Resolutions and Reflections

Our vacation in New York City was AMAZING!

We ate way more food than we should have, but I loved every minute of it. I am definitely feeling the weight gain, though, and I’m grateful to be in a new year and finally able to return to my routine.

Despite walking 10-20 miles per day (yes, miles!), I put on a few pounds, weighing in at 135.2 lbs this morning. Yikes! Granted, I recognize that some of it’s water weight (I ate a giant, salted pretzel almost daily), so I’m hoping my true weight is closer to 132-133. It’s hard to imagine that I truly gained 5 lbs in 5 days (I was 129.8 the morning we departed on December 30th), but I’ll go with what the scale said this morning just to err on the side of caution.

For 2015, I am not setting any hard resolutions. No crazy diets, no goal weights. Basically, nothing that can lead me to obsessive behavior. I had a rough time with my eating disorder in 2014, especially during the late Spring/Summer when I fell into a bit of a depression, and though it got me close to my goal weight (I was down to 123), it was not healthy and I looked sick. I want to avoid that as much as possible in 2015, so I’ve set achievable, healthy aspirations for the new year.

These are my goals:

  • Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. (I’m really bad about water consumption during the work day.)
  • Add more variety to my workouts: the goal is 2-3x per week of strength training, plus 1 group class at the gym added into my cardio-heavy routine.
  • Eat a salad daily. Doesn’t matter what meal of the day it is, but I need to consume at least one green, leafy salad per day.
  • Limit myself to no more than 250 calories of “junk” per day. This includes candies, desserts, etc. I’m not going to fully restrict them, of course, but I do need to reduce them if I want to see this chub come back off.
  • Focus on COLORS: try to eat at least one fruit or veggie in the color spectrum each day.

Ideally, I’d like to hit my goal weight (118 lbs) by my birthday (7.11), but I’m not setting any deadlines and I’m not going to measure my success by weight. I’ll post my progress as often as I can (weight, measurements, pictures, etc), but I refuse to focus on any one tool for success other than how I feel.

Below are some pictures of the delicious (albeit, not healthy) foods I ate in New York City on vacation:

 

And then here’s what I’ve had today:

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Much better choices today! 🙂

Bon appetit, my friends!

~ Tori

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