Today marks exactly 1 month since I *won* The Biggest Loser contest at my gym. If you’ve just started reading my blog, you can read all about it here. Though I blogged my menus and exercise pretty obsessively while in the midst of the contest, I haven’t really talked much about it since the big win. So how am I doing?
Well, I weighed myself this morning and I’m exactly 1/2 pound lighter than the day of the Biggest Loser final weigh-in. So basically, I’ve maintained my loss so far. I’m perfectly happy with that since I’ve enjoyed occasional less-healthy food and managed to survive baking several goodies without devouring too much.
What my healthy-eating/exercise plan is like today?
When I was participating in the contest, I managed two hour workouts and watched my intake of food very closely. I’m still exercising- sometimes two hour workouts, but more realistically about 60 to 75 minutes. I have an ankle injury that is preventing me from running & high impact exercise, so I usually do the elliptical machine/bike for a good amount of time and then finish up with a few weights and ab exercises. I feel best when I work out every day, and I find that if I can get my workout in 1st thing in the morning then I’m more likely to be on track for healthy eating for the rest of the day.
As far as eating is concerned, I’m still eating that Kashi Puff cereal for breakfast :) I usually stick 1/2 banana in there, and that satisfies me for a couple of hours. I do a salad or a whole grain turkey wrap for lunch. In general, I try to cook lots of vegetables and have a protein for dinner. Sometimes I’ll include brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
It’s important to mention that I haven’t been perfect. I’ve had my share of Girl Scout Cookies, I sample my baked goods, I drink wine when I want to, and I even made pasta with cream sauce one night! But I balance all of that out with daily exercise followed by more healthy eating the next day. I continue to stay away from all fried foods, super-fattening desserts, and fast food. All of this hard work in exercising has most-definitely increased my metabolism, which I’m thrilled about. But I’m also aware that at my age I’ll need to keep it up or I’ll lose it.
My current plan? Just this week, my husband has jumped on the healthy-eating/exercising bandwagon, which is extremely helpful. He doesn’t want junk around and he’d like healthy choices to be available for each meal. This will get me back on track to losing more. The other day, after my husband returned from a rather long business trip, he took one look at me and said, “Honey, I don’t think you need to lose any more. You look great the way you are right now.” Isn’t he great? That made me happy, but I still have a few more I’d like to get rid of. You know those skinny clothes that everyone tucks into the back of their closet just-in-case they ever fit into them again? I’m wearing most of mine I went to the mall yesterday for the first time in a long time. I didn’t buy any pants because I’m still losing sizes (have lost 2-3 sizes since I began), but I came home with a boatload of cute, summery tops- and most of them are in a smaller size than the old me wore!
Onward with healthy eating! Hope I’ve inspired you somewhat to do the same