Well I am not happy to report this, but I have gained 5 pounds since my last post. I am at 207 after 4 months of being in this challenge. Last month I weighed in at 202 and had aspirations to hit under 200 pounds by this time. That would've marked a weight that I haven't touched since 2012.
What happened then? I know exactly what it was... My wife and I had three weddings over the course of a month, so between long night celebrations and traveling around the US, it was hard to concentrate on dieting and working out. Don't get me wrong, I love me a wedding, it just hard to stick with a schedule and diet when you celebrating love!
I also started off this month with such a low weight so I felt comfortable with indulging occasionally. Sadly, I was not able to control myself this month. This is a sad point for me because I was really hoping to hit my goal of sub 200 this month. Over the last several days I have spent time thinking about how I am going to fix this. As many of y'all know, we are moving into the holidays months, so dieting and looking to lose weight is a real challenge for many Americans. The lessons from this month helped me establish these action items for the next month.
I believe that if each of these acts are hit everyday this month, I will successful get back to 202 by next month. Let me go into detail about each point here so I can explain why these tactics will help me right the ship back on course.
One helping at dinner - Binging at dinner needs to stop. Over the last month, I was not eating breakfast and only lunch and dinner. I was starving when I came back from work in the evening and would often cook whatever was available, or easy, to satisfy my cravings. This needs to stop.
Booze really kills your diet's momentum. Not only it is empty carbs, but it also makes you tipsy. This tipsiness makes your logical decision making skills harder to stick to.
Not eating breakfast is criminal. It gets your metabolism started off right when you eat a morning meal. Without one, your body will go into a semi-hibernated state where it stores up meals and fats in your body and will not burn calories the same way.
Swimming is a sport I did for over 13 years of my life. It got me in amazing shape and made my body feel great. I need to bring that back into my routine. Even better, there is a pool only five minutes away from my house. It's time to take the plunge.
Water consumption is the benchmark for a healthy living. Ingest more water, especially around meal times, will make me eat slower and help to curb my appetite. Also it will do words for my skin and help ween me off my coffee addiction.
Obviously I take this streaking pretty seriously and I believe these five items will be hard to commit to, but are necessary to get back on track. Sadly, I am very off track and now have lots of work to do, ... so let's get after it!