My Weight Loss Journey – Month 1
Hi everyone! This is my first post where I talk about my weight loss journey. My overall goal is to lose 120 pounds. I don’t have a true “final goal” number in my mind, but I’m aiming for about 160 pounds. However, I may stop before or after that depending on how my body looks and feels.
I’m trying not to give myself a timeline or a limit for my weight loss journey. The time is going to pass no matter what, and I think setting a timeline is what caused me to fail in the past. I’m only going to be explicitly focusing on how much weight I want to lose per month. I would love to get below 200 pounds in 2019, but that is a tall order and it might not happen that soon, and that is okay.
My “official” start date was January 1, 2019, and I weighed 280.0 pounds. I don’t think that’s actually accurate and is probably still my body retaining water/sodium after eating a lot of Christmas leftovers, but that’s what the scale said so that’s what I wrote down.
One month later, on February 1, 2019 I weighed 272.8 pounds.
Total Lost This Month: 7.2 pounds
Total Lost Overall: 7.2 pounds
By the way, I’m 5’7″. I don’t have that many full-body pictures of myself, but you can see some pictures of me in this post.
I weigh myself daily, and I use an app called Happy Scale to help smooth out the fluctuations. I don’t recommend weighing yourself daily if you tend to be obsessive about the number. My weight fluctuates a lot, and it helps me to be able to keep track of it each day because it does seem to fluctuate in a pattern. If I only did weekly weigh-ins, it’s possible I could be in the middle of a high fluctuation and I’d be more likely to get discouraged.
What I’m Doing for Weight Loss
I’m primarily focusing on calorie counting right now, which is something that I’ve found works well for me personally. I’m starting to keep track of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat) as well.
I use the Lose It! app to track my calories and macros. There’s a subscription, but I just use the free version. It can calculate your daily caloric intake for you based on how much weight you want to lose, but compared to other calorie calculators their numbers seem a bit low, so I try to always keep a small deficit. Currently, my maximum calorie budget is 2,402 calories per day to lose one pound per week. Ideally I’d like to lose one and a half pounds per week, but I will need to incorporate more exercise into my routine for that.
If you think that number seems high, please keep in mind that your body needs a certain amount of calories to operate. If you’re already overweight, chances are the 1200-1600 number you’ve probably heard is too low for you and you should be eating more. Your calorie needs also depend on your overall fitness level– someone who exercises 6 times per week needs to eat more calories than someone who doesn’t exercise at all or only does light exercise.
I use the recommendation on the Lose It! app to figure out how many calories I should eat per day to lose weight, and I also use this calorie calculator. The latter is more in-depth because it takes higher activity levels into consideration, while Lose It! only considers your basic activity level.
Photo Credit: Joshua Coleman via Unsplash
What I’m Eating for Weight Loss
I try to have the same thing for breakfast every day, which is oatmeal with unsweetened cocoa powder, Splenda, cinnamon, and strawberries. Depending on how many strawberries I use, it works out to be about 350 calories. I also tend to have a cup of tea or coffee, and a glass of cold water.
I have pretty much cut all fast food out of my diet, except for Chick-fil-A because that’s never going to happen. I have changed what I order there, though. I don’t order french fries anymore. Normally I’ll order a cookie parfait or soup as my side, with a grilled sandwich or grilled nuggets. Sometimes I’ll also order their grilled cool wrap with their apple cider vinaigrette dressing and only use half the packet.
For me, I do well with 4-5 small meals per day, so I tend to eat 350-600 calories per meal and about 100-250 for snacks. I’m still working on meal planning for my other meals, but having oatmeal each day for breakfast is working well. I actually go to bed excited that I can wake up and eat my oatmeal the next morning, that’s how good it is! Let me know if you want the recipe and I’ll make a blog post about it!
We also got a Brita filtration system for our tap water, and now I drink waaaaaaay more water than I ever did before! I used to track my water intake, but now it’s not necessary because I am easily drinking over 64 ounces of water per day.
I still drink soda, but I always only drank diet soda in the first place because I can’t handle the sugar content of non-diet drinks.
I don’t exercise all that much just yet. For me, it’s easier to change my diet than exercise and I decided I only wanted to focus on eating healthier and drinking more water. Right now, I try to walk at least one mile 3-4 times per week and that’s all I’m doing.
Eventually, I plan to increase it to longer distances. I’m not a gym person and I’ll likely never spend the money on a gym membership, but you never know.
February Weight Loss Goal
The beginning of February brings the start of my menstrual cycle, my dating anniversary, and my boyfriend’s brother-in-law’s birthday celebration. February is also shorter than the other months, so my goal for weight loss isn’t as high this month. I’m hoping to lose 5 pounds in February, but I wouldn’t be sad about only losing 4. I really just want to get into the 260s this month.
That’s it for this post! If you’ve ever embarked on a weight loss/fitness journey, or if you want to, be sure to let me know!
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