Making a Difference

Posted by Laura Baker | July 17, 2012  |  6 Comments

Before starting this blog series, I really wasn’t sure how I was ever going to be able to lose weight. I’d tried so many times in the past….and I wouldn’t last longer than two weeks. Something would come up—and I’d be back to my old eating habits. It’s now been two months—and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I can’t believe how my mindset has changed.

People have begun asking me what I’m doing to lose the weight—and it’s real simple. I eat less calories, and burn more calories than I take in—and I do limit some of the carbohydrate intake right now. There’s no need for high carbs since I’m not racing. But there is plenty of room for healthy vegetables—especially salads!

On the other hand, I’ve been able to go out to eat now on occasion, and eat almost whatever I want and still show a weight loss. Why? It’s because I’ve swapped meaningless calories, such as a glass of lemonade, for a glass of water…and because I can only eat about half of what I ate before. For example, last night, we went to Chili’s. I had some chips and salsa, and some Texas fries…….and I couldn’t eat my meal. I was stuffed, and asked for a box (I did try just a couple bites of my chicken just because it was fresh.) I ate less than my size zero 22-year-old daughter did who was with us—and she eats like a bird!

I’ve also been asked about motivation—it’s been easy. I don’t struggle making healthy food choices, although I don’t eat chicken breasts every night of the week (and sometimes I eat chicken legs and leave the skin on!) Nor have I felt deprived at all. Also…..I’ve been feeling the weight loss in my body, and it keeps me going. In fact, I was going to wear one of my business suits the other day that I had bought back in early April from Jones New York—-It was big on me! After feeling bad about the amount of money I spent in clothes back in April, only to have those nice expensive outfits rendered useless, I decided that this was a good problem to have. I’d rather be replacing my wardrobe because I’ve lost weight than because I gained weight.

…..and then there was the official two-month weigh-in which included the taking of measurements. Gulp! I really didn’t know if I’d lost any inches this month as I hadn’t checked since last month…..but I could feel the loss and I knew that my suit was way too big on me. Yet,  I was still having a hard time believing it wasn’t just my imagination… and it’s not my imagination. I lost 4.6lbs this past week for a total of 23.8lbs in 2 months! Plus….I’d lost 6.25” this month (2” each from my waist and my hips), for a total of 11.25” since I started! My BMI has dropped from a start of 47.99, down to 43.89!

I’m not out of the water by any means….and it would be all too easy to go back to the lifestyle I had. That’s why I do still have to think about what I eat, and work my hardest to keep exercise in my lifestyle regardless of a busy schedule (or the heat!) I’m still a little confused that I’d lost so much weight this week—and it wasn’t intentional to lose so much (for all those people who want to tell me to “go slow”.) I haven’t had the opportunity to get out for any hikes or bike rides this past week—so it does leave me a bit mystified. But I’ll take it.

The other good piece of news is that I have almost hit one of my first mini goals…..I have three more pounds to lose to get to the weight I was when I started this job a year ago. I can finally start to feel like I’m going in the right direction and making up some ground I lost.

In the meantime, I hope that my blog—or the 5K Run and Bike Tour—has in some way gave someone else motivation. I’ve heard stories from some community members who plan on participating in the 5K Run and Bike Tour—and several have been training. It’s good to hear that in some way, our efforts have made a difference. I know it has made a difference both at home with my own family (my husband has lost some weight and my youngest seems to be eating less these days) and at the office (Marianne is buying a lot of salads at lunchtime, looking at me and saying “Darn you and that Get Healthy Rockton program!” Let us know if we’ve made a difference for you—we’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Amy Szuta says:

    I am down 12 lbs but have not re-checked my measurements yet.
    WAY TO GO!!!!

    • Laura Baker says:

      Yay Amy! That’s great! I found that checking my measurements was definitely an eye-opener for me…especially when I tend to weigh myself every day. I know they say you shouldn’t…but I do. It keeps me on track. The measuring, on the other hand, allows me to really see how far I’ve come. Keep up the good work!

  2. Kelly says:

    Congratulations Laura, you are on a roll now! Thanks for sharing your trials and triumphs with us!

  3. Jamie Christiansen says:

    Keep up the good work, Laura! If you’re up for a strength training class at some point, let me know and I’ll gladly welcome you to the one I’m teaching on Thursday evenings. I’m sure that would be tough on your schedule, though, since you don’t live too close by. Anyway, keep up the great work! I love hearing about your success because I knew you could do it!

    • Laura Baker says:

      Thanks Jamie! I might just take you up on the strength training class—most likely as we get into autumn and things slow down a bit from the summer hustle and bustle. :-)

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