I am thrilled to tell you that I actually exercised last night. Albeit, it wasn't a three mile run, but something is always better than nothing. I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and it was tough. On the plus side, it was only 20 minutes, so just as I was feeling like I was going to die, the tape was nearly over.
I know that I've said this a million times, but exercise is really the cure for everything. Most importantly (in my opinion) you feel this enormous sense of accomplishment after achieving an exercise goal. The trick, I think, is that the exercise has to be challenging enough. If the exercise is too easy, (aka, in my case, walking three blocks to the store) the feeling of post-exercise satisfaction doesn’t come, haha. The 30 Day Shred Level One was definitely challenging for me (I can feel it in my legs this morning!) and my goal is to do the Shred five days a week for the next month and then switch to level two. Seven days is just not realistic for me, the Queen of Lazy, but I think I can work out 20 minutes a day, five days a week, don't you?
So, I've been thinking a bit about my long-term health and weight loss goals. It's been nearly a year since I first joined Weight Watchers and I've lost roughly 65-70 pounds (depending on what scale I use). While I admit that I’ve made great progress, I think somewhere in the back of my mind, I truly believed that I could lose the entire 90 pounds by this time. When I first joined WW, I think it was too daunting to imagine having to lose weight for over a year, so I planned to meet my goal in under a year—nine months to be exact. I even marked up a desk calendar with the weights I would be at each month, approximating that I would lose 7 pounds a month. Unfortunately, I didn’t account for plateaus, gains, and much-needed breaks from the program.
But now I need to refocus on my weight loss journey and my path to reaching a healthy weight. I would love, someday, to not have to worry about being overweight or having people judge me because of my size. I’d like my weight to be a total non-issue. I don’t necessarily want to be skinny, because I happen to like my curves, but I’d like to go through the rest of my life knowing that I’m just normal. I’ve got somewhere between 20-25 pounds to lose in order to reach a healthy weight, according to BMI and WW, and then if I want to lose an additional 10-15 pounds, I can.
So, the question now is, What is the best, most sustainable way of losing this last 20-30 pounds? What diet would fit best into my lifestyle? Old Weight Watcher plan? New Weight Watcher plan? Calorie counting? Intuitive eating? So many choices that have worked for so many different people. I know, in the end, losing weight is as simple as eating less and moving more. However, there are many different routes to achieving that goal. I’m not entirely sure what will work best for me.
To be honest, I did lose the vast majority of my weight on the old WW plan, so I know that works. On the other hand, I tried counting points yesterday and I ended up using 25 on the old plan (two over my allotted DPs of 23) and 28 on the new plan(one under my allotted DPs). Clearly, I need to make a decision. Do you have any suggestions?