Working on a New Me. Again.

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BathroomScaleLast month I made the decision to lose weight. Again. I’ve done it before. In 2008 I was in a medical study where I lost 40 pounds over the course of the 5-month study. And then over the course of the year after the study ended I gained it all back because I didn’t stick to the 1200-calorie-a-day diet. And who would? A sparrow, that’s who. That’s ridiculous!

But on June 8, I had a really bad day. I won’t go into it, but trust me when I say it ended up being a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. And so I decided it was time to get healthy once and for all.

I joined Weight Watchers. I started walking nearly every day. Some days I walked 30 minutes, other days I walked an hour. Sometimes I walked 1.5 miles, other days I walked 4 miles. And I diligently tracked every bite of food that went into my mouth.

It’s now July 8. I’ve been doing it for one month. And I’m happy to announce that in that month I lost 16 pounds. Sixteen! That’s both shocking and depressing all at the same time. I knew I wasn’t the healthiest eater on the planet, but I didn’t think I ate THAT much garbage.

My hope is to lose 9 pounds by August 8. I’m not sure it can actually happen, but if I lost 16 pounds in 30 days, surely I can lose 9 pounds in 30 days.

My other goal is to continue increasing the amount I walk. The most I’ve walked is 4 miles. My hope is to be up to 6.2 miles (which is 10K) on a regular basis by August 8. If I can get to where I’m comfortably doing 10K with a couple walks per week, I may begin entering some 5K and 10K events in the area. I do NOT have plans to become a runner. EVER. *lol* I’m perfectly content with walking only.

I’ll try to remember to post on the 8th of every month with an update. I’ve got a lot to lose, so these updates will be happening for quite a while.

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2 thoughts on “Working on a New Me. Again.

  1. Whoo Hoo! I’m so glad you’ve been able to get past that very bad day. I love seeing you out there walking (alone and as a family), and I’m happy to hear you’re getting results. I think I read somewhere that it takes 30 days to build a habit, so it sounds like you’re golden, but it’s also SO easy to slide out of it. Just keep setting goals, reward yourself in healthy ways, and keep us posted:-)

  2. Hey, that’s terrific! Good for you. I’ve been walking about a mile a day, and that feels like a lot to me. I’m impressed. I’m looking forward to more updates! :)

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