Am I Really Back? Yes, I Think I Am

The Internet tells me that it’s been 243 days since my last post. The last time I stopped posting, it was for 466 days. Clearly, I’m getting better at maintaining a regular blogging schedule. πŸ˜‰ I’ve meant to start up again several times, but I kept holding off, waiting to see if I was really back onto a serious effort. Every time, it turned out I wasn’t. But I’m feeling more confident this time. I’ve been working at it steadily for 3 weeks now.

Funnily enough, I weight almost the exact same weight that I recorded in my last post. I was 178.7 kg in June last year, and I weighed in this morning at 178.6 kg. Boom! Down 100 grams!

Well, not really. When I look at my past weigh-ins (yes, I have occasionally gone to WW meetings in the interim), I’ve varied between 178.1 kg and 187.5 kg, and averaged 181.3 kg. My average weight since I joined WW back in May, 2017 is 178.0 kg. So I’m just a little above my average. Everything from here on should be moving me into positive territory. πŸ˜„

Today at our meeting we talked about WW’s STAR system for achieving goals. So I’m setting a mini-goal to lose 8.7 kg so that I’ll break 170 kg and get back in the 160s. I haven’t been there since July, 2018.

S = specific. Set a clear goal, and plan out in as much detail as reasonable how you’ll go about achieving it. My goal is to lose 8.7 kg to get back under 170 kg. My plan for doing that is to eat healthy, low calorie (and low WW SmartPoint) meals, and to avoid snacking. I’ve been doing that the last couple of weeks by eating a lot of vegetables, and a little chicken and fish. It’s worked well (I’ve lost 7.3 kg in the last two weeks). And FitBit says that my average number of steps was 3928 for the last week, and 4894 for the last 28 days. I’m going to increase that to an average of over 5000 steps a day by planning an activity for at least 5 days next week.

T= truly doable. It’s important to make sure the goal is achievable. I’m not going to set a time frame on the goal. I’m just going to focus on getting it done. Once I see how I’m going, I might try to work out a reasonable time. If my past performance is anything to go by, I’m thinking 5 to 8 weeks.

A = active. Plan to achieve your goals by focusing on what you’re going to do, instead of on what you’re not going to do. I’m going to plan my meals in advance. I’m going to track everything I eat (or drink, if it has calories). I’m going to plan activities to increase my steps. I’m going to enjoy eating more vegetables. I’m going to eat enough at meal times that I don’t feel hungry in between meals. I’m going to keep myself busy enough that I don’t feel bored and snackish in between meals.

R = relevant. The actions you plan to take should be things you want to do, not just things you think you should do. Look at both the actions themselves and the reasons why you want to do them. I want to eat more healthily because it’ll help me lose weight. I want to lose weight because I feel better when I weigh less. My clothes fit better. I feel more comfortable out in public–not just emotionally, but I literally fit more easily (on the bus, in a crowded cafe, etc.). When I feel more comfortable out in public, I want to go out more. When I go out more, I have more fun.

So there you go. I’m back, and I weigh pretty much the same as I did the last time I quit blogging, and also the time before that. Lotta ups-and-downs, ins-and-outs, and what-have-yous, but I honestly feel like I’m in a much better place, I’ve got a plan, and I’m going to keep trying.

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