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([personal profile] ikarit Jun. 5th, 2010 02:48 pm)
So, I have been on a quest to lose 30 pounds for two months (nine weeks) now, and while there's been a little cheating here and there, I've kept up with it. For the first six weeks, it was a diet change only. Then three weeks ago, it warmed up enough for me to start my summer walking schedule every day. I walk most of the time, but I add in a little jogging at the end.

I've lost 17 pounds so far. The first 14 pounds were during the first six weeks, which was really what kept me motivated. I was losing 2 or 3 pounds a week. Of course that couldn't keep up, and it's been a fight since then to lose a pound a week. Still, I'm going strong.

It's shocking how difficult it wasn't for me to keep up with this. I've never actually dieted and followed through for more than a week. And yes, I've tried. Every time I've lost weight due to my diet, it was accidental or due to, quite honestly, malnutrition.

The big thing is portions. For example, I love cereal for breakfast. If you look on the side of the box, and go by what the box says is one portion, it's small. Seriously, it's tiny. I went from eating overflowing bowls full of sugary, horribly unhealthy cereals (Lucky Charms, oh god how I miss you), to healthy, regularly sized bowls of things like Honey Nut Cheerios. And I'll be honest, I still eat slightly larger portions than the box says. And sometimes I add bananas. But god, it makes a difference. And I've been doing things like that every meal. Cutting portions, avoiding extras, leaving the extra unhealthy options off the table.

Speaking of horrible, sugary things, one thing I've learned is that I'm definitely addicted to sugar. I do cheat on my diet a little, but I can't cheat nearly as much as I'd like. I've always told people that once I have one cookie, I can't stop myself from eating ten cookies. I think they thought I was exaggerating, but I'm really not. So if I want to avoid eating ten cookies, I can't have any cookies. I read a little about sugar addictions online, and basically that's the recommendation. It's easier to stop cold turkey than to try to cut down. So, so true.

It's a little like torture, but I'm getting better. As long as I'm in the right mindset, I can let myself eat a cookie (or a piece of cake, or bite of chocolate, etc) and stick with just one. But it really does have to be the right mindset. And once I had it, I stopped needing sugar so much. I could have a cookie once a week or every other week, and stop at one cookie (okay, honestly--two cookies. BUT THAT'S PROGRESS OKAY). I used to crave chocolate during certain times of the month. I thought I couldn't live without it, felt so much better once I'd gorged myself on it. I haven't had chocolate in two months, and I haven't craved it at all. It was all in my head.

Some things I could do better at. I eat a lot of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners for lunch, and I wish I didn't. They're low in calories, but anything microwaved make me feel gross, and frankly they don't really taste great. But they're better than fast food, which is what I ate before, and I'm lazy. So they work for now, and I try to bring better lunches every once in a while.

I still snack, but I stick to healthier options, like snack bars, yogurt, or nuts, and I only allow myself one snack between meals. I really need that snack at work, but surprisingly on the weekends, I tend not to snack at all. I'm not sure why, whether it's because at work I'm just less entertained than at home, or that on weekends I space out my meals better. In any case, there's no constant snacking like before.

The best part is I feel fantastic. I never realized how all that sugar and fat hurts you. I have more energy, I'm more awake even though I ditched my daily Starbucks, and after exercising, I feel like bouncing all over the house. I always felt better after exercising, but it was more an exhausted type of better rather than an energized type of better. In fact, I was usually twice as lazy after exercising, just because I was so tired. Now, I can work out, and then an hour later I'll want to do it all over again!

Reaching my goal isn't quite as important as it was when I started because right now the benefits are my pride that I can actually do this, and the healthy feeling I get while I am. Not to mention, at this point, I don't really doubt that I will reach my goal, and that I can reach it with time to spare.
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