Cue the trumpets!

by Ginger on February 3, 2011

in Becoming Myself

Allow me a little moment of tooting my own horn.

I have lost 10 pounds in the last month.

I’m kind of in shock that I’ve lost so much already. Though my loss PALES in comparison to some of the other Biggest Blogging Loser folk, 10 pounds is amazing. It’s pants fitting better. It’s shirts I haven’t been able to wear in years. It’s a little pride, in myself, for deciding to do something and sticking to it.

And you know what I’m most proud of right now? That I’ve done it in a way that I think (hope) will just be a lifestyle change–not a diet–which means I have a chance of making this stick. So what am I doing? What got me here?

Simply put, I went from approximately a 2500+ calorie diet to a 1500-1800 calorie diet.

There’s a little more–I’ve been trying to work out (failing rather spectacularly the last few weeks), I’ve been trying to drink more water, no eating after a certain point in the night–but the overall thing has been to cut my calories down from teenage boy numbers to, you know, normal 30’s woman numbers.

I’m still eating a ton of the things I love: pizza, tacos, bacon. I just eat MORE of things like broccoli & cauliflower (roasted. My new obsession.), egg whites, turkey sandwiches and salad. I still have ice cream and cookies, but I have an actual serving size, not a giant bowl/armful. If I’m hungry, I eat–I just try to eat mindfully, have more real foods instead of packaged foods, and address my pitfalls before they happen (for example, 3pm is a bad, bad time for me. I’m a bored/emotional eater & that’s the kiss of death for me at work. So I have a snack around 2:45. Or a piece of gum. Head it off at the pass.).

Look, am I going to win the BBL? No. But I’m ok with that. I’m losing the weight I want to at the pace I want to and more importantly, I’m remembering to eat  because I love food, because food tastes good, and because I’m hungry–not because I’m bored or emotional.

And you guys? I lost 10 pounds. That effing ROCKS.

Jen February 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

You? You are awesome and inspiring. Congrats!

Katherine February 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Congrats on the loss so far. The nice part is that when you cut down portion sizes you get used to them and you really can’t eat as much as you used to without feeling miserable, so you don’t.

Ginger February 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

YES! I’m already noticing that, which makes things WAY easier. Eating 1/2 a pizza is no longer possible without feeling like death.

Megan February 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Woo hoo! Incredible!

Jennie February 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Eating mindfully is such a crucial — and tough! — thing to learn. It’s something I’m learning too and it’ll take me far, I know it.

Congrats lady. You SHOULD be proud.

Bekah February 4, 2011 at 3:44 am

Way to go! Thats so awesome!

Alexis February 4, 2011 at 4:31 am

Well done! It can be hard to balance the life choice of making healthy changes with the desire to be back in your skinny jeans yesterday. You are doing a great job.

Perpetua February 4, 2011 at 5:36 am

That DOES effing rock! Congratulations!

Lizzie February 4, 2011 at 5:42 am

Wow, that’s fantastic news 😀 Huge congratulations to you!!

clara February 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

TEN POUNDS!? Wow! High five!

erica February 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

my best afternoon snack is sunflower seeds. if you eat them a few at a time and not in huge handfuls, it takes a LONG time to go through 100 or so calories worth. you feel like you’re eating much more than you are.

Ginger February 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

That’s a great tip. I do that sometimes with almonds, but you get to 100 calories pretty fast with almonds, so maybe sunflower seeds will work better!

Annie February 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

That is AWESOME! GO YOU!

kate February 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

That’s awesome!!!

What is your “recipe” for roasting veggies? We usually just toss them in olive oil and garlic and roast away… 🙂

Ginger February 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

usually just a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I actually like to do the garlic powder & salt at the end, kind of like fries.

Erin February 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

That is awesome! Congrats to you!

LisaDay February 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Congratulations. I think you have found the secret to success.

LisaDay

HipMamaB February 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

YAY! HIGH FIVE! That rocks.
Keep it up!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks February 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

I think this is a wonderful achievement! And doing it the RIGHT way is a lifestyle change. You don’t always have to be so strict, but to have a foundation is great! I’m going to crack down on my eating soon … and as the weather begins to warm up, I will also get out to go running more often!I really NEED to get back into a grove and lose this silly baby weight!

Ginger February 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’ll probably let up on the strictness in a few weeks–I’m already feeling more confident about what portions are, how much I need to fill up, etc.,–but it’s been SO helpful to relearn that stuff.
Exercise is next. For real.

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