I know I just posted about the weight loss challenge at work, but today was the final weigh-in. And I’ve lost 10lbs since January! I’ve been walking on a cloud all day!
I’ll admit, I haven’t put as much work into it as I’d like but I’ve at least started on it. That’s a pretty important step in a weight loss journey. Well that’s a big step in any journey.
Even though the challenge is over, I feel like this is just the beginning. I don’t plan to let go but instead, I want to step it up. I haven’t been doing cardio and that’s one thing I’ll be adding in. Hopefully soon. Ok motivation is sometimes hard to come by around here. It’ll come though.
I’ve had a weight problem for years, and I mean the majority of my life. And for years, I’ve wanted to lose weight and become healthier but there’s always been some excuse, or I’ll say, “I’ll start at the beginning of the month.” Recently I thought I’d start at the beginning of the year. That stipulation was mostly to make it easier for me to keep track of when I “started” because, honestly, my memory isn’t that good. There really was always an excuse.
The last couple of days, I’ve had it on my mind again, that I need to start eating more healthy meals than I already do and I need to start exercising. I am quite overweight and it’s just a huge problem (no pun intended). And I’ve realized that I don’t actually need that special start date; I just need to get started.
I’m tired of being overweight. I’m tired of paying more for clothes and even having problems finding clothing in my size. I’m tired of looking in the mirror and seeing all the rolls and the extra all over. And I’m tired of being diabetic.
Ok, I know that just because I start eating better and lose weight that I might not ever reverse my diabetes. I know that I’ll probably always have to take medication for it but I feel like there’s always a possibility that I could control my blood sugar with just my diet and exercise. At least I can have hope in that area.
Now I’ve heard it all before, that you should love yourself just the way you are, overweight body and all. I even follow a woman in Instagram that promotes body positivity. And sure, that’s a great idea, but what if you DON’T like what you see? I don’t want to be stick thin, just average and curvy.
So I decided that today is the day. Of course, I know I’ll have to start slow with exercising since I really haven’t done any in a long time, but at least I will be starting.
I love to cook. I mean I really love it. For me, it’s like an art form, throwing things together and seeing the wonderful things that come out of it. I’ll be honest: the results aren’t always wonderful, but it’s always fun to see what happens.
And not only that, but when you cook your own food, you save money and it’s usually healthier. For these reasons, on Sundays, or as in this case Mondays, I’ll cook a meal that I’ll divide into lunches to take to work. Sometimes it’s simple stuff, though sometimes I do like the challenge of more complex recipes.
This week, I went with simple: steamed cabbage and sausage. That’s it, just a head of cabbage and a pound of mild sausage.
All you have to do is brown the sausage in a big pot, remove it once it’s done. Then add a little water to that pot and add the chopped cabbage. Once the cabbage is done, just mix the sausage back in with it.
Like I said, really simple.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard of people making corned beef and cabbage, but I don’t really like corned beef, so I use the sausage.
See? That’s another thing I like about cooking your own food. You can customize a dish for your own tastes.