Now that I am not at war with the new scale..Stepped on the scale this morning and I have lost 6 pounds since my rededication to The Plan and The Journey.
I’m happy about this. At this rate I will hit my goal weight in mid March. I won’t of course. The rate will change. I will gain a pound. Lose a pound. Lose two, gain one….
That is how it goes. I do know that I will not enter next years cycling season with 50 pounds still to lose. I will have much less left to go… This I know. I am comfortable on The Plan. I have my Goal in front of me and I know how to do this.
Most importantly, I WANT to do this and I know I can.
6 pounds is a start.
Forty-Six to go.
The Influence of the Work Schedule on The Plan and The Journey.
When I started this Journey in 2011 my work schedule was nearly perfect for my needs in starting The Journey.
I started work at 7:30 AM. This gave me time to eat a breakfast of fruit and cereal at home. Lunch was at noon so I was only at work four and a half hours before I would eat a light lunch. I was rarely there past 4:30. By 5:30 I was home and eating a light dinner. 8:30 was a light snack.
This all served to space my eating nearly perfectly to fend off hunger and it allowed me to establish a routine that really worked very well for my weight-loss effort. I was able to stick to a 1600-1800 calorie per day regimen with relative ease.
Since I left that job (one of the bigger professional mistakes I have made) it has been harder to stick to a good regimen.
My workday now starts at 6:15 to 6:30 AM. I am in no mood to make breakfast a 5:00 AM. So I fell in to the habit of stopping for a bagel and cream cheese. By itself that is not bad. A bowl of cereal with fruit and 2% milk is about 400 calories. A bagel with cream cheese is about the same. The issue is that the bagel does not satisfy me for long and by 10:00 AM I am hungry and I start to snack. Lorna Doones out of the machine at 140 calories. Then lunch and, well there starts the slippery slope.
Here is what I am doing now:
I keep a box of cereal in my office and a gallon of lactose free 2% milk in the refrigerator. When I get to work I first walk the floor, meet with the third shift supervisor for an update and then check in at the filling operation to make sure all is well. This brings me to about 7:00 AM. THEN I have a bowl of cereal. That holds me until noon when I have a light lunch. One of the “things” I like are microwave Indian dishes we pick up at the local Indian market. They are less than 400 calories, take 2 minutes in the microwave and are quite tasty. They are also vegetarian. I keep a selection of hot sauces in the refrigerator. Mid afternoon I have a light snack. Crackers or something similar, keeping it under 100 calories. This gets me through the workday and when I get home I have a md-sized dinner, a light snack of a slice of bread and a piece of cheese in mid-evening and I am done for the day. Typically about 1800-2000 calories.
This is how I am taking the weight off again.
Set a goal, Develop a plan, Adjust the Plan as need to meet the Goal. The Plan will change. The Goal will not: 210 pounds.
Last time I had 100 pounds to take off. Only 46 this time.