For several weeks at the end of 2007, I had difficulty making the transition to a “fitness mindset”. Mac and I had started this blog, and I knew that it was important for me to begin losing weight (and getting fit), but I was still making poor choices. At the beginning of November I weighed 207. At the beginning of December I weighed 207. At the beginning of January I weighed 207.
I’m pleased to report that I’ve finally begun making progress.
For one thing, I’ve made the mental commitment to this project. That’s key. I know why I’m doing this, I have goals, and when a choice arises, I’m usually able to keep these goals in mind.
As a result, I’m down six pounds during the month of January. The past couple mornings, I’ve weighed in at 201. (My body fat is still at 33%.)
I realize that fitness is not all about weight loss. I also realize that at some point, I’ll need to add an exercise component to my program. (Sooner rather than later, I hope.) But for now, I’m pleased with my progress, and pleased to have made the mental leap.
What is keeping me focused? There seems to be swelling coverage and support of my personal finance site. It’s beginning to find its way into mainstream media. I’ve come to realize that I will eventually be called upon to act as a personal ambassador to the site, and I want to feel confident when doing so. In order to do that, I need to be comfortable with my weight. This is a powerful motivator.
How am I losing the weight? Making lots of small smart choices. I am not perfect. I still have a bad snack now and then, but these instances are rarer than before. (I’m not stopping at 7-11 for Sno-Balls!) I’m eating more stuff that’s good for me. (Yesterday I described my diet to Kris as “fruit, nuts, and cheese”.)
During the day, especially, I try to make healthy choices. The most important of these is reduced portion sizes. My portion sizes have decreased significantly during the past month, and I think it’s made a huge difference. By making smart choices during the day, I’m able to have a little more freedom at dinner. I still try to keep the portions small, but I don’t sweat so much over whether my meal is perfectly healthy. (But, at the same time, I’m not intentionally eating “bad” food.)
In short, I’ve found motivation to improve my fitness, and this has allowed me to stay focused on better choices. I’m eating well throughout the day, which allows me to have a normal (though small) dinner. All of this produced a calorie deficit, which is leading to weight loss.