I'm sure if you've been reading me for while you know that I struggle with my weight. It is something that I have allowed to limit my experiences in this life of mine and I am ready to change that. I have lost some weight, but have begun to regain some of it and that is not acceptable to me.
I have decided to publicly commit to changing myself, from the inside out. I have such a passion for healthy and delicious vegan foods, but my outside does not represent that. I am sick and tired of living such a dichotomy.
I am going to change the focus of this blog to weight loss and getting in shape. Food and pictures of food will still be a huge part, but I want to utilize this space for the rest of the story.
Why I overeat and have allowed myself to get so large. I want to cope with my life by taking care of myself, not hurting myself by eating white bread dipped in olive oil.
I know that I can do this. I am planning on making simple changes that allow me to ease into a lifestyle that will support my health in all areas: mentally, physically and spiritually. I will become a whole person who allows myself to become open to ALL possibilities that life has to offer.
This is about so much more than weight loss.
Now, the nitty gritty. I need to lose 110 lbs. That is a lot. I am pretty embarrassed to admit this, but it is what it is. It's not like it's not right there in your face when you meet me!
I am giving myself 2 years to do this. Just over 1 lb a week, which is a decrease of 500 calories a day. In giving myself 2 years, I believe I will be able to achieve the goal. Slow and steady wins the race. It will be an exercise in patience and endurance. No quick fix here.
I will eat between 1800-2200 calories a day and burn between 200-600 calories a day with intentional exercise. Obviously, I will eat more calories on the days I exercise more, so I have some leeway with my plan and won't "give up" if I eat a little too much that day. This will net me an average of 1600 calories a day. My game plan will be to eat around 2000 and burn 400 with intentional exercise. This won't be a HUGE change (hehe, no pun intended) from what I'm doing now with food, but it will be with exercise. That will be making all the difference.
I will be logging my food and exercise in Fitday.com to keep me accountable, which I've been doing on and off for years and if that is not enough, then I will go back to Weight Watchers. I don't want to because I don't want to spend the money, but will if I can't follow through with this.
I will weigh in every Friday morning. This morning was my first and as I said, I need to lose 110 lbs.
My first mini goal is to lose 10 lbs by April 11. I have a feeling I'll lose faster than that in the beginning, but since my goal is 1 pound a week, that is what I'm sticking to and anything else is icing on the cake. HA!
I will have my X take before pics this weekend and I plan on posting comparison pics once a month. The next one will be March 1st.