A couple of weeks ago, I reached the halfway point on my weight loss goal.
I started at 252 pounds in March, and now weigh 191 pounds.
When you have 112 pounds to lose to get to a healthy weight, even halfway is a big deal (pun intended).
If I had to pick up 56 pounds and carry them around all day, I’d struggle.
Reaching this milestone has had me in a reflective mood. Here are a few of those thoughts:
1. I now fit where I didn’t before.
While at a Royals game with my brother and niece, I realized I fit quite comfortably in a seat that would have been a tighter fit a few months ago.
I also overestimate how much space I need to get around someone/something (which helps my general klutziness).
2. Self-control isn’t so hard when you have already decided the answer is no.
Key for me has been to make a decision about food choices before the choices have been placed before me.
3. Fruit tastes so much better now.
Prior to four months ago, I rarely ate fruit. I had a doctor tell me one time that I should only eat fruit if I replace another carb…and I’d never replace bread or pasta with fruit.
Now, I eat fruit as a special dessert on hiking days and really look forward to it.
4. You can still eat according to your pleasure, even on a 1200-calorie diet.
I have craved Mexican, pizza, rice and pasta, and have allowed myself those options every time.
Since I’m making my own food, I’m choosing to alter those meals in ways that promote health by upping the veggies, using whole grains or using Greek yogurt as a creamy substitute.
5. But I still crave junk sometimes.
Thankfully, it’s never tempting while I’m at the store (again, making the decisions about what I’m going to buy before I set foot in the store), but sometimes when I have no access to the junk, the cravings come.
From past experience, I know that giving in to these cravings will not be as satisfying as I imagine.
6. Weight loss is more about diet than it is about exercise.
I suppose I could have upped my activity by 1300 calories a day instead of lowering how much I’m eating by that amount, but that requires more time than I have.
In 3-4 hours a week, I can shop for and prepare all the food I need from scratch, compared to multiple hours of exercise a day.
7. It’s been easier than I thought.
Of course, weight loss isn’t easy for everyone: there are so many variables. For me, I had no idea it would be this easy.
I kinda just fell into it, and staying in good habits once established was easier than doing something else.
I’m on track to hit my end goal sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
I’m excited to see how the next five months go.