2012 – A Healthier Year for ME!!!
One of the accomplishments I am working on for 2012 is a Healthier Me and to lose a pound a week until my birthday (or until I reach desired weight). To put in more bluntly I have gone from pleasantly plump to fat! UG UG UG ! How did that happen. I remember being a size 3 after my 3rd baby. Maybe it was working nights at the hospital and all the cokes and candy bars that helped me stay awake. Or perhaps when I worked as a newspaper distributor it was the donuts I ate or Burger King cini minis that I ate when delivering papers to the carriers, or maybe the over 50 bulge! lol. Whatever started the spiral upward it is to stop and go backwards!
Well I started to actively try to lose a few pounds (aiming toward a pound a week) in February and I am proud to say that I have exceeded my goal so far and have lost 12 pounds! YEA!!! Of course being sick might have actually started this downward climb?
First I bought a new scale. It does all kinds of fancy things but mainly I wanted an accurate scale with a digital print out that I could see over all of my excess pounds.
Then I started to watch my calories – making myself wait to eat breakfast until closer to 9 a.m. even though I am up by 6, Change that to only one piece of toast, going whole grain, more fruits and adding more vegetables to my diet (my Mom didn’t make me eat veggies and I am still learning to add some to my likes now. ), making portions much smaller and no snacks in the evening. In addition I have been making sure to drink lots of water so it makes me stay full and limiting other types of drinks..
Next, I am going to add exercise to my daily agenda but have had to wait because the first week in February my asthma flared and I spent a couple of nights in the hospital. Almost well enough but now have another respiratory infection. Lol.
I have figured out several snacks that I can eat mid morning and mid afternoon that are healthy and I like plus they make me feel as though I am really eating things I like. So far I snack on apples, bananas, peanuts, cheese sticks and occasionally a scoop of ice cream. Jell-O is another low cal snack. To keep my heart healthy and happy I have found that I can eat 3 dark chocolate hearts for 120 calories. My biggest indulgence while cutting calories. Lunch is usually half a grilled chicken breast and a salad.
Have any of you reached your goals or resolutions set in January?