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So, here we are. Two months in, just over 60 days. My weight loss journey has been rather successful so far. I’ve learned to eat in a whole new way from using better portion control to giving up red meat. I’ve started exercising and learned how to overcome trials when they arise and not to overdo it when trying to make the most of my sessions. I’ve tried to continue to stay active even in a time when it’s hard to get out and exercise. And those darn exercise rings, they are just too tempting.
My Progress So Far
Here is my 60 day check in progress chart for weight! I am happy to report that when I stepped on the scale, I was down an additional 3.3 pounds from the previous day making my over stats look even better.
This means that I have almost shaved 10 pounds off per month since I started, which is way more then my initial goal of one pound a week!
I think that following my rules for success are really starting to pay off and I don’t think I’ve really hit any real plateaus just yet.
A Minor Setback
As you saw in my last update, I had injured my knee by overuse and had to discontinue my running habit for about two weeks now. I went to the doctor and found out it was just bad inflammation and have since taken anti-inflammatory to get the swelling down enough so that it doesn’t bug me anymore. I am happy to report that as of two days ago, I was able to stop taking the anti-inflammatory altogether and have been working around the house as well as doing some lighter exercise with lower impact to my knees like using the elliptical and going on an almost 5 mile bike ride.
Something I am going to add to my list of rules is that I will try not to overdo my workouts just because I am feeling good that day. I am going to see about doing a low impact workout to complement my higher impact workouts once I start them back up.
I’ve been eating relatively well the past couple of weeks, but have stopped tracking my food diary as much. I need to work to get back on track to continue to account for everything I’ve been eating a little better going forward. It’s not that I’m doing bad, but I want to make sure that I am writing down everything that comes in or goes out so that I can see where I’m at and have a complete picture of my eating habits.
I am continuing to do rather well with portioning my food out by not taking seconds and trying to stick to actual serving sizes as best as I can. I am still staying quite full with the food that I’m eating (around 500-600 calories per meal) and am trying to make the best choices within reason.
I have allowed myself to have more desserts then in the beginning, but I’m not nearly as worried on the days when I’ve fallen off the wagon because I know I will just get right back on the next meal or as soon as possible. I’m trying to make sure that I just take each day by itself and not have regrets if I had a bad day the one before.
Staying motivated has been rough for a little while, but worth it overall. I have made sure to update friends, coworkers, you, and Facebook friends about my intentions to get down to 185 by the end of the year. I am doing this so that people will ask me about how I’m doing and I will have to report to them. I think it would be easier to give up if it were just me trying to do this all by myself without having others to cheer me on.
I’ve already been able to start some great conversations with people and am very excited where it will lead. By having to explain my rules to others, it reinforces that I am following them myself and that I am keeping them in front of me.
I am continuing to love the way my body is changing and how I’m feeling in that I have more energy, I feel better about how I look and that others are actually starting to notice.
Technology & My Working Out
Of course, who would I be without my technology to track my every move. I love that I have a built in analytics with my how I am tracking my progress, but it’s been a little sad over June that I’ve not been able to fill up my activity rings the whole month like I wanted to.
I started off very well, but you can see where I hurt my knee on June 7th. I haven’t been able to fill my activity rings much this month after that, but July is going to be different! I’m looking to finish out this month strong and continue on into July.
Goals For July 2015
Some goals that I have in mind to spur on more weight loss for July are going to be:
- Continue to portion control and stay around 500-600 calories per meal with a snack each day (this can be between any meals or can even be a dessert)
- Work to fill my activity rings for the entire month of July (looking to get the achievement for a perfect month)
- Start jogging again. I’m thinking about using the C25K app to moderate my progress while hopefully still allowing me to move forward.
- Find and post some new recipes that I’m trying throughout the month of July
- Get below 200 pounds? Might be a little bit overkill, but if I can aim high, I will work harder to achieve my goals!
Have a great day and let me know what you are doing if you’ve started a journey of some sort in the comments! I’d love to hear and be inspired about where you are and where you’ve come from and don’t forget to put your email address in below to continue to receive updates as I post them.
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Awesome to see that you’re making progress in taking care of your body. I missed my usual daily walk while we were at FinCon. Great to see a Money Buddy working towards better health.
All the best in your adventures! Looking forward to FinCon 2018 and us getting together to have fun again.
Keep on keeping on!