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Weight loss update: Getting back on track

I haven’t updated on my weight-loss journey since early December, which seems like a lifetime ago.NEW-SCALE

A lot of life has happened since then.

I’ve made A LOT of bad food choices since then.

I didn’t exercise. At all.

AT ALL during the Christmas season.

Shame on me.

Thankfully, I kept my wits about me and didn’t get so down on myself that the hope to get back on track left. (One thing my trainer friend reminded me of: I STILL haven’t drunk a single DROP of Pepsi since mid-September. No matter what, that’s a victory worth celebrating, right?)

Hope and my wits buoyed me up and I made a game plan.

  1. That first week back I focused on water. I drank 100 ounces of water every single day and didn’t worry about food. Funny thing about water is this: If you drink a bunch of it (like we are all supposed to) it naturally curbs your appetite. Boom! My face immediately looked clearer and I had more energy almost instantly. Water is amazing. No gimmick there.
  2. The second week back, I factored back in my old, trusty calorie-counting friend, My Fitness Pal, and began eating only 1200 calories each day of hopefully “clean,” whole food.
  3. The next week, I forced myself to exercise. A little. I’m still in the exercise-reimplementing phase now. I feel better when I do it. I just don’t like it! Can’t stand it. Want to do anything else but it. But it’s needed. Blah. Initially, my goal was 20 minutes of cardio three times a week and 10 minutes of weights twice a week with the hope to eventually move back into 60-minute workouts. Some day.

So, how nice has the scale been to me?

I’m now down 30.5 pounds!!!!!!!! (Pause while the angels sing!) Only 9.5 pounds to go to my goal weight. But I’m now technically in the healthy, normal BMI range, which is a victory, and I feel better and better with every ounce lost.

Maybe soon I will get the nerve to post before and after pictures.

What have you done to get back on the healthy track since Christmas?

Read more about my weight-loss journey here:

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My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

4 replies

  1. Yay for you Ginia! Keep up the good work and don’t be too hard on yourself about Christmas eating, I feel your pain. You are looking good girl! I’m down 13 pounds myself thanks to MyFitnessPal, trying to eat clean (not always successful) and some great workout videos. I have quite a bit to go but you inspire me! Thanks for your posts.

  2. Congrats on the weight you have lost. Don’t be too hard on yourself about the holiday eating. We ALL indulged.

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