The results are in: I posted a 4.6 lb (2.1 Kg) loss this week! That puts my current weight at 296 lbs, with 129 lbs to lose to reach my ultimate goal weight of 167 lbs. This week has been great. I have been feeling positive and have kept on top of tracking my food and points. I have tried out a couple of new recipes and they were fantastic. Eating breakfast has been much easier than I initially thought. My favorite breakfast is Kashi GoLean Crunch with soy milk and blueberries. Yum! It’s a little on the sweet side, but soy milk and Kashi are the only foods in my diet with any added sugar, so I don’t feel so bad. Now that I’ve gotten this first loss under my belt (out from under my belt, I should say), I would like to set some short-term goals for myself.
- Lose 10% of my starting weight. This is one of the first goals you are encouraged to reach for in WeightWatchers, and it’s a good one. All of those wonderful health benefits of losing weight show measurable results after losing 10%. It can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of diabetes. So this goal is the one I’m going to focus on for now. After this week’s weight-loss I have 25.4 lbs to go!
- Eliminate junk food/fast food completely for 4 weeks. This is a tough one, but I really need to buckle down and get in the habit of preparing all of my meals at home with wholesome ingredients. This is what I have been doing since Weigh-In #1, and it’s been great. I haven’t had any cravings and I haven’t felt unsatisfied (granted, I’m also not PMSing now!). You know that common belief that to make something a habit, you should do it for 30 days? Well, I’m hoping that this holds true. And I’m not saying that I’m never going to eat a double-cheeseburger again or swear off peanut M&M’s for life. I just want preparing dinner each night and bringing my lunch to work to be as habitual as ordering take-out was before. And in order for me to get some momentum going, I need to make some strict “no tolerance” rules for myself. Plus I need to have some practice with that whole portion control thing before I even think of looking at a bag of chocolates.
- Buy those workout DVDs that have been in my Amazon.com shopping cart for a few weeks now and start using them. The DVDs that I’m thinking of purchasing are yoga and pilates workouts for the Extra Lusty. I have tried the “Skinny Bitches” yoga/pilates DVDs and I get so frustrated with my limited flexibility, and even if I do the modified versions of the exercises I still can’t maintain proper form. Let’s not forget the fact that I have giant boobs and fat rolls to contend with! It’s hard to do the pilates “100” when you’re being suffocated by your own tits! From what I hear, it’s not that the workouts are “easy,” it’s that they take into account the Extra Lusty physique. The workouts that have been recommended to me are Yoga: Just My Size with Megan Garcia and Look Great, Feel Great: Plus Size Pilates. I know that in order to really blast the calories, I need to do aerobic activity and strength training, and I do intend on getting myself into a routine very soon. I really want to try the yoga and pilates first though to increase my flexibility and hopefully avoid those injuries I’m so prone to when I go balls-to-the-wall.
I have had a great week and I am loving connecting with all of you fabulous people out there. I hope everyone is staying positive. Have a great weekend!