Operation Healthy: Two Months In

This is an ongoing battle for me - catch up on the journey so far by clicking here:

Operation Healthy: One Month In

The first month in to a lifestyle change generally brings with it the best results. Your body adjusts to the changes that you make and things like water retention and portion reduction really does result in a big change to the numbers on the scale. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing - not at all! In fact, motivationally speaking, it's the best thing that could happen; results make you want to keep going, keep pushing ahead. During my first month of focusing on me, my relationship to food, and my portion sizes in particular, I managed to lose fourteen pounds.

Those bigger numbers were a good step in the right direction for me. I really do think that becoming more aware of the size of my meals was my 'lightbulb' moment when it came to losing weight my own way. And as well as that, I learned that I actually wasn't eating enough calories throughout the day, especially when I was exercising so regularly. That too could've resulted in the previous months of being frustrated by my efforts and lack of results.

This month, I've plodded on along. I'm still following the food program, but only to use up the remainder of pouches I have in our pantry - I've cancelled the subscription and plan on doing it on my own from here-on in. I've got myself into a good routine for breakfasts and lunches, and while I'm back at eating my own creations for dinner, I'm keeping an eye on what I'm eating and how much is actually need versus want. I know that's common sense for most people, but I'm someone who has always, always just kept eating. If it was there, I would snack on it. Now, I think I'm learning to know better and I feel much happier about it too. I've also managed to keep things under control while we've had visitors staying with us and while we've been out for lots of dinners and events, which is brilliant.

The weight loss has slowed down this second month, but the important thing is that it's continued going in the right direction. I'm down another nine pounds this month, which brings my total weight loss to twenty-three pounds.


I'm obviously happy with the weight loss, but I still have a very long way to go yet. This month was good in terms of milestones, as I hit the 200lb mark as well as the 90kg mark - both of these are 'magic' numbers for me, and it's nice to achieve those goals. I'll be taking baby steps from now on and aiming for smaller goals at a time to make it more manageable and to seem less daunting. Next step: 190lbs & 85kg. I'm continuing to randomly blog through the journey, so head over there if you're interested in the smaller details.

I can't wait to see what the next month brings - it's my last full month in the UK, as my crazy travels will begin shortly after that, meaning I'll have to combat weight loss on the move. I'm nervous but looking forward to that at the same time. Hopefully my portion control will help me enjoy food on the go, without going overboard.


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21 comments:

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

Wow - congratulations! 23 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!

Sounds like you and I have very similar struggles with weight. I could have written this line myself: "I really do think that becoming more aware of the size of my meals was my 'lightbulb' moment when it came to losing weight my own way. "

And I definitely agree about the snacking issue. If something is in the house, I WILL eat it.

Good luck for continued success!

thoughtsappear said...

23 pounds?! Nice job!

LaLa said...

That's awesome Aly-boo, so very proud of you! I bet you look hott as!

In regards to the travelling I am sure all that incidental walking and sightseeing will count as exercise! I actually lost weight overseas.. this means we should be on holidays ALL THE TIME.

Keep it up my love, you're doing so well!

Hilary said...

23 pounds? That is amazing! Congrats! I wouldn’t worry too much about traveling. Once you get into an eating healthy/exercise groove, you will want to continue it, even if you are not at home. You will not feel “yourself” if you don’t.

Lynn said...

Congratulations!

Traveling while trying to lose weight can be SO hard, but sticking to portable fruit (bananas and apples come to mind) and healthy crackers (Goldfish!) can really help. Good luck!

Angela Noelle said...

That's amazing progress!! Good for you! And I agree--traveling involves so much walking, if you don't go toooo crazy with the vacation eating (my weakness) I'm sure you'll stay on track :)

Emily Jane said...

23 pounds is nothing short of incredible - you are doing so brilliantly! I'm positive you'll keep it up, even when you are travelling :)

Britt said...

Woohoo! 23 pounds! You rock my dear!

Jess said...

Yay, congrats! You've done great! And nine pounds in a month is AWESOME progress.

heidikins said...

Congrats my girl! That is fantastic!

xox

steph anne said...

That's GREAT to hear -- congratulations!! :) I haven't been doing too well with my weight loss...mainly because it's hard when I also have a goal to save money & be frugal and try to eat all the food we have currently before buying more food.

Stephanie said...

That's awesome! Great progress!

Becky said...

23 pounds is awesome for 2 months! Congratulations!!! The fact that you've gotten yourself into a routine will help you when you're traveling. There are definitely times to splurge on vacation, but also know that you'll be doing a lot of walking so that will help too!

P said...

23 pounds is fantastic - well done! I've only managed six in the past six weeks or so.

The Modern Gal said...

That's great! Congratulations :) You've really been working hard to lose that much.

Small goals are good -- and you need to reward yourself when you reach them (just not with food).

Mary (A Merry Life) said...

Great job! You are doing really fantastically good!

Amanda said...

23 pounds is awesome! In 2 months, too- imagine what you could achieve if you keep anything like this rate up, or even a slower but steady rate?

Travelling is tough, but not impossible-- I didn't put on any weight in New Zealand because of all the walking and eating fruit during the day :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Holy wow, 23 pounds is awesome! Congrats!

terra said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! That's pretty amazing loss so far!

KT said...

23 pounds is fantastic! Keep it up!

Chantel said...

Wow that is amazing! You are doing so well and really working on your relationship with food which will be the key to your sucsess!

Yay us being on the same week! You're doing great! x





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