2013 has been a great year for me overall. I started out on fire and excited, but had some downs along the way. During the first half of the year, I just wasn’t moving where I wanted to be. I knew what the problem was, but couldn’t seem to figure out a workable solution. My problem was food: not necessarily how much, but more about what I was eating. I had made changes over the last several years, but none of them would stick. I kept returning to poor choices, emotional eating, and things that just kept me hovering and not losing. I tried a lot of research, nutritional counseling, seeking an understanding of where I was going wrong. Finally, about August, I got fed up and decided to try a drastic “meal replacement” plan. I was truly at wits end and willing to try anything. Even though I hated it, I finally something that was working to lose weight. However, I felt like I was starving. I pushed through for a month and while it wasn’t ideal it taught me several things. One is that a meal doesn’t have to be big to be filling. Another is that addiction to sugar is hard to overcome.
Since I had already gone through the sugar withdrawal and had been on a low-glycemic diet for a month, which is how I have wanted to go for a while now, I decided I would keep many of the principles associated with the meal replacement plan but move to eating real food (always better in my opinion) instead of the highly processed pre-packaged foul tasting meals found with the meal replacement plan. While I don’t claim to be fully there, I understand much better what I need to do to keep with this lifestyle. I still want to learn more about eating low-glycemic so I can add in more flexibility and variety, but for now have things that work and keep me satisfied with much smaller portions, and best of all still losing the weight.
It has been a few months since I have written much here on the blog. I have been busy and still trying to keep up with the eating well and working out regularly. In December, I did not post a monthly workout challenge only because I started weight training at the gym again. I also participated in the Mamavation #2weekchallenge and felt that doing those things would be enough without adding in another workout to keep me busy each day during an already extremely busy month filled with holidays and travel. I am including my last picture update so you can see that although I haven’t been writing about it I haven’t been idle during these months at all. I am progressing toward my ultimate goal.
Here is a look at my 2013 Goals and where I am on each of them.
1. Conquer my Dr. Pepper addiction – Check! I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper in months. I won’t say that the desire isn’t there. From time to time I find the craving kicks up in a major way, but I have not given in. I do have a slight fear of trying to have one and going overboard though. So for now I am just fine completely without.
2. Meal Plan Weekly and Log My Food. – I am still going back and forth with this one. I can’t seem to get into the regular habit with this. I do so much better with my eating when I have a plan and am keeping track of the food. I know it helps and I have good stretches, but I haven’t yet added this fully to my routine.
3. “Run” a 5K. – I participated in three different 5k “runs” this year (and at least 3 virtual 5k’s). However I was not able to run any of them in their entirety. I plan to move this into 2014 and keep working toward this goal.
4. Get under 200lbs. On Friday 12/27/2013 I officially weighed in at 199lbs (down 15lbs from 11/6, by way of reference to the photos above)! After the struggles I had with my food this year, I am thrilled most of all about this. I still have more to go to achieve my ultimate goal and am not ready to stop here, but it feels so good to have this hurdle cleared.
For more on my 2014 goals stay tuned, I am working on some good ones. How did you do on your goals this year? Are you setting some good ones for 2014? I’d love to hear about how things are going for each of you. Mamavation is bringing back Mamavation Monday via a weekly blogging carnival and I am going to try to keep posting regularly. I get so much encouragement from being here, journaling my journey and getting feedback from you. Thanks for being here and for helping make this a great year!!