Accepted wisdom states that when you’re depressed, anxious, or under significant stress, you shouldn’t concern yourself with trying to lose weight – and perhaps the weeks leading up to Easter were not the best time to start! However, I made up my mind that I was going to, set SMART goals, and began.
Things were going really well until last night, when I caved and ate a couple of chocolaty Easter treats … and then again at 2am when a couple of hot crossed buns fulfilled their purpose in life and began their journey down my alimentary canal.
You know what? I’m not too upset by these hiccups. It’s not like I ate a whole block of chocolate, which I would have done in the past. Look, I did it so often I have a pic:
Weight loss really is a marathon, not a sprint. There are going to be days when I go over my calorie budget. There are going to be days when I don’t walk my 10,000 steps, or don’t do my exercise. That’s OK. The bulk of my days I will do these things, and that’s what matters.
What’s important is that I’m determined to lose this weight, slowly but surely. My motivations are:
- to decrease my weight so I can take up long distance running again without damaging my knees
- to feel better about myself
- to decrease my risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers and other obesity-related nasties
- to prove that I made a good decision, leaving that therapy group which wasn’t working for me. (Yes, I’m hitching my weight loss project onto the back of another one, but it’s a good source of “righteous anger” energy, so it feels OK and adds a good boost to my motivation!)
I’m using an app – Noom – which is basically a calorie counter and data recorder all in one. I find it quite easy to use, especially now they’ve increased their range of built-in foods to include many Australian brands. I tend to eat whole foods anyway, which helps, but my partner sometimes uses recipe bases, so being able to “dial them up” is fantastic.
I lost a significant amount of weight once before, about five years ago. I did it then through giving up alcohol completely and turning to jogging as my stress management technique. It was great! I lost a much-needed 20kg, and celebrated an “0” birthday by running my first half marathon. It’s very comforting to know I’ve lost a lot of weight once before, so I know I can do it again.
This time, I need to lose the extra 30kg I put on last year while in hospital, and also the weight I had been going to lose before I went in – because I started 2013 overweight. It is a little depressing to think I could lose weight at the recommended rate for all the rest of this year and still be above my optimal weight, but there you have it: life isn’t perfect.
Have you ever set out to lose weight? What worked for you (or what didn’t)?