In those four weeks I made a number of changes to my life style and eating habits, some more obvious than others. These changes include:
- No more soft drinks (diet included). Unsweet tea, water, milk, and coffee only... with the occasional beer on cheat day.
- No fast food. Nothing from a drive through and very rarely anything fried.
- Small meals every three hours. If I had to go much more than that I started getting pretty hangry (anger induced by hunger). I spend most of my Sunday mornings cooking several meals to last all week.
- Lots more fruit and veggies. Salads, celery, kale, carrots, green beans, oranges, apples etc...
- No sweets. Nope, none except for cheat days.
- Biweekly cheat days. I actually prefer this plan to weekly cheat days.
- Hitting the gym. Five days a week whenever possible. I am up to 3 miles in about 35 minutes on the elliptical.
- No food after 8 pm. With the exception of a piece of beef jerky on occasion.
- Portion Control. No more kiddie pool sized plates at dinner time.
- Less red meat. I still eat it, but most of my protein comes from chicken and turkey.
- Wake up early. My alarm is set for 7:30 every morning. Maybe not early to you, but its WAY earlier than I used to wake up.
Despite all the changes I was still somewhat terrified to step on the scale. I'm not one to lie about things like this, so the thought of having to write a blog post about my failure was quite unappealing. Ignoring my nerves I woke up on Saturday, put on my glasses, walked straight to the scale, and what did I see...?
- I have a sense of accomplishment. 17 lbs in four weeks is no small task
- More energy. With the exception of the occasional low calorie slow down, I have found myself more energetic and active.
- Old clothes fit! I have already come across three shirts that previously did not fit, two of which still had tags on them, that now fit quite well. I am proud to start wearing them.
- Making progress in the gym. I have come a long way in a month. I went from walking/jogging 1/2 mile in 15 minutes to jogging/ running three miles in 35 minutes.
- I am saving money. Massive amounts of junk food get expensive. That is an expense I no longer have to worry about.
So now I move on to the next goal, which is to weigh 250 lbs by Kentucky Derby Day (Saturday May 4th). This particular goal will require a weight loss of 11 lbs in approximately five weeks. It may also present a new set of challenges including the first (dreaded) weight loss plateau.
I'm not sure how I will tackle these challenges, or how well I will overcome them, but I do know that I am determined to do so. So with that thought in my mind and approximately 2 dozen Reese's eggs in my digestive system from this weekends cheat day, I will head back to the gym tomorrow with a smile on my face.
Look out 250 lbs, here I come!