Why I’m losing my age – 37 Before 37
This year, I’m on a mission. I know it’s a similar mission, but this time it has a logo and that makes it super-official. I’m going to lose 37 lbs by the time I hit 37 years old. That’s July 17th, 2020.
I started today, on 31st December 2019 and weighed in at 204 lbs, giving me a target of 167 lbs and I’m pretty sure I can do it.
I’ve lost large amounts of weight before and have talked about my journey before, but this time I want to make it stick.
The reasons aren’t all for vanity, though I sure am looking forward to being able to fit my clothes. They’re for general wellness and avoiding injury. Recently I’ve been hurting my back or knees at least once per month and I know it’s due to the extra weight I’m carrying around.
I’m also doing this to save money. I won’t be paying for any expensive protein shakes or ‘detox’ nonsense. I’ll be buying less convenience food and making more soups, eating more veggies, and snacking way less.
I realised that I was spending up to $20 per day on lunch and snacks, which is $100 per workweek. That’s crazy!
So here’s how I’m going to do it:
- Cutting out sugar – no refined sugar, only some fruit
- Cutting out carbs on non-workout days – all bread, rice, pasta, and potato chips when I don’t need the boost in slow-burning energy
- Drinking more water – and way back on my diet drinks
- Eat more real food – plenty of veggies!
- Plenty of exercise – 30 mins minimum per day (gym/walk/run)
- No more snacks to fill the time – eat because I’m hungry, not because I’m just not eating anything right now
- Track my progress – keeping this top-of-mind will help me stay focused
It’s all pretty straight forward. Just good old-fashioned burn more calories than I eat. Honesty is key here too. If I’m putting weight back on, it’s because I’m consuming too many calories. It’s simple.
I also have to remember that slow progress is still progress. There isn’t room for excuses, quick-fixes, or good enough reasons to fail.
I’ve fallen victim to the ‘there are just lots of birthdays this month’, or ‘we were all going out for poutine, so I can’t just order nothing’ reasoning. My bathroom scales don’t care that I didn’t want to look for the salad option, or that I ate cake because everyone else did. It deals in data and that’s it.
This isn’t going to be easy, but nothing worth it ever is.
I’ll be posting updates on my Instagram stories, (FOLLOW ME) and will also be making a video to document my complete journey.
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