As of this morning, that’s all that stands between me and my goal weight of 155. 28 pounds. 28 pounds shouldn’t be all that difficult to lose, right? After all, I’ve already lost 78 pounds! It’s not like I don’t know how weight loss works. I have all the tools I need.
And yet I can’t help but feel as though those 28 pounds are like 100 pounds. It seems daunting, and I can’t figure out why. Oh wait, yes I can: discipline (or lack thereof). My attempts to lose weight since having Charlotte have been of the stop-and-start variety. I haven’t had long stretches of commitment bonded with action, and it shows. From June 1 2011 until January 1, 2012, I lost 12.2 pounds. That’s kind of ridiculous. Sure, it’s 12 pounds that needed to be lost, and I’m so glad I lost them, but a 12 pound loss over 7 months isn’t impressive. At that rate, it will take me approximately 16 months to lose these last 28 pounds. There’s no way that’s happening.
So what now?
If I’m going to reach my goal weight this year, I have to take action. I have to be committed. So for the month of January, here’s how I’m going to work on losing the weight:
1. Track all of my food. I got unbelievably lazy with this and haven’t consistently tracked my food since the summer. I told myself I didn’t really need to track, that I know what I eat and how many calories it all has. Lies! If I am not tracking, I let a lot of things slide. An extra cookie here, a regular Coke there, an extra serving at dinner, and before I know it I’ve eaten WAY more than SparkPeople’s recommended range for me. So back to logging I go. It’s tedious, but it works. I am more prone to think twice about eating something if I have to account for it.
2. Exercise at least 4 days a week. Since I’m planning to run a half marathon this year, this MUST happen. I need to work on building my running base this month anyway, so it won’t be hard to figure out what exercise I need to do.
3. Wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 during the work week. If I am going to exercise and read my Bible, I need to wake up earlier. Which leads me to…
4. Go to bed no later than 10:00 p.m. Ideally I’d like to get to bed at 9:00, but I’m going to start with 10:00 and then work my way back to 9:00.
5. Complete the Hello Mornings Challenge. (This challenge is hosted by one of my favorite blogs for moms, Inspired to Action, so check out the challenge and Kat’s blog. You will be blessed and encouraged!) I’m super excited about this and hope that it will help me achieve all of these goals.
Watch out, 28 pounds! I’m coming for you!