Welcoming Myself to the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This is my first blog entry ever!!! Considering that I am a writer by profession (a technical writer, not a novelist), I probably should have done this years ago.
I have been tracking my thoughts and progress in my Spark Journal, but I have decided to add blogging to the mix. How it will play out remains to be seen.
At the beginning of April, I set two goals for myself: lose 8 lbs (208 to 200) and give up cookies. I thought the weight loss goal might be too aggressive, but I am thrilled to say that I did it!!!! I weigh in at 199 now.
As for the cookie goal, the results are mixed. I have not completely given them up. However, I think I have learned a lot more moderation. I was concerned because my family would bring in nice chocolate chip cookies from Whole Foods, and sometimes I would go on the attack. Now mind you, in my pre-Spark days, an attack would probably mean eating most of them. Now, it was far more controlled, but still not acceptable. I started eating 100 calorie packs of cookies, but some of them were such triggers that I would frequently eat two packs.
I was actually proud of myself on Saturday, when I found myself at a great bakery in Providence, RI (about 200 miles from home). The family was buying treats, and I caved in and bought some myself. There was a small amount of butter cookies dipped in chocolate, which I shared on the way home. They were very good, but I was satisfied with a small amount. I also bought a large chocolate chip cookie. I had a little bit, but it really wasn't that good, so I didn't eat the rest. I was proud of myself.
I also stepped up my exercise program during the month. I frequently walk not once, but twice a day, and I have added a little jogging to the mix. However, as I write, I am a little sore, and one of my knees is hurting. I may have to reevaluate this. I recently bought a pedometer, and I am looking forward to working with it.
My original goal (as set for me by Spark People) was to lose 50 lbs. by November 18, which would have been 50 weeks on the program. I was happy with this, and I would still be happy. Thanksgiving is the big holiday in my family, so I would be thrilled to show myself off 50 lbs. lighter. However, I always felt that 50 lbs. was not quite enough. Also, at the rate I have been going, I should achieve the 50 lb. benchmark well before November.
So now, my goal is to lose 80 lbs. by April 1, 2009. I hope to lose about 6 lbs. in May. As for the cookies and the exercise, I will have to see. These may be evolving goals. Until now, I have been reluctant to put my weight loss goals in writing, for fear of being disappointed if I do not meet them. But maybe it is best to do so and to adjust them if needed.