Weight Loss Journey 2:  Every Little Bit Counts

Weight Loss Journey 2: Every Little Bit Counts

fist-681847_1920I’m just over 5 weeks in to my weight loss journey and still going strong! 

At my very best (early in the morning, naked, when I’ve gone to the bathroom and taken in very little) I have lost about 15 pounds.  Not too shabby!  The time has really gone faster than I expected.  The weight, not as fast as I would have liked, but I am trying to think of this journey as a marathon, not a sprint!

This time, my focus has been more on nutrition than anything else.  In the past, I became addicted to exercise and would do it constantly.  Maybe it’s because I’m older now and don’t have quite as much energy as I had in my 20’s, maybe it’s because I have more responsibilities demanding my time, maybe it’s because my job is more emotionally demanding, which drains me…whatever the reason, I have not focused as much on the exercise piece as I did in the past.  I still do Zumba classes 1-2 times per week, take walks with my dog 1-2 times per week, but it’s inconsistent and it’s not something I prioritize.  If I’m at the gym, I feel guilty for being away from my dog and all my responsibilities at home.  If I’m walking the dog, I feel more responsible but I don’t get a workout that’s the same quality as I would if I was at the gym.  Constantly I need to focus on how to balance my time and my energy.stairs-918735_1920

All that being said, my eating habits have changed dramatically.   I have a sweet tooth and cookies and cakes were a source of comfort, a kind of “reward” for a hard day.  Now I have no problem saying no to trouble foods in tempting situations:  when I’m going out for Mexican food with my girlfriends, when it’s been a long day and I want to hit up the drive thru instead of waiting to eat until I get home, when I’m stressed and it would be easy to stuff something sweet in my mouth to take the edge off. 

Food habits can easily become an addiction.  Of course, food is necessary to sustain life, I wouldn’t condone stopping eating altogether, but there are always healthy options available if you take the time and energy to plan head, or make good decisions when you are faced with temptation. 

For me, the trickiest thing has been avoiding cookies and cakes when I’m stressed.  I work at a facility with a café that’s very close to my office.  The cooks there are constantly baking and making comfort foods, and the delicious smells waft right into my office.  Since I bring my own lunch I can avoid the café, but bringing healthy snacks and drinking a lot of no-calorie beverages helps me stave off the cravings for the unhealthy stuff.

There are a couple of habits that I could utilize to speed up my progress:  drinking more water, and exercising more.
For today, though, I’m going to give myself some credit for consistency.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were these hips!  :-) Consistency will help me far more than anything else, I am sure of that.
What do you do when you’re faced with temptation?  How do you reward yourself for consistency?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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