s made of flavored, carbonated water). My diet mountain dew habit is bad, I know, but it’s mine. I have no plans, at this point, to cut it out completely, but I need to cut back (and maybe eliminate it in the future). My plan is to drink water- at least eight 8 ounce glasses.
- Walk- for at least 30 minutes a day. My daughter and I started using an app- C25K- Couch to 5 K- it alternates walking and jogging to build endurance. I’m not sure if I will continue running, but I do enjoy walking. I’m looking for sustainable changes and I know for certain I can handle walking.
- Low Carb ‘ish’. I am not planning to go full-on keto, but I do plan on concentrating on meat and lower carb vegetables for the majority of meals. I’m not certain that I won’t eat fruit. Again, I’m trying to focus on healthy sustainable changes. I can eliminated sugar, rice, potatoes, bread and flour with healthy substitutes that are low in carbs.
I’ll let you know next week how it has gone!