Well, I'm happy to report that I'm ending 2012 on a good weight loss note!
This week's stats:
This weeks loss= 2.2 lbs :)
Total loss= 27.2lbs
I'm very excited about this. It took so much willpower to turn down the extra holiday goodies and it was totally worth it! I've had a far from perfect weight loss journey so far. I've been doing this about 20 weeks now and my total is 27.2 for an average weekly loss of 1.3lbs. However, only the past few weeks have I been having steady losses. My total weight loss for December is 7.6lbs for a weekly average of 1.9lbs!
So what's changed?
I feel like a lot has changed since I've started this blog. I wanted to start a blog for accountability and it has done that for me. In addition, I've been inspired and motivated by other bloggers. There really is a great diet blog community online!
One of the most annoying sayings you'll hear in your first year of law school, if you ever go, is "think like a lawyer." That phrase would become so annoying during that first semester. Every professor telling you that first you need to learn to think like a lawyer. For some people the new way of thinking clicked very quickly, for some people it took the first semester, some the second, and so on. It clicks at different times for different people. I feel like dieting is similar. Sure I started this diet back in the second week of August. I was staying within my points, most of the time. I was losing a little weight. But was I really getting it? Did it click? No, I really don't think it did. I've heard now many times the phrase "think like a skinny person." A skinny person doesn't ride the elevator up to flights, they walk. They don't order supersize fries all the time, they get salads, etc.
Now, I can't say that I think like a skinny person per se, but I do feel like something has clicked. My thinking has changed. For example, I went out to dinner with some of my friends from high school last night to an italian restaurant. Normally I would have gotten the chicken fettuccine alfredo, soup, and eaten bread. But yesterday I researched the menu, looked at the nutrition facts, and made an educated choice of something I would enjoy and that would be healthy and on program for me before going. Yes, I could have splurged, but to me it was just not worth it. It is like skipping Christmas cookies, for the most part, this year. I had 4.5 cookies total. I'm shocked. That is so not me, but maybe it is the new me. Eating a cookie when I'm really not hungry is just not worth it.
All I can say is that I hope I continue moving on this positive path. I know there will be ups and downs, but I really like December's progress!
On a final note, I received some great Christmas gifts that are great for anyone on a diet. So if you or a friend is starting a diet for a new year's resolution here are a few gift ideas:
An insulated, no sweat, tumbler:
I quit diet coke a few weeks ago and I haven't looked back! I work hard to drink more water and I've found a great way to drink more is to have it always around. I've made a routine of it, I get into work and I first fill up my tumble with ice and water, that is why the no sweat ones are nice because you don't have to worry about damaging your desk. When I have my water at my desk I'm finding that I drink way more. When I finish it then I use it as an opportunity for a small break. I get up walk back to the kitchen and fill it up again. I haven't been having a problem getting my 8 cups of water in.
You can find these almost anywhere. So check your Target, Kohls, Walmart. I'm sure you can find them elsewhere also. Here is an example of some with color: Insulated Tumbler, Kohls
For anyone looking to increase their exercise, music is a great gift. A simple way to do this is just by giving a gift card.
I received a few itunes gift cards this year and I know they will be put to good use! If you don't know what music someone likes then gift cards are always a good way to go!
Finally, I thought this was such a cute gift! My cousin actually got me measuring cups that are matroyshka dolls (russian nesting dolls). They are cute, I can put them in my kitchen and be encouraged to use them and they store so easily!
On any diet, portion control is really important so any one on a diet needs to have measuring tools. So why not have cute ones? lol
If you like these then you can find them on amazon here.
Did you get any great gifts to help you with your diet? Please share :)