Losing Weight Before the Cruising Date: My 30 Pound Weight Loss Challenge
My Weight Loss Challenge
My husband and I are going on a cruise to Hawaii in October. We are going on the Princess Sapphire and are both very excited about it. We will also be going to Tahiti and the Samoan Islands. It will be the cruise of a lifetime as it will last for a whole month. What I am not excited about is that I will be in bathing suits and warm weather clothes for a month, and need to seriously lose some weight before I will feel comfortable in those types of clothing. For any of you who have been on a cruise before, you know how much food there is available, and I also want to be able to eat whatever I want, because I started at a good weight for me. I don't have a fear of gaining weight on the cruise because I know enough to work out on the cruise, but I do want to start at a lower amount so I can stay at that weight while on the cruise.
So, I am giving myself a weight loss challenge: Lose 30 pounds in 19 weeks. Can I do it? I feel I don't have a choice because I really want to enjoy this cruise, so yes, I am going to do it! They say that when someone has a weight loss goal, they need to share it with someone else so that they will be kept accountable. I am sharing it with all of you and will be updating this hub each month from now until October 17th. How's that for having to be held accountable?
The Wedding Weight Loss Program
When my husband and I got married, almost 2 years ago now, I had the same type of concern, except back then it was to lose weight because I wanted to fit into a wedding dress and look beautiful for my husband, as well as myself. This man is the love of my life, and it was important for me to look good, for both of our sakes.
Being overweight is not good for anyone's self-esteem, not to mention their physical health. My goal was to lose 20 pounds in 16 weeks. I lost 16 pounds in 16 weeks, which actually although not quite meeting my personal goal was still a weight loss. And it was a big enough weight loss that I was happy on my wedding day.
They say to lose weight in a healthy way and to keep it off, it's best to only lose 1 - 2 pounds per week. I was able to accomplish that and will do it again. Unfortunately, I only have 19 weeks, and a larger goal, but it is still doable at 1 - 2 pounds per week.
How Did I Do It?
In the past when I was on a diet, I would usually limit myself in terms of food intake, and ended up being cranky around my family and very hungry. For the wedding, I knew I would be under a lot of stress during the wedding planning stages, so I didn't want to torture myself with a diet that made me miserable. Instead, I changed my diet and eating habits, and tried to eat healthy foods, but did not totally limit treats and special dinners out. I wanted a regular life with a better handle on my food intake, and an exercise plan that I could stick to. I had 6 smaller meals each day instead of 3 big meals and lots of snacks. This way, I never was really all that hungry.
Each morning I had either a banana and peanut butter, or a piece of whole wheat bread and peanut butter, and coffee of course because for me a day without coffee in the morning is like a day without sunshine!
Protein is supposed to fill a person up and cut down on hunger pangs so I tried it each morning and it worked for me. I bought lots of fruits and vegetables and still made sure I had protein, but the main parts of my meal each day consisted of fruits and vegetables. I ate a lot of salads, then many evenings would steam up a huge pot of vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini squash, green beans, and spinach. I added " I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" along with a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese, and ate as much of that mixture as I wanted at each sitting. It was great because I didn't feel deprived. And the weight came off!
I chose walking as my exercise because it's something I could easily do and was available to me anytime I wanted to throw a pair of sneakers on and walk out my front door. I walked about 5 times per week, sometimes in my neighborhood, and sometimes on the local high school track with my 2 teen aged daughters...well, they ran around the track while I walked, but it still worked for all of us! Sometimes I would be ready to go to the track, but one had to go put on her makeup (yes I know that sounds crazy to put on makeup to go running, but such is the life of a 15-year-old girl!)
I don't think that this is the perfect plan for everyone. I only know that losing weight this way was the best plan that I have ever tried, and believe me, I have tried many other ways to lose weight.
I managed to keep the weight off for awhile after the wedding, but then stress and a crazy schedule crept back into my life, and because I am an emotional eater, the pounds also crept back into my life and onto my body!
New Plan of Attack
So, what will be different this time, you may ask? I believe it's my attitude that will be different. I am leaving my current job in 2 weeks, and that right there will cut down on a lot of stress in my life. I am also going to the store to once again load up on lots of fruits and vegetables, and eat pretty much the way I did on the previous weight loss plan. I will still walk, but this time around, I have a new walking partner...my daughter's dog (see my hub Walking the Dog in all Seasons) and she is ready to go absolutely whenever I want to. Actually, she's ready to go for a walk 24/7 and I will never have to wait for her to put on her makeup, or go change clothes into the perfect running outfit! She will be ready to go the minute I ask her if she wants to go for a walk. So, this time around I have the perfect exercise companion. I also like to dance to music to lose weight, and now that my daughters are older and busier, I am going to try that more as they won't be home to laugh at my silly dance moves. And the dog certainly won't care!
What if I Don't Do It?
Well, judging by my success last time, even if I don't lose all 30 pounds, I will lose some weight, and some weight is better than losing nothing at all, or not trying. And I am ready for the challenge, so I am sure there will be a success at the end of the 19-week challenge.And with the extra exercise, my heart will be healthier as well. And if Kelly Clarkson can lose 30 pounds because she's in love, well, then so can I!