Hi, I'm Sara. I'm 25 and when I started I was 240, now I'm at 225.. and still trying to drop. I recently found this daily planner http://www.lifes-a-journal.com/2012/03/07/daily-page-notepads-are-back/
I printed it off 7 times, laminated them, and I use a dry erase marker to fill it out every day. So far it's doing a great job keeping me in check. Plus I get the added satisfaction of crossing things off the list as I do them.
Anyway, figured I would share that tidbit of info.
I'm hoping to stick with my current diet. I've done a few dieting attempts in the last few years that lasted maybe a month, obviously didn't work. My attempt in 2008 lasted 3 months - and I dropped 4 sizes. So now I'm trying to see if I can repeat that.
A few other things I'm doing differently this time:
- I keep track of everything I eat on here, and evaluate what to have for dinner based on how many calories I consume earlier in the day.
- I made cute motivational posters from quotes I found on pinterest and scrapbook paper. They are hanging up in my house so I HAVE to look at them.
- Instead of planning my workouts for the month, I write them down every day. Seems to give me more of an affirmation to complete them.
- I only buy healthy food. Can't snack on what isn't there.
- I drink tons of water during the day.
- I use body lotion after every shower. Partly to keep my skin healthy. Partly to keep it elastic so it can adjust to the weight-loss better. But mostly so I am aware of what I look like and so I can spend that extra 'me' time. If I feel like I'm making myself look/feel better by pampering, I almost seem to naturally want to make myself look and feel healthier.
- To start out with, I'm only making minor changes. Paying attention to calories and doing at least 20 minutes of some form of (easy) fitness. I dislike running and being sweaty. So I won't start with running/crossfit/P90X because I know I will hate it and stop. For now, I'm doing some resistance training on my bowflex (it's actually really easy) and I'm doing some Pilates DVDs with stretching other days. Easy and fun. So I don't discourage myself. Eventually I will add things that are more challenging, but just starting out... that's not the best way to go.
If I think of anything else, I will pass it along