I don’t know if any of you have tried, but losing weight is fucking hard. I know no one tells you this, but the desk job 10 is way worse than the “Freshman 15” especially since you don’t just gain it once. I graduated college 3 years ago, and I have gained about 10 pounds each year. So, here I am, determined to weigh what I did my junior year of college. I know better than to think I can get back to pre-college weight.
You won’t look like that forever.
40 pounds. I want to lose 40 pounds. That’s not excessive. That’s not even a Biggest Loser competitive number. According to the NIH, I started out at the borderline between overweight and obese (29.5) category on the BMI chart. If I lose 40 pounds, I’ll be in the upper range (23) of the normal category.
So, I’m a little more than one month in. I’ve lost about 10 pounds and gained 2 back because of my period (Being a woman is great, huh?). Weekly weigh-ins really point out the fluctuations I already knew were happening during my cycle. 28 on the BMI chart. Solidly in the overweight category.
Step 1 – Quit soda
The hardest change I made first was quitting soda. Little did I know, the sugar withdrawal hit me way harder than the caffeine withdrawal. I gave myself a break by buying all sorts of fruit in the grocery store. I recommend quitting soda in the summer, since that’s when fruit is the best. My average fruit intake was a banana, 1-2 peaches, 1 cup of blueberries, and 1 cup of grapes. By the 3rd day, the taste of water was getting boring, so I introduced lemons into the mix. You know that there is something wrong with you when lemon water seems like a luxury.
Look at that luxurious lemon. All fancy on silk and shit.
Step 2 – Join Weight Watchers (WW)
After the first week, I realized how hard this weight loss this was going to be, and the only change I made was not drinking soda. After researching diets, and the likelihood of each working, I decided on Weight Watchers. I’m not going to lie, a big part of this choice also involved that I would still get to eat carbs. I love carbs.
All the things I love.
WW has a point tallying system, and their eTools make tracking your points the same as having to count calories. The biggest benefit of WW is going to weekly meetings, meeting with the same group of people every week, sharing our successes, and coaching each other through those weeks when you retain too much water.
I swear, I’ll look like the before picture next week. It’s just water weight.
The meetings are usually split 50/50 between weight loss and self-care topics. My first meeting was a non-judgmental approach to portion control and explained the concept of eat whatever you want, but not how much you want.
But I want to eat all of them. Especially the ones with sprinkles. I love sprinkles.
The second one was about how to look at time wasters so you could gain an extra 15 minutes a day to spend on yourself. Not exercising, but relaxing. I was skeptical of joining WW and going to all the meetings, but the meetings make this process the opposite of the paleo cross-fitters. And they have stickers!
I just want a sticker. Not this nonsense.
Step 3 – Have an amazing partner that loves to cook
Not my actual boyfriend, but an adequate google search stand in.
After the first 2 weeks of weight loss, and seeing that the changes did make a difference, my boyfriend jumped on board and started cooking for us. My previous method was a lot of fresh fruits (no points!) and frozen dinners. Now my food was delicious marinated chicken and vegetables. Skinnytaste is the best blog for recipes. I just subscribed to the blog, and then forwarded the recipes I liked to my boyfriend, and now I get delicious food.
If you don’t have a cook in your life, the recipes aren’t that hard to do. We started out trying to do a meal preparation trade off every day, but the joy of depression means that I can’t always pull my weight. To modify our plan, we sit together about twice a week to plan out our menu. This way, it’s easy for him to pick up what I was going to make, and I can garden or lay in bed or whatever seems doable after work.
I’m helping, right?
Step 4 – Exercise?
I have not gotten to step 4. I hate exercising.
Yeah, I love exercise! This isn’t exercise?
This plan has been working so far, but work has sent me out of town for 3 months, so now it looks like frozen dinners and careful restaurant planning for me. I’ll keep you updated with how that works out. I’m typing this with a palmier in my hand. No judgment.