Admittedly I haven’t exactly been nearly as active at trying to lose weight this summer as I was in the springtime when I lost my first 20 pounds. Today I weighed in for the first time in 8 weeks and found that I’ve gained 0.2 pounds since that last victory, and frankly, I’m ok with that.
Mainly because it helps to reassure myself that I’m going to be able to keep the weight off once I actually get to my target goal. I barely exercised in the last month and a half, and I had my share of indulgences as well, but not so much that I felt like a pig … most of the time, anyways … so it’s kind of comforting to know that I can let up from time to time without throwing all of my hard work away…
I can only imagine how devastating it would’ve been to step on that scale and see it jump right back up over 250 again!
But that said, I do still have quite a long ways to go, so I think it’s time to finally get back to work. I’ve decided that I want to lose a little over 8 pounds by my birthday (August 25th) to get me to my next milestone, and I think that 8 lbs in 33 days is certainly doable if I can focus and get myself back on track. I’ve already got ideas for exercise – last night I took Cleo for an hour-long walk and then swam to cool down for another hour after that, so I think just making that a regular habit of 3-4 times a week should be ok there. As for food, that one’s honestly my real enemy – not only do I need to curb my snacking, but regular meals could also stand some attention as well. I’ll probably write more about it next week, but basically I need some better organization around what I’m eating so I’m not either settling for bad food or just skipping meals and scavenging for whatever I can find throughout the night. Still doable – I just need to refocus.
Dare I say that today marks the first day of phase 2 of this weight loss journey of mine???