From FAT to fit: The Time is NOW!

The time is now. My time. I’d found my trigger. My goal. My carrot at the end of the stick. A vacation to Hawaii. I knew from past, personal experience trying to make a lot of changes at once would lead to failure, so I researched how to lose weight. Most would say, well, that’s easy. Don’t eat bad-for-you foods. Exercise. Yeeeaaaahhhh, no. Been there, tried that, got the t-shirt I’m too fat to wear in the back of my closet…

After all of my researching, I knew I had to incorporate three things into my life. More water, exercise, and less food. Using my past failures as a guide, Now is the time. My time. I’d found my trigger. My goal. My carrot at the end of the stick. A vacation to Hawaii. I knew from personal experience that trying to do everything at once usually led to failure, so I researched how to lose weight. Most would say, well, that’s easy. Don’t eat bad foods. Exercise. Yeeeaaaahhhh, no. Been there, tried that, got the t-shirt I’m too fat to wear in the back of my closet…

After all of my researching, I knew I had to incorporate three things into my life. More water, exercise, and less food. Using my past failures as a guide, I decided to approach this with a three part plan. I would incorporate each aspect into my lifestyle one at a time. Considering I’m a lazy thing, and would rather read than eat (which considering how much weight I need to lose should give you an idea of the size of my personal library) in addition to absolutely, positively hating exercise, I put exercise at the bottom of my list. Food, I love food. A lot……obviously. And giving any of it up seemed like an insurmountable challenge. Water, I like water. I could drink more water. I had my plan’s guideline. Increase my water intake and once my weight loss began to plateau I would begin restricting my calorie intake. Once I plateaued from the calorie restriction, then and only then would I begin doing the dreaded exercise.

I knew how much water one is supposed to drink to be healthy, but I didn’t know how much to drink in order to lose weight, thankfully I didn’t have to wait long to find out. The drink water reminder app I found, downloaded, and have been using ever since, had me input my height, weight, and my weight goal, then it calculated how much water I should drink. I went from drinking maybe twenty to thirty ounces a day to150 ounces a day. A DAY! Thanks water app. To put it in perspective, a gallon is 128 ounces. I started by drinking more than a gallon of water a day. To say I was increasing my trips to the restroom is putting it mildly. The running joke is that you don’t lose weight from the water, but from running to the restroom all the time! And I can’t say that I disagree with that sentiment. It took a couple weeks to get a fairly standard water schedule for me. Now, I drink thirty ounces in the morning before I eat breakfast, another thirty before lunch, and another thirty before eating dinner. I somehow found the way to drink an additional sixty ounces throughout the day, usually thirty in the morning and another in the afternoon.

Thanks to my handy-dandy app, I know I started logging my water intake on April 17th and plateaued in late June. From the middle of April to late June I went from 289 lbs. to 265. I was impressed with myself, but I still hadn’t reached my 250 lb goal. Reaching that first plateau was encouraging and disappointing at the same time. But I knew what I had to do. I had to keep track of what I eat and I had to be accountable for every bit of food in my mouth. There are a lot of different apps to choose from, but I’m not some first-timer when it comes to this whole trying to lose weight thing. So I went back to an app I’d abandoned several years ago. I was going to have to face my food demons and My Fitness Pal was either going to be my personal Satan or my salvation…

August 2017

Author: emilyofmysfamcottage

I'm a weird, wandering, book-loving writer who shares a home with her soul sister, two crazy cats, and an even crazier dog. Sometimes I write about made-up worlds and sometimes I write about my insane life. Every now and then I'll go take photographs.