Spokane Selfie

Those of you who have spoken to me any time in the past month or so know that I have hit another big bout of monitoring my health.  I wrote an accountability post back in August, shortly after we moved to Seattle.  From August until November, I had a great few months of working hard and losing weight.  I started at 214lbs in July and by November, I had lost 20lbs!  I had an average loss of about 5lbs per month.  I was weighing about 195 and fitting into some of my old clothes, and weighing less than I had in over a year.  It felt great!  The winter, however, was a plateau for me.  Thank goodness – I didn’t gain anything back.  From November to February, I stayed right between 195-190, never gaining above that, but not losing less than that either.  I wasn’t walking as much, I wasn’t calorie counting – I was just living my life.  I was doing what felt normal, and I maintained.

Lemon Water

Then, I’m not sure why – but something clicked in February.  Basketball pep band and winter concert season both ended, and I decided I was done with maintaining, and I decided to get serious about getting extra weight off of my body.  I started logging calories again, I started walking Harvey more regularly, and I started drinking more water.  I started eating 1200 calories or less every day, and after a week, I still hadn’t lost anything.  And I was starting to get discouraged and fed up (after only a week – I know).  Then, two things happened – a co-worker told me to try drinking lemon water first thing in the morning.  And I started sleeping more – about 8 or 9 hours per night.  (And I continued to eat 1100 – 1200 calories per day).  And I started seeing dramatic results:

MFP Graph 3-14-15

This graph is pulled from MyFitnessPal, which is the app that I use to track my weight, caloric intake, and exercise.  This is tracking from September 16th, 2014 until this morning, March 14th, 2015.  You can see in mid-late February how things started dropping off and have been fairly steady ever since!  For those of you seeking to pursue wellness for your own life, here’s what’s been working for me lately:

  • Don’t sit down when you get home from work until you’ve changed into your workout clothes and you’ve gone for a walk (or whatever).  Even just a short, 10-20 minute walk every day helps boost your metabolism and promote general wellness.   But once you sit on the couch – you’re done for!
  • First thing in the morning, freshly juice a lemon (or half a lemon, if a whole lemon is too much) into an 8oz glass and fill the rest with warm water.  It’s best if you drink it 30 minutes before breakfast.
  • Drink lots of water – I drink at least 2 liters every day.
  • If you’re looking to lose weight, track your calories carefully – and reduce caloric intake.  As long as you eat lots of vegetables and fruits and a multivitamin every day, you can definitely meet all your nutritional needs within 1200 calories – and it’s not as hard as you might think!
  • Sleep more.  Sleep metabolizes the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrin better than anything else, preventing you from putting on extra weight when you are stressed.

Whatever you’re going for – I wish you well in your pursuit of health!  Thank you all for your love and support.  I can’t wait to find the healthy body I’ve never ever had.  I hope to see a better glimpse of it this summer!

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