Are you comfortable with your current weight? Do you wish that you weighed more or less? Either way is ok. I have been uncomfortable with my weight for a while now. It hasn’t been in a healthy category in a long time, basically since I started working a desk job.
I spent a lot of years waiting tables, tending a buffet, etc. I was doing work that kept me on my feet, walking, standing, and very little sitting. During that time I was also in college, trekking across campus on a daily basis.
Then I started my internship and it’s been downhill (or uphill as far as my weight is concerned) from there. My weight has been climbing on the scale for the last 4 years. I get it under control for a few months, bring it down a few pounds, then stop paying attention, return to old habits and it creeps back up.
I know that for a lot of people, discussing weight is about how they look. Not me. I am ok with how I look. Not all clothes look good on all people, so it’s ok that some things don’t look good on me anymore.
But I am a nutrition professional. I work in a healthcare setting. I am well aware of the consequences of being overweight.
I can’t always do the things I want to do either. I don’t feel very healthy when I get out of breath after just a few minutes chasing kiddos. A healthy weight is also about how you feel, and being able to do the things that you want to do.
It’s time to make some changes. Today was day 1. By the time this posts, I should be a week or 2 into the lifestyle changes I am making. I will keep you updated as I go.
My SMART goal is:
To lose 15 pounds by February 8, 2018 (This is 10% of my body weight in 6 months). I intend to achieve this by making healthy meal choices the *majority of the time, avoiding *most sweets and soft drinks, *limiting alcoholic beverages, and getting aerobic exercise for at least **90 minutes per week.
Notice that I chose to set a SMART goal. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.
*I am not completely cutting out all of the things that I avoid, I am just cutting back.
**90 minutes a week can be done in multiple ways: 15 minutes X 6 days or 30 minutes x 3 days, or some other combination. This is totally doable no matter how crazy my week might be.
I wouldn’t mind if I lose more weight than that, or if I lose it faster, but I am in no rush. My goal is to be healthy and keep this weight off. That means making sustainable lifestyle changes for myself and for my family.
I will check back in with you guys as the months go on. Maybe you can help me stay accountable. We can share tips and motivate each other if any of you have some weight loss goals!