I remember some things from last time I lost weight-like how to eat to keep my calorie count low-which will be really helpful. I have to keep things in perspective in reference to counting my calories. There are some things about my lifestyle that I have no control over. I can use those as an excuse, or accept them and make them fit into my diet.
For one, I am a Youth Pastor's wife, which means we have lots of events where the food being served is youth friendly-like the pizza we were served last night, for example-or the burgers we're having tonight. One of the phrases that kept me going last time I lost weight was "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." So when I know we have an event, I adjust what I eat for my other meals. It's do-able; it just takes planning out my meals, and checking restaurant websites before I go so I know what to order. Doing this isn't always "fun", but it works.
Another difficulty is my work schedule. I work 10 hour days, plus I spend 2 hours commuting everyday-which means that by the time I get home from work, we rush to eat dinner, relax a little while, and then it's just about time for bed. This leaves little to no time for exercise. I moved the Gazelle back into the living room, though, in hopes that on some work days I will spend at least 30 minutes exercising while I watch tv. Again-this is not something I "want" to do, but it is necessary for me to lose weight.
I also prefer to exercise in the morning when I have more energy-but I am not willing to wake up at 4:15 to do it. It's all about choices. I am choosing to lose weight, and so I have to plan a time to exercise that works best-even though I don't prefer it. I saw a phrase the other day that I hope will help keep me motivated to exercise, "No matter how slow you are, you're still lapping everyone on the couch."
Today I took my measurements and weighed myself. I am ready to see the numbers go down! Keeping a log of this regularly will help keep me motivated, too. I am ready to lose 60 pounds-one pound at a time: one meal at a time, one workout at a time. But I can do it!