65 Pounds To Go: Weight Loss Journey Updates

I’m all about owning up to responsibility and all, but I’m going to take a moment and blame Texas for all the delicious food I’m surrounded by. I kid. Sort of. (But really, why am I surrounded by so many alluring temptations?!)

In all seriousness though, I’ll be honest. My weight loss journey has been pretty much non-existent. To the point where if I stepped on the scale, I’d be disappointed at the fact that I most likely put on some weight since my former post.

Not only am I a social eater, but I’m an emotional, late-night eater too. Once my toddler goes down, I get into the habit of snacking (or straight up eating another meal) shortly before sleeping, which clearly makes weight-loss impossible to achieve. This morning, after waking up feeling sick, and knowing that I needed to approach this differently, I decided to create a set game plan.

In my former post, I mentioned my previous problems with “extreme diets” that eventually backfired on me. Because of that, I decided to go in with the mentality that I’d approach my weight loss in a balanced way- cutting back on calories here and there, and eating certain foods in moderation. But in all honesty, that didn’t work for me.

I realized that I need to set up a clear structure to go by, or I simply won’t follow it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been (seriously) lacking in energy and justifying my sleep-deprivation as a parent by putting tons of junk inside my body. It’s a vicious cycle. More junk, less energy. More feeling sick, more regrets. Less motivation. More insecurity. Less productivity.

So here I am again. And this time, I’m setting clear-cut goals. I’m also creating meal plans on a daily basis, so I can keep track of what I’m consuming. I’m setting numbers because I need to have a reasonable goal laid in front of me, whereas before, with the lack of structure, I gave myself too much leeway.

So here’s my goal.

Within the next 2 to 3 years, I’m aiming to lose at least 45 pounds. However, I’m ultimately aiming to lose 65 pounds to return to my previous weight that I felt the most healthiest at.

So just to break down my goals for myself since I’m a visual person:

65 pounds to lose within a 2-3 year time span.

In 2 years: 32.5 lbs per year
Monthly: 2.7 lbs per month

In 3 years: 21.6 lbs per year
Monthly: 1.8 lbs per month

I feel like that’s a reasonable goal to set without putting too much pressure on myself, while giving me enough time for trial and error- to see what works best for my body. I know realistically with my toddler, I won’t be able to workout everyday, but I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes of cardio 3x a week.

In regards to food, I’ve made a commitment to start eating more nutritiously. I’ve been primarily consuming a ton of starches and dairy, so I’m going to cut back on those and incorporate a lot more vegetables with protein. I love frittatas, taco salads, and Acai bowls, so I’m going to consume a lot of those and work on creating healthy variations of each.

There were so many times these past few months where I wanted to just throw the towel and give up, thinking to myself that I’d just accept this heavier frame of mine. But I just don’t feel good. As I mentioned in my prior post, I feel sick. My body aches. It’s that much more of a hassle to do basic things that I used to be able to do with ease, because I can literally feel the weight with every step I take. This is something I need to do. For myself, for my family, and to better serve those around me.

So here I go again. Take two. Please keep me in your prayers, y’all!

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12 thoughts on “65 Pounds To Go: Weight Loss Journey Updates

  1. Sarah says:

    Hannah ❤

    Sending lots of love and support your way. I know you can do it and your method is awesome. Weight loss for better health is a marathon, not a sprint. When I wanted to lose weight in the past, I made the mistake of skipping meals, overexercising, and eating small portions and that backfired. So, I think you're going to be successful 🙂

    I, too struggle with snacking late at night. The temptation is real! So I hope you know you're not alone in your struggles. I took it a day at a time and asked myself if I'm really hungry, or if I'm bored. Also, if I do want to eat late at night, I try eating fruits or veggies. Big emphasis on try, haha.

    You got this!

    Sarah
    SarahJaiheLee.com

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  2. Ohemaa Beauty says:

    Hello Hannah! Your post describes me in every sense. I am struggling with excess weight from my last pregnancy and consuming junk as I always feel pressed for time is taking a huge toll on my body. Thank you for putting things in perspective and giving me a new kick to try again. I will be praying for you on your journey. Good luck!

    Sasha ❤

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  3. Beverly says:

    All the best in your journey Hannah! xx I have tried and fallen off the weight loss wagon to many times so I hope we can be each other’s support system as we try to get healthier! Although I know I definitely can’t wait 2 – 3 years though lol. I am aiming to be down 20kg (about 44lbs) by the end of the year. However I’ll be happy to get to at least half of my target by then!

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