So, after being away for several months, going through a divorce, and gaining back 15 pounds, I’m back in the ballgame!!! A week or so ago, I started visiting 3FC again. I haven’t been posting regularly, but have been reading most of the posts on the Calorie Counters Valentine’s Day challenge. And, of course, some of the GOAL thread posts to try and get me back in the game!!! The people there are so motivational and I can’t believe I let myself lose connection with the site!!!
I’ve joined a gym this go around. It’s called Urban Active. I decided to give it a try because you can pay month to month and it’s only $14.95!!! They also have a TON of cardio machines! I signed up last Thursday, 1/13/2011, and had my first workout the following day. Then, took the weekend off, and was back in the grind of things today! I feel so much better when I work out! Now, if I can just get back in the mindset of saying NO to bad, high calorie foods, and only allowing myself a “cheat” day only once in a while.
I don’t want to make excuses or blame someone else, but the divorce really did a number on my eating habits! Not because I was eating my emotions away (because the Big D was my decision and I’m happy I was able to stand up for myself and take action to be happy!), but because I moved out of my house to live with some friends and started EATING OUT every day!! Some times 2 meals a day! But also, in actuality, I have been a “slacker” when it comes to my lifestyle change since Summer. When I hit that 170lb mark, my mind said, “I’m Done!”, even though I knew I wanted to get to 150. So, now I’m back up to 185 and determined NOT to gain anymore!!! That’s where the gym comes into play…
Instead of laying in bed from the time I wake up til it’s time to go to work, I’m making myself get up and go to the gym!!! Come February 2nd, I will change shifts and move to day shift, 730a-4p. Since the gym will be 5min down the road from my new apartment (Moving in next week), my plan is to wake up early and go to the gym BEFORE work at 730. Not sure how well this will work out considering I LOVE MY SLEEP, but I’m hoping it’ll be better than trying to go after work when I’m tired, hungry, and want to watch TV!!!! LoL
The next thing I need to do to fully get back on track is start logging my calories!!! I read somewhere that if you take your current weight and mulitply it by 13, that’s the number of calories you can eat to maintain your current weight. 185×13=2405. So, if I decrease every day by 500 (1905cal/day), then I should lose 1lb/week, with NO exercise. HOWEVER, I don’t want to eat 1900 cal/day, so I’m going to aim for 1600-1800. AND if I’m exercising, then I’m burning more calories and could maybe lose 2lbs/wk — WHICH WOULD BE AWESOME!!! I’ll be happy to lose just 1/week considering that’s how it happened for so long, but I’ve always longed for bigger losses each week!
Sorry to write a book, but it’s been so long!! LoL