October 1, 2014

October Goals

Well, here we are. It's October. The last month hasn't been perfect, but it's done. And I'm pretty pleased with the results:
  • With the exception of the rash-induced insomnia, I have been sleeping well and waking up with plenty of energy.
  • My clothes are all loose - almost too loose, and I'm looking for maybe someone to take them in so I don't have to buy all new clothes just yet.
  • I don't feel as food obsessed - meaning, most days, I am not counting down the minutes until I can reasonably eat again, and I am not eating junk just for the sake of meeting a calorie goal. I did not count calories this month, but would say with certainty that each day I ate less than my previous goal of 1550, and I felt less hungry all the time.
  • With the exception of the week before my period when I wanted to eat everything within my reach (and sometimes did - lesson learned, I still have a problem with jars of nut butters, even when they are compliant. Still single-serve packets or nothing at all.), I have been very good about not snacking between meals. I have made sure that my meals are enough to sustain and nourish me for a few hours. My exceptions have been on workout days, when I have a handful of almonds and raisins or a Larabar.
  • Oh, and the weigh in.
On September 1, I weighed 294 pounds. On October 1 ... 278. A 16 pound loss. Not bad at all!

There have been a lot of skipped workouts lately - a few late nights at work, a trip to the doctor's, a weekend spent cleaning the apartment and driving all over town looking for bed bug mattress covers. I still made my fitness goal two weeks, though, so I am not beating myself up over having to re-prioritize once in a while.

So, what's the plan, now that it's October?

Well, I woke up and ate egg muffins for breakfast. And I brought chicken and vegetables for lunch. A handful of pistachios for a post-workout snack, and dairy-free tandoori chicken legs and asparagus for dinner.

I'm just going to keep up with it. It's not often that I find something that comes to me naturally and yields desirable results. If this is working, why stop? Plus ... if I resisted treats on our anniversary, when we had house guests, at the Italian festival, at the party ... I can certainly resist them on any regular day. It won't be forever, and some days won't be perfect. But I will stick with this the best I can.

What about you? How was your September? What are your October goals?


Denise said...

Congratulations! That's such great progress. And good for you for sticking with it.

Goals for October: Meal plan and actually stick to it. Sometimes I think I like making the meal plan and grocery list more than I like actually following it. I will exercise 15 times. I WILL. Probably.

Jessica said...

How wonderful!

CarolineCalcote said...

Way to go in September and congrats on completing the Whole30!

That Loud Redhead said...

That's awesome! Congrats on the loss AND the positive changes!

Running Meg said...

Congrats your September accomplishments!

Keep on keepin' on, lady!

Dinnerland said...

Amazing progress! I'm back to it myself- and hoping to lose to a 'normal' BMI level… one day at a time.

LovelyDreams said...

Sounds like you're doing great!