I ate more takeout food than I should have. And I started to worry that my lost weight may have started to return. It had been a couple weeks since my last weigh-in. The scale is not convenient now because we have had to move things around to keep a clear path for my wheelchair.
So this weekend I had hubby haul out the scale. I’m down another 5 pounds for a 30 pound loss so far! I’m very pleased and I hope I can maintain my new habits and make even better ones as my recovery continues.
to be losing weight as a result of my lifestyle changes brought on after my fall.
I’m still in the wheelchair and can’t drive, which means I can’t just hop in a car and grab fast food. And we can’t just go out to eat several times a week. We have been eating at home a lot more.
The biggest lifestyle changes I have made are:
- not eating out so frequently. In fact we rarely eat out because of transportation issues and are ordering in twice a week (less than we used to eat out)
- no opportunities to grab fast food so we rarely have that
- I previously had a good habit of eating healthy foods spaced out in the morning so I wouldn’t be ravenous by lunchtime (yogurt at 8:30, a little oatmeal at 9:30, banana at 10:30). But now I’ve added healthy snacks in the afternoon to replace junk (candy bars, chips, any kind of high fat sweets) I might have eaten before. Now snacks are fruit, nuts, low fat mozzarella sticks, things like that.
- I’m actually finding I can say no to high calorie sweets at the office (cookies, muffins, cake) by instituting a “one dessert in a day” rule, so I save myself to have some pudding with my hubby after dinner.
- sticking to smaller portions most of the time now for lunch and dinner meals. Once in a while I slip up on this one when we get delivery.
More changes I will be working on:
- eat more fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
- eat healthier fats (olive oil, canola)
- cook more at home, especially once I’m more on my feet.
This goal has been on my list for a long time and is one I struggled with. I was always getting up too late and resorting to driving so as not to be too late to work. Boy was that an expensive bad habit.
Since my accident nearly 5 months ago now I have been unable to drive. Hopefully that will change soon, but I have no intention of going back to driving to work. The habit of taking the bus (or special Access bus) on a predetermined schedule is well ingrained now and I’m not expecting to backslide.
I’m calling this done.