Today is the first day of February. I’ve been working hard to lose weight and I’ve lost 5 pounds during January. I want to keep up the momentum and lose another 5 or so in February. Ideally I’d like to get down to 149 on my home scale (that’s my first goal) just to be in the “normal” category for my BMI. And then, ideally, I would like to be in the “normal” category at the doctor’s office.
It depends on how much muscle you have and bone structure too but I definitely have a belly and as I have lost those 5 pounds already I am noticing it’s easier to move around and feeling better. I notice I feel better when I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and foods that have a lot of “color” like raw beets in a salad and sprouts and a wide mixture of natural foods, avocado stuff like that. Getting a lot of nutrients can be very beneficial.
I also want to keep running intervals, I have noticing very impressive weight loss during the days when I do that. It’s also kind of fun, in a “exercisy” way. I really feel like I am pushing myself.
I also want to keep drinking a TON of water, I’ve read that when you are better hydrated you can burn fat more easily (or convert stored fat to energy more easily, actually) . So I am trying to drink a lot of water, eat a lot of vegetables, and exercise as much as possible. I think it’s important to make exercise feel meaningful to you, and have weight loss be meaningful, be doing it for a reason.
I guess partly I’m doing it because I want to feel confident in my body and if I start dating someone I want to feel confident in being romantic with him. But it’s definitely more than that, because I have felt confident in my body and being romantic at all different weights that I have been. And I know that men are attracted to women of all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to weight a certain amount for a guy to like you or to be in a relationship. So losing weight to meet someone or to be in a relationship isn’t really a motivating factor for me.
I guess my main motivation is that I like to be active, and I feel like losing weight makes it easier to do the things that I love. I want to manage my bipolar, and Yoga is an import piece of the bipolar management puzzle for me. I see myself “committing” to Yoga for the rest of my life. I want it to be a daily practice. I mainly began it because of the breathwork and the calming mental effects it has because I wanted it to manage my BP. However now that I do it more I’ve noticed that with a little weight loss it is easier to do the poses.
This type of thing is one of the benefits I hope to experience with weight loss. For example, it would be nice to be able to do the arm balances in Yoga without feeling inhibited by excess abdominal fat or whatever fat anywhere, carrying extra pounds. The lighter I am the easier balances will be. Also, the more weight I can lose the easier any type of activity I can do. I’ll be able to hike farther, run faster, dance better, and have more endurance. I’ll be able to do more gardening, and have more energy to clean my house. Just more energy for everything because I won’t be carrying around extra pounds of fat that are serving no useful purpose.
So I have a lot of motivation to lose weight. To get more energy and be able to do more with my body. I have also been using “stumbleupon to look for websites about motivation.
Anyways, I want to do some intervals/sprinting today, and go to the grocery store and buy supplies for fruit smoothies, and salads. I am going to eat oatmeal for breakfast and go to yoga at 9:30. I am going to clean out the fridge. I am going to make my schedule for working at creekside and organize that so I don’t get stressed by it any more. I am going to make a to-do list and call a lawyer about my social security disability hearing. I am going to check on my budget. And I am going to try and relax and destress a bit. I think I am feeling kind of overwhelmed and I woke up this morning tense at 5 and couldn’t fall back asleep. I need to keep my cortisol low so I can lose weight so I want to minimize stressors I will journal about that. Once I get creekside on a regular schedule and the disability hearing done things will settle down. Just keeping things done, asking for help, and not taking on too much is key.