Dropping 10

OK, I am finally putting it out there that I am trying to lose 10 pounds. I am little embarrassed by it but if I don’t tell someone then I will not have the will power to really push myself to lose the weight. I’m not worried about the “ell bees” (lbs., I’m just trying to sound cool) per se, but I have been steadily growing out of my clothes for the past two years. I am getting close to 30 and would like to blame my age for why I am gaining weight but there has to be another way. My biggest struggle is that I have done low-carb diets in the past and I just cannot do all that meat, eggs, and dairy. Sure, I will lose probably 5 pounds a week but I will be a grumpy, uptight person while I’m doing it, not to mention that I just can’t stomach all those animal products. I eat a primarily vegan/vegetarian diet so “carbs” are definitely going to be a regular part of my diet. 

I’m not sure that my diet is that much of a problem, though. I have heard, “weight loss is 90 percent diet and 10 percent sweating it out in workouts.” I may be in denial, but I think my diet is pretty good. I eat lots of organic veggies and fruits, whole grains, and I drink a ton of water -no soda and little bit of alcohol on occasion. So if weight loss is 90% diet, then what’s my deal? I figured I don’t exercise enough. If I am being completely honest, I do not work out as much as I used to. Lately, I’ve been running 1-2 times a week and yoga maybe once a month. I used to run 5 days a week up to 7 miles at a time, and did weekly yoga. So did I shock my metabolism when I stopped all that?

I could use a bunch of excuses like, “I’m so tired at the end of the day,” “I can’t wake up in the mornings,” “I’ll start next week,” I have too much homework” … the list could go on forever. I do work full-time in a pretty stressful job working with mentally ill adults then have homework and/or class in the evening. My day is pretty full, but, still, there has to be a way. I don’t want to feel like this any more and I don’t want to buy any more clothes in a bigger size. Enough is enough!

I am not going to start next week. I am going to start THIS week, today, right now. I am putting it out there for anyone to see that I have admitted that I have let myself get way out of shape and I want to change it.  I am a planner so I have come up with a short term plan. First, I am going to log what I eat on myfitnesspal.com. I have used the site before for a school project and it opened my eyes to my addiction to sweets. Second, the only “carb” I am going to cut way back on is sugar. I love my sweets! It is going to be hard with all the Halloween candy lying around but I have to do it – no excuses! I am going to switch to unsweetened almond or coconuts milks, leave out the sweetener in my oatmeal, and save my sweets for one day a week treat (I am excited to try Vegetarian Ventures Pumpkin Cocoa Brownies in a week). Third, I am going to do at least 30 minutes of cadiovascular exercise in the mornings before work, either running or a work-out video (my Jilian Michaels, 6 wk abs DVD is exactly 30 minutes), 3 days a week and yoga one day a week. I am going to do this routine for a month and see how I do. Fourth and final step in my short term plan is to share with you what I am doing, because even if no one is paying attention, I will still feel like I am being monitored on my progress. The whole purpose of this goal is to be a better me. I’m happy with my looks but I do feel self conscious sometimes. I just know my body could be better, more physically fit. Even more than that, I want to be a good example to my kids that exercise is important and we show ourselves love by taking care of this body we were given.

That’s enough for now. I have already created a menu for myself for the entire day tomorrow but I will share that with you in the morning – after I work out!

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. hemingwayrun says:

    Tell everyone about it! That way, people ask you how it’s going and it keeps you motivated!

    1. Thanks! I will. I have been a little embarrassed to admit it because I have never had a problem with weight, but I agree. Telling everyone will help to keep me motivated.

  2. pennyparsnip says:

    Have you read Chef AJ’s book, Unprocessed? It helped me clean up my already-decent veganish diet last year. The key for me (and I don’t need to lose weight, just maintain as I near 30) was cutting out oil. I lost 5lbs over the Christmas holidays without doing anything but giving up sauteeing in oil. I drank a lot, ate some of my mom’s cookies, exercised little.. and came back from vacation slimmer.

    Quit oil and sugar, and if you still need to lose a little, cut back on nuts and avocado.

    And God bless your workouts! I hate working out and if I didn’t live in NYC I’d weigh a thousand pounds.

    1. Thank you! I am newly inspired! I can’t get enough of books on nutrition. I am going on Amazon right now to check it out.
      I do use a lot of oil and I have noticed lately since I’ve been logging my meals that even one tablespoon of heart healthy extra virgin olive oil adds a bunch of calories each day. I, too, sautee in oil. I have been giving up sugar and have already noticed a difference in my abdomen being slimmer. Thanks for the tip. I am going to try it. Wish me luck!
      P.S. Congrats on your weight loss! Your success has inspired me so I encourage you to keep sharing with others.

      1. pennyparsnip says:

        Good luck!
        Try sauteeing in water or broth. I haven’t figured out roasting without oil yet, but someday I will…

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