Eating right and exercise really does work!! ;)
I've been stuck gaining and losing the same two pounds since before Christmas. One morning I'm 224, the next I'm 225 or even 226. I'm the first to admit that I indulged at Christmas and have had a hard time resisting sugar ever since. It's so crazy how easily my body begins to CRAVE sugar once I start to indulge just a little bit!
But this week I really kicked it into gear. I've been good about my water consumption, better about my protein intake (still need to work on this) and I've gone to the gym three times. Part of me thinks I need a small fill since it's been months since I've had one. But if I really take a step back and evaluate my restriction level, I realize that I have good restriction when I work the band. When I eat three small meals and a couple of healthy snacks and plenty of water, I'm fine. But as soon as I start eating junk or grazing between meals, suddenly I'm hungry all the time. So, as it stands right now, no fill for me.
This morning the scale showed a new low... 222.2 lbs! That's a loss of over 74 lbs. in the seven months since my surgery! My next big goal is to hit one-derland by my one-year bandiversary on June 9th, which is also my 30th birthday. In a perfect world, I'll get down to 197.7 lbs. which is not only one-derland, but it'll be 100 lbs. lost in one year.
I'm cautious about putting this goal on too high of a pedestal. 100 lbs. lost is totally attainable, but I don't want to get so focused on the numbers that I lose sight of the reason I did all this. It's not about just the numbers, and I don't want to forget that. It's about getting healthier. It's about being able to play with my boys without getting winded. It's about hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and being able to breathe. It's about no more sleep apnea. No more bad cholesterol. No more pre-diabetes.
If I don't make it to one-derland by June 9th, I will still be happy. I will look back at the past year and be proud of how hard I worked and how far I came. I will know deep down that I have permanently changed my life and my family's life for the better.
But onederland should would be a nice 30th birthday gift to myself...