Sorry for the unannounced hiatus. Unfortunately, I’m still in school and just finished midterms yesterday. At least it was my last midterm ever!
Anyway, not much as happened in terms of health. My birthday was on Friday, which of course meant lots of cake and fettuccine and plenty of other stuff I should not be eating. Including my brothers’ discarded Halloween candy. However, it’s the start of a new month, and I’ve set a new goal for myself.
By New Year’s, I’m going to lose twelve pounds.
I have exactly two months, which comes out to about two pounds a week, a number I’m confident I can make. Part of this decision is of course for health, because I’ve gotten to a point with my weight at which I’m not comfortable and just feel blah. The other part is aesthetics – I have a couple pairs of skinny jeans I’d like to fit into this season.
This time of year is always hard for me as far as eating healthfully. First I have my birthday, then Halloween, then of course Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) and Christmas. I find, however, it’s easier to control myself on those big eating holidays if I have a solid goal in mind. I feel like New Years is a good date to keep in mind, because hopefully if I make my goal I’ll be motivated to start the year fresh and healthy. I’m also looking for jobs currently, and find that being healthy and feeling good about myself gives me more confidence in interviews. I’d also like to be able to fit back into that suit I bought last spring.
I think I’ve started the first day well. I woke up bright and early and went straight to Trader Joe’s to pick up my weekly essentials, including the ingredients I needed for a new recipe I tried today: Chunky Banana Bran Muffins. It’s from Barefoot Contessa at Home, a cookbook from Ina Garten my parents gave me for my birthday. I also picked up some things for lunch: wheat bread, natural turkey, organic mozzarella, organic pesto, tomatoes and some Food Should Taste Good chips (if you haven’t tried those, you’re seriously missing out).
The tool I think I’ll be using the most is Calorie Count, a website that allows you to record any foods you eat and calculates things like how much fiber and vitamins you’re getting. It also has an awesome Recipe Analyzer, where you plug in all the ingredients and it tells you the nutrition facts for your recipe (I used it for the Bran Muffins). I have the Calorie Count toolbar loaded in my browser, so I can easily log foods and track how many calories I’ve eaten and pounds I’ve lost.
Now that midterms are over, I’ll hopefully be able to post here more often. Blogging about my weight loss will keep me on track, so I’m going to do my best to be consistent and track my progress.
Are any of you trying to lose weight this holiday season? Any tips or tricks you can offer?