Sunday, March 3, 2013
Going Down — Finally!
And as I've said, I keep gaining and losing the same five pounds, over and over — except this week three more crept on, and that was alarming. I'd gone up to 255.5, the highest I've been for a while, and the scale would not move, despite my best intentions.
But I think yesterday's walk really helped (and also it's Day 3 of my special ladytime; my weight always spikes at first then goes down), and this morning's scale reported a three-pound loss. Yay! And: about freaking time! (This, mind you, after a dinner of sausage and cake, though I had just one reasonable portion of each.) I'm still six pounds away from my last weigh-in (January 27), but still. It feels good to be moving in the right direction again.
Here's the thing: You can lose weight without exercising if you dramatically cut your calories. You are unlikely to lose weight if you only exercise and continue to overeat. I know that of the two, food choices make more of a difference (in terms of weight loss) than exercise choices. (My zumba teacher always says, "Great abs start in the kitchen.")
BUT: I don't want to dramatically cut my calories! That's been my thing all along. I want to figure out how I can lose weight and still eat the foods I like. What balance of smaller portions of the less healthy and larger portions of the more healthy (yet still delicious), and how many days of fun exercise, will allow me to reach and maintain my dream weight? That is what my approach has been about.
This cold winter has taken a toll on my good habits, but spring is definitely in the air.
—Lady C, happy loser