Progress and Plateaus

Like many people, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight. I’ve consistently put on weight year-over-year since we got married 11 years ago. I decided to break the cycle this year. Heck, if Jennifer Hudson can do it, so can I.

So back in January, Alli and I started Weight Watchers Online. I’ve never been very good about watching what I eat, so being forced to enter my points every day was something I had to get used to at first.

But the progress I saw initially was pretty great. I lost my first 10 pounds in 4 weeks and felt better. Alli said I almost immediately stopped snoring, which made me feel even better.

Over the year, I’ve lost an additional 25 pounds, prompting me to get a tattoo as a reward.

Since I got over the first 30 pounds I wanted to lose, I have kind of floundered. I haven’t put all the weight back on, but I haven’t been losing anymore. It’s easy to identify why…I’ve stopped tracking my points, being less diligent about watching what I eat.

That hasn’t caused me to balloon up to my original weight, but I haven’t gotten past my initial 35 pounds, which is frustrating.

My last weigh-in, though, a small miracle. I lost 2 pounds and I finally feel like I’m back on track. This has been a challenging weekend since it’s Alli’s birthday today, but my hope is that I can make up any ground I might lose this weekend during the week.

We’ll see. My weight has been a battle for much of my life. I love food and I particularly love nights like Saturday night that are spent around a dinner table with people that you love, talking, eating and enjoying each other’s company. Honestly, if I gain any weight this week because of that, I won’t be mad.

Still, I’m hoping for more progress and less plateaus.

Losing Weight

I’ve written before about my struggles with my weight and stuff I’ve tried to do to take action. There are plenty of reasons why I’ve failed miserably at this task on numerous occasions:

  • I get busy with other things and “don’t have time” to work out – I’m sick of that excuse for myself.
  • I can’t find a program that works for me – Truth is, I can’t work on a program long enough to MAKE it work for me.
  • My incessant Chipotle craving – Let’s face it…I don’t see this one ending anytime soon. I’ll have to just work harder I guess.
  • I like to sleep in, thus cutting down on the time it takes to prepare healthy meals – I guess I need to get up earlier then.
  • I can’t seem to find the motivation – Living longer should be motivation enough.

I could go on, but that’s not the point. The point is that last week, I started back on the Power 90 program, a Beach Body, Inc., program that we bought a long time ago that promised to re-shape your body in 90 days. Considering that our departure date for Italy is about 90 days away, I finally found some motivation. And with the pending nuptials of my little brother and his beautiful fiancee (likely on some island), I need to get control of my weight…and FAST.

I’ve worked out every weekday for the last two weeks, doing the Sweat! cardio tape on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and doing the Sculpt! lifting tape on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I haven’t yet worked out on a Saturday, but the plan is to either go to the gym or just figure out something active to do on the weekend, then rest on Sundays.

So far, so good. I’ve lost 3 pounds, but I’m still a really long way from my goal weight. I don’t like being this heavy and I don’t like my clothes not fitting. I’ve been better with my eating habits, but I still need to work on portion control, and if I’m going to have Chipotle, I need to steer clear of the guacamole (so good!) and any other extras like chips that would just add on more calories to my already scale-tipping burrito bol. If you want to find out what your burrito, check out this awesome Chipotle fan site. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Anyway, wish me luck. I’m going to need it to keep on my path to healthier living.

Interesting Statistic

Reading my SparkPeople Mailer this morning, I came across these statistics:

From 1977 to 1997, hamburgers expanded by 23%; a plate of Mexican food got 27% bigger; soft drinks increased by 52%; snacks (potato chips, pretzels, crackers) grew 60%. We’re now entering the second generation of overeaters who can’t believe that a fast food soft drink used to come in 10 ounce cups. There’s actually a frozen entree that proudly sells itself as “1 Pound of Food,” as if its total mass was a benefit.

I remember something similar to that being in the movie Super Size Me…it’s just weird to see it in print. It’s kind of gross.

SparkPeople

I’ve joined the web site, SparkPeople.com, a free online diet tracking web site complete with resources for nutrition, fitness, and self-motivation.

I’m pretty excited about it. The web site has a lot of material and allows you to track all your progress along the way.

I’ve always been one of those people who really struggles with their weight. I go in spurts where I’m really good about it, but there are a lot of times (like the last few months) where I really get derailed. I’m hoping that this web site will help me to get back on track. One thing’s for sure: I’m glad to have a nice grocery store close finally so that it isn’t always such a chore to go get stuff for lunches or to make at home.

If you are interested in learning more about SparkPeople.com or want to join, click the button below:

SparkPeople.com: Get a Free Online Diet

Wish me luck. I hope that I am able to get some momentum. My goal is 65 pounds by next July 1. I think it is definitely possible. What do you think?