Why I’m More Motivated Than Ever

I’ve had a great start to 2012! I’ve already lost 15 lbs. since January 1 and I’m feeling more motivated than ever.

I have been steadily working at losing weight for nearly two years now. 22 months… 97 weeks. Wow. That seems like such a long time. In that time, I have (as of this writing) lost 46 pounds! I’ve had my ups and downs, and honestly, I feel like know I could have done better. But, no matter how long it takes me to get there, I WILL get there.

Getting to the big 5-0 (lost) is going to be such a huge milestone to me. I’m just 4 lbs away and I’m so close!! On top of that, I only need to lose 2 more lbs. to go from an “obese” BMI to an “overweight” BMI. Two huge goal milestones within reach! I’ve never been so impatient to lose some weight!

I have been so overwhelmed with motivation lately. The last 22 months, I have always had many goals in my mind and they keep me going. A couple weeks ago, my fiance & I put some chalkboard contact paper on the upper portion of our fridge and wrote all of our goals on it. The list keeps growing and I love to be reminded of all the reasons I am doing this every time I see it.

Here’s our list so far:

On January 31, I started a plant-based diet (or dietary vegan). For 21 days I have not eaten any dairy, eggs, meat or fish. I feel like I have consumed more vegetables than I would normally consume in a year! Well, that may be stretching it a bit, but not much.

I decided to start to eat this way because of all the amazing health benefits it can bring if done in a healthy way. The right fruits & veggies tend to have low calories, low sugar, low fat and high fiber for high-volume amounts of food. I wanted to reduce my levels of sugar, fat, sodium, cholesterol, and carbohydrates from my diet.

I feel like I have stepped up my dietary game a bit in the last month. I am not only just counting calories anymore, I am also monitoring my fat, carbs, fiber, protein, calcium, sugar, potassium, sodium, and vitamins using MyFitnessPal.

Here are the main rules I follow:

  • No meat, eggs, dairy (no animal products)
  • Low sugar or no sugar when possible
  • Lots of water (my goal is to drink 1 gallon a day because I am active)
  • Only fruits grown in the U.S. (these have low glycemic index)
  • Whole grains
  • Limit carbs: (taken from a book) take carbs minus fiber and divide by 15, these are carb “points”. Have no more than 3-5 “points” for breakfast & lunch and 0-3 for dinner.
  • “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”

That’s pretty much it. I don’t know how long I’ll stick with this but I like it so far.

Stay tuned for more… because goals are about to be achieved!! :)