Short steps, long leaps

Last week I used this space to complain about myself.

This week I’m less whiny because while I know there’s still a long road ahead, I made some changes to put me back on the path to victory.

In no particular order, the good habits I reestablished include: drinking lots of water, eating multiple times per day, (mostly) eating according to serving size and making sure I consume essential foods including green tea, almonds and carrots.

I was completely defeated a week ago, and now I feel kinda like Stella when she got her groove back.

Truth be told, I’m not all the way there yet. I haven’t been exercising as planned, so the focus for this week is to get back on the pavement, only I’d like to increase my walks from 30 minutes per day to 45 minutes per day. I’m just having trouble getting up at 5:15 in the morning now that I’ve gotten lazy and accustomed to a 6 a.m. alarm.

Short steps, long leaps — that’s what I have to remember.

To make sure those steps aren’t in the wrong direction, I recently donated this huge pile of clothes that are too big for me to wear now. Say goodbye to size 46 jeans and XXL shirts. By donating the clothes, I won’t have them around as a safety net, just in case I start packing on the pounds again.

I plan to do this until I have a mostly-new wardrobe, preferably with size 36 pants and large shirts. If ever there was a reason to keep pushing, that pile of oversize fabric is it.

As for the scale: Today I weigh 238 lbs. I weighed 238.7 last week. That’s a one week loss of .7 lbs. I started this blog 18 weeks ago weighing 258 lbs. That’s a total loss of 20 lbs.

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4 thoughts on “Short steps, long leaps”

  1. Sometimes people forget what dieting should really be about, and that’s feeling good. That includes your health and self-esteem.
    I don’t think you get that when you limit yourself completely – food is a great pleasure in life. But indulging, or giving in to bad food every day, can be even worse. And I know you’ve kept that in mind.
    I know you’re going to overcome the dreaded “P” word.
    Besides, it’s good to know I’m not the only one awake at 5 a.m.!

    1. HAHA. That’s one of the great comforts of my life … knowing that if I’m bored on a weekday at 5 a.m. I can always call you. Thanks for the words of encouragement brother. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but I’m trying to be good. At least I’m better off than I was a few months back. =)

  2. You don’t know me, but I stalk, and I have to tell you that this post came at the perfect time. I have been struggling with my own weight loss goals, but your positive attitude really helps! Thanks for being so open and honest about all your successes and setbacks, I can imagine that some days it is tough to spill your guts to the world!

    1. Amy, thanks for posting this. Glad to meet you. I’ll say its hard to keep a positive attitude, especially when you experience success and then struggle. It’s not easy, especially when you’re dumb like me and decide to broadcast your trials and tribulations on the interwebs, but I think the accountability from great readers like you reminds me that my journey could someday be the blueprint for another. Good luck on your weight loss goals, and if you ever want to stop by here and let me know how it’s going, please do. =) Good luck!

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