You guys all know that I’ve been consciously working on losing weight. It’s never easy, and the past few weeks have really tested me. It’s hard to keep motivated as it is, and the past month or so I’ve been seeing very little in the way of results. I try to be positive, but only losing .2 week after week gets really frustrating really quickly. I know it’s progress, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing it would come off faster. I still have 48 pounds to go to my goal weight, and it just seems like it’s so far away.
Even with that, I’m trying to celebrate the small changes I’ve made in my life in the past few months…mostly that I’ve become more active in my everyday life. I used to think nothing of sitting on the couch watching TV after Abbie went to be bed. Now? If I don’t have all my steps in, a walk is required. If it’s raining, I’ll march in place until I get them. all. I think I’m a bit obsessed, to tell you the truth. I’m always trying to compete with everyone else on my Fitbit list, but mostly I compete with myself. I’m always walking around the neighborhood, whether it’s to take Abbie to the playground or run an errand at the grocery store across the street.
Going to the gym at lunch has become normal for me. If I don’t get there, I make sure to take extra walks throughout my day. I always take the stairs down in my building (I work on the 6th floor) and when I have to go up to the 7th floor. If someone else is with me, I’m always pushing them to take the stairs too.
I read health websites on a regular basis now (Greatist is one of my faves). I look for easy recipes with real ingredients. I pack my lunch every day – either leftovers or something fresh. I eat yogurt nearly every day, and have vastly upped my fruit and veggie intake. Remember this list? I still do a majority of the things on it that I started doing for that work challenge. I go the long way everywhere, and usually go to coworkers’ desks rather than calling them.
I could keep going on all these little changes I’ve made…there’s tons of them. While I’m not currently dropping the weight like I want, I know these things are helping, and I’m glad they’re part of my lifestyle now – they’ll only help me as I get closer to my goal, and I need to keep them up.
What are your thoughts on small changes? Do you think they help?