So, you may recall that when I started the year (and this project, I weighed 198.8 pounds. Basically, I was a dirty martini away from 200.
By the end of January, I'd made some progress, and managed to get down to about 192-ish.
Well, yesterday morning, I stepped on the scale, and clocked in at 182.9.
That's 15.9 pounds. Hell, let's just round it up and say that I've lost 16 lbs. Go, me!
How did I do it, you ask?
1. I'd done it before. For a prior 101 Things project, I lost a lot of weight by going on Weight Watchers. So, I know the basics about eating whole grains, not skipping breakfast. Heavy on the fruits and vegetables. Lean proteins. Portion control. Make better choices. Weight Watchers was great training in how to do the things that you need to do. Unfortunately, tracking points is a pain in the ass, and it's expensive--even if you're not going to meetings and only doing it online.
2. I got a Fitbit. Now, looking at my friends who have fitbits, I have to say that I'm behind them pretty much every week in terms of number of steps taken. But I've been wearing it regularly, and just knowing that it's there does, I think, motivate me to get up and be more active.
3. I've been sick. I've spent a lot of time this winter with a cold or some kind of sinus infection. I wouldn't want to wish that on anyone, but truthfully, it's supressed my appetite.
4. I'm drinking less. I'm still an avid whiskey drinker, but since part of my 101 Things project is to mix it up a bit, I've had a few weeks with no booze, and many more single days with no booze, and just a reduction in the empty calories really does seem to make a difference.
5. Hypnotherapy. I've been using the iPhone hypnotherapy app by Joseph Clough for all sorts of things--to reduce anxiety, to deal with work stress, to try to become better with money, to improve my blood pressure and to recover from my bouts of illness this winter. But one of the tracks that I've used a few times is his weight loss hypnosis. I feel like it's made a real difference for me. Since I already know what to do to lose the weight, it's just a matter of getting my conscious mind to buy into the program. By doing hypnosis and having my subconscious mind on-board with the marching orders to lose the weight and make better choices, I feel like I'm just sort of doing the right things automatically. It might not be the magic bullet, but I really do feel like it's making a difference for me.
So, that's what's happened so far. 4.1 pounds more to go, and I've essentially hit my goal fo losing 20 lbs. And this time was a lot less painful than the last!
Well, except for the being sick part...