But I still have issues with sticking to a plan. Even a good plan like Weight Watchers or a flexible plan like My Fitness Pal. So... I've come up with a fun plan for the year. I don't know if I will do this for the entire year (until next October) or for just a bit. And I don't care. But here is the "plan":
I will be doing something NEW every week! And by "new" I don't necessarily mean something that I have never tried, but just that I will be switching up my meal and exercise plan every week in order to prevent myself from quitting or getting bored.
I think that I will usually stick with plans that I am familiar with, with a bit of intuitive eating in there sometimes, too. One week I may do Weight Watchers, the next I will track on My Fitness Pal. The following week I may do a strict Eat to Live plan, then I will do a week of not tracking at all and just listening to my hunger signals 100% (Intuitive Eating). And I will also buy some new books and try out some plans that I have never tried before.
Also, if I'm "on a roll" and don't want to switch plans one week, I won't. The only rules to this "plan" are the weekly ones that I will follow for whatever plan I am working that week.
So that's my plan. I know that many plans say that you need to work them for several weeks to see results, but I think that I will disprove that theory. I believe that as long as I'm tracking and striving for health each week, I will lose weight and get healthier, no matter which plan I focus on.
Since this was my birthday week (YES, I'm 28 years old now), I did a bit of overeating while my amazing brother was in town (Joel came in for a couple of days because he knew how hard my first birthday without Mom would be and because he is AWESOME!!!). I stepped on the scale this morning and I managed to maintain, not gain! So I'm happy with that. I'm tracking on My Fitness Pal for the rest of the week, and will start a different plan on Saturday.
And now for the dreaded moment that you have all been waiting for... (actually I'm not sure if that is true, but anyway...): My Updated Stats and a New "BEFORE" Picture!
I told you all that I had gained A LOT of weight since Mom's death, but I have never told you the actual number, because I was very embarassed to have gotten back to this point.
About a month ago, here were my numbers:
weight (in pounds)-
measurements (in inches)-
boobs (biggest part)- 42.5
under boobs- 38.5
upper arm- 15
waist (smallest part)- 37.75
waist (belly button)- 44
butt (widest part)- 52
thigh (widest part)- 28
thigh (midway point)- 21
I'm happy to report that after three weeks on Weight Watchers, I got down to 205.2 (-4) and that I maintained the last week. These measurements were done on September 16, so I will redo them next weekend to see if I'm any smaller...
|my new "before" picture- 209.2|
I don't have a specific goal weight this time around. I would love to get to a healthy BMI, but really I'm just hoping to look good in the clothes that I bought for my trip to NYC in May again, at which point I weighed 165 and was wearing size 14 jeans. But again, I'm taking this one week (and sometimes one day) at a time, and am in no rush.
It's time to be kind to myself, and that kindness has to include good healthy habits.