We’ll consider this a prologue to the series of posts I plan on writing about how I went from this:
I’m not there yet (clearly). But I figure that by writing this prologue, in which I outline my plan of attack, I’ll have more success staying committed to what I’m doing.
So let’s talk numbers. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in weighing yourself and counting calories, and to some extent I see their point. A lot of women can tell how much they weigh based on how their clothes fit…but for some reason, I’m a total airhead about that sort of stuff and never notice myself gaining or losing weight until I look in the mirror and either like or hate what I see. And by that time it’s too late. Thus, I will be weighing myself to track my progress.
I don’t know how I feel about counting calories yet. On the surface, it seems like a one-way ticket to disordered eating…but I also think that I’m being a dumbass if I hide nutrition labels from myself (don’t pretend you haven’t done it). For now, I’m not going to set any hard-and-fast rules in terms of how many calories I can eat, but I am going to begin educating myself so that I don’t end up gorging myself without knowing it.
Uh…so far this doesn’t sound like much of a plan, right?
Well it’s still an ovum of a plan, if you will. Here are some of the more concrete things I’m going to do:
- Keep a daily food journal. No, I will not share this with you because it will be boring. I will share my recipes if they’re fun or interesting, but that’s about all you can expect.
- Weigh myself each morning, after I make some lemonade but before I eat anything. Yes, I know this is the lowest I weigh all day and I won’t act like that’s not a part of choosing this time to step on the scale…but more than that, it’s the only time of day that I can control how much weight I’ve added/lost over the course of my activities. I’ve been known to eat 6 pounds of food in one sitting, so this way I’ll know that (for the most part) any fluctuations I see in my weight are fairly realistic.
- Eat intuitively. Basically, I will only eat when I’m hungry, and I will stop eating when I’m no longer hungry. And I’ll always eat what I’m craving unless it’s junk food (for example, I won’t eat a salad when I really feel like yogurt). I also suspect that I do a lot of stress/boredom eating – especially late at night – so whenever I feel like eating, I’m going to have a glass of water or a cup of tea first, and if I’m still hungry afterward then I’ll know that my body actually wants some calories.
- Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep per night. I admit, I was swayed by the Glamour article about the “sleep diet.” So I’m going to try it – plus, even if it doesn’t help me lose weight, at least I’ll have more energy.
When you’re trying to lose weight, what methods do you use?