Normally I'm not so big on New Years Resolutions but since everyone else is doing it why not...As most people do in college I gained about 20 pounds, then after college I gained about 20 more pounds. As of September 11, 2008 I had lost about 30 pounds but when my dad passed away (9/11/08) I gained 25 pounds in 1 week (for the record pimento cheese sandwhiches and fudge brownies are not a balanced diet but when they are all that taste good during a crisis people will let you live on them). Putting me at the heaviest I have ever been. I didn't really worry about the weight and figured since it was from binge eating that it would go away when my life went back to normal. When I got engaged I joined a gym and when I was going managed to lose 10-15 of the 25 evil pounds but since the wedding I have been a slacker and now weigh even more than I did before I joined the gym. (why do people eat when they're happy?)
SO my New Years Resolution is to get my butt in gear and get back to a healthy weight. I am going to do this the right way, no half-assing and major habits are changing. I do the grocery shopping so step one should be easy--I am going to cut processed foods from our cabinets. No more buying frozen dinners because they are so much easier or food that is 100% corn in different forms. That being said I am not throwing away food we already have. I am simply going to start buying whole foods and trying to make better/healthier choices.
According to Fitday.com my current BMI is 27.46 which is smack dab in the middle for "overweight" between healthy and obese. My "Goal Weight" is go be 130 pounds which should put my BMI (21.63) in the middle of "healthy". I want to reach this goal by my birthday which is July 23rd. To reach this goal will need to lose a little over 1 pound per week.
This week I am going to start slow. I am going to up my water intake and make sure that I am drinking the 8 glasses per day that we are told to drink as kids. I am going to allow myself to still drink diet coke when I go out to eat and drink things like 7-up and ginger ale if I have an upset stomache but other than that I am cutting all soft drinks. I will count tea towards my water because the Mayo Clinic says I can (and I really like hot tea in the winter!) Sugar Free Lemonade/Kool-aide will also count as will fruit juice. I am going to track what I eat on fitday.com and count calories.
I am going to also try to eat a more balanced diet. I am going to limit meat to one or two meals a day and try to eat more fruits/vegetables/whole grains. I am also going to plan on eating 4-5 meals per day.
Starting next week I am going to the Gym at least 2 mornings (monday/wednesday) a week before class and am going to try to get in the habit to go up to 5 days per week (3 before work) I am going to cook a real dinner at home at least 3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) and have the meals planned in advance. I tried this before and it was working well until hubby's mom started calling us to go eat with her at least once a week and it kind of went to pot but I'm holding my own and we will eat at home these three days unless we have plans in advance to do otherwise because if it is a special occasion (bday etc.) it will be planned in advance and anything else isn't worth having the food go bad over.
Tonight I am going to go through our deep freeze and cabinets and take inventory of what we have to eat in the house. Over the rest of January I am going to try to melt the menu around what we have in the house to get some of it eaten up then I am going to start the real health kick in February with super balanced menus and even having hubby's and my lunches planned out so that we don't just grab whatever is in the freezer.
I am doing this in part simply because I am a girl and I want to lose weight. Mostly I'm doing it because I am sick of my clothes not fitting and being tired all of the time. I know that 10-15 pounds is all that I need to lose before I will feel like myself again. My clothes would fit and my BMI would be at the top of healthy but I figure if I'm going to do this I'm going to do it right. Besides I still haven't cleaned out my closet at my moms house from High School so I'm betting there are still jeans and shorts there that will fit me so I won't have to worry about buying a ton of new clothes all at once. I'm going to try not to buy any clothes from now until I lose the weight unless I absolutly have to because nothing fits. I should be fine though because I own a lot of dresses I just might not like wearing dresses everyday.
Sorry for the long post about stuff I'm sure you don't care about but I figured if I outline what I'm going to do in a public forum I'll feel like I have to go through with it. Wish me luck and I'll keep you all posted on my progress (via much shorter 1-liners every Monday letting you know how I did the previous week!)