onegirliknow is ready, whether she knows it or not.
So that last entry down there is from 4 years ago. Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t really lost any weight at all. Here are the things that have changed since this last entry:
- I stopped eating meat altogether about 2.5 years ago.
- I run consistently, if not often.
- I quit drinking.
In the last three months I pretty effortlessly dropped 10 pounds (not drinking helped that immensely…). I’m also currently training for a half marathon, which is encouraging.
I also have a lot of people around me nowadays who are very active and health conscious. 4 years ago I didn’t know anyone else that liked to go hiking, wanted to run, or had any ambition to be healthy. Having healthy people around me has been a good motivator for me to also be healthier.
I’ve spent a little bit of time researching food. It’s not just enough to count calories and exercise – it’s about what’s in the food I’m eating. There are some things I’m not willing to give up (like a little bit of sharp cheddar in just about everything I eat), but I’m really excited about eating good food.
I’ve also started looking at food from a fuel standpoint. The food I eat is what keeps me alive, so it’s best to give myself good fuel.
My work is part of a coop that has organic fruits and vegetables delivered weekly for a very reasonable price. One of the problems I was having with food was that I wasn’t buying enough fresh foods (even though I thought I was) and was making bad choices on other foods. The coop delivery gives me enough fruits and vegetables to keep me well fed for a week without really having to buy anything at the store (except maybe some non-fat plain Greek yogurt…)
Another strategy I’ve come up with is to prep all of my food as soon as I get it home. I wash all of my vegetables and pre-cut everthing. This saves me time, and makes it a lot easier to cook after a long day.
So I’m down to 145 this week. The goal is still 125, but I think I’ll be happy at an active 135. I’d also like to be a solid 135, not a squishy 135, which will make this a good challenge.