Holly Week 14: Time to Get Real

Obviously, my current plan has not been working. While my eating habits have improved from a year ago and I have been able to keep 12 lbs off consistently since May, there is a lot of room for improvement (not to mention another 50 lbs to lose). I have decided to make a more tangible goal: I want to lose those 50 lbs by the 25th of May 2013, which will put me at my goal weight of 135. To do this, I will need to lose 8.33 lbs per month, which translates to 2 lbs per week. To do this I have to take stock.

Areas in which I have improved:

  • Reintroduced fruit and some veggies into my diet
  • Stopped snacking all day long
  • Cut down on the amount of food and number of calories per meal significantly
  • Introduced more healthy food into my diet (seafood,brown rice, salads, etc.)
  • Increased my level of activity from zilch to exercising several times per week
  • Reintroduced vitamins into my diet
  • Practically eliminated diet soda in favor of water

Areas that still require improvement:

  • Stop late-night snacking
  • Stop drinking altogether (both for calorie reduction and to make better diet choices)
  • Increase levels of activity throughout the day
  • Introduce more long/heavy workout sessions into my weeks
  • Make healthy meals the norm and unhealthy food the exception

The plan:

  • Use Sparkpeople.com for tracking, goal setting, and videos (starting with the 28-day challenge)
  • Stick to 1200 calories per day (and no more than 1500 on “special circumstances” days)
  • Join the local YMCA, which is within biking distance, and do cardio/swimming whenever possible
  • Only keep healthy food in the house (lean meats, whole grains, fruit, and veggies)
  • Increase my water intake to at least 8 glasses per day
  • Make healthy living a hobby, rather than just something I have to do
  • Get a little help from my friends
  • Do not keep alcohol in the house and commit to not purchasing any
  • Stop eating after 8:00 pm

I am committed. I will do this. No slacking.


About HollyZ

I am a 20-something freelance writer/editor that was formerly extremely active and now works fulltime in a sedentary and mentally exhausting field. I still enjoy surfing, skateboarding, and playing with my dog at the beach, but I have had little time for such pursuits due to my busy schedule. However, I have launched myself on the path towards weight loss in order to feel healthier, live happier, and increase my confidence.

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