At this year’s Fitbloggin’ conference, I attended a discussion on setting goals for weight loss with Erin.
She told me what many others have told me — it’s time to let go of being Big (Huge) Dre and be Big (Healthy) Dre. That’s been one of the hardest things about the thought of losing a lot of weight. I still see myself as an athlete, but the truth is I am a mere shade of what I used to be when it comes to athletic performance. But one of the many things that has been on my mind since that session at Fitbloggin’ is when Erin said, “That athlete is still inside you.”
So, again, it’s time to find that person.
The first goal I set was to
lose my first 10 pounds. I figured that would be much of the water I had been retaining for a while now, but would not go away. The steps I took to do this:
1. Return of the snack: Instead of eating three big meals like I had been doing during the time I gained back the weight I lost, I starting eating more frequent and smaller meals. Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack. Snacking has been much smarter and is helping my get through my day so much better.
2. Brought back Victoza: Victoza is a medicine that is prescribed to some diabetics that helps increase the amount of insulin your body produces. The side effects are rough, which is why I stopped taking it before. I’m nauseated a lot. The dull headaches are constant. And it’s easy to take too much insulin. However, the results are outstanding.
3. I planned: Bringing my breakfast and lunch to work has been a huge help to this week’s success. No doubt, I say it all the time. I’m not a great planner when it comes to diet. But as Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” I also learned something about myself this week. I don’t have much trouble saying no to trigger foods when I’m randomly around them. I said no to VooDoo donuts in Portland (not judging those who didn’t — they sure looked good). I said no to pizza, hot sausages, elephant ears and a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger while attending the state fair yesterday. The times I get caught are the times I don’t plan well enough, skip a meal and end up rolling through a fast food spot to satisfy the hunger.
Erin also told us to set small goals and make sure we keep on them as to create a good habit. Some of those include wearing my C-PAP every night (it’s been hard), using Sworkit to do body weight exercises twice a week, and drinking 16 ounces of water upon waking up.
Now that the first weight goal is down, what’s next?
I want to lose the next 10 pounds. Realistically, I don’t see myself losing another 10 pounds in a week. However, I still believe that my weight is high enough that I would not be happy with a two-pound loss, even though it’s a loss. I will continue to work on my other goals, eating good meals and will start to introduce a weight training/high intensity interval training plan soon.
Keep on working hard, Team Meltdown. The Fight Is On.
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