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Day 3 — Why am I not skinny yet?

Three days down — eating right and working out, and I am still not skinny. Honestly, it’s rude. I have put in a solid three hours in the gym in the last two days yet no progress can be seen. Malarkey.

All kidding aside, I have doing pretty well the last few days — which are always the hardest. Despite a busy schedule, I have gotten to the gym, and have no excuse not to tonight. I have eaten well (although I do sneak the occasional chocolate covered pomegranate from the jar on a coworkers desk from time to time. But I’m OK with it.

As most who are reading this know, I have done a LOT of diets over the years. They all work to varying degrees. I have tried Atkins, Keto, strict meal plans, low fat, basically if there is a weight loss plan out there, I have probably tried it. And yes, they all work.

In general, as long as you are burning more calories than you are taking in, you will lose weight — so that’s what I am working on. I also know that my macros will help determine how quickly I will lose the weight, so over the next couple months I will be trying to narrow down what that breakdown will look like.

In all of my experimentation I have done with healthy eating and working out, I have discovered that one thing doesn’t work for me — a super strict diet with no wiggle room. Now let me clarify what I mean. When I followed that diet, I did lose weight, quite a bit in a short timeframe. For me though, it just wasn’t sustainable. I need a lifestyle change where 90% of the time I eat well, but there is some wiggle room. Does this mean I will lose weight more slowly? Probably. But hopefully it will allow me to stick to it, and not fall off the wagon completely.

What are some diet tips and tricks you have found works for you?

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Losing before cruising

Antigua — One of the 5 stops along our 10-day cruise in February.

My husband and I have decided we are going to go on a 10-day Norwegian cruise in February of 2020.

Just the thought of being seen in shorts, let alone a swimsuit is enough to give me heart palpitations.

Once again I have fallen off the healthy living bandwagon (and got ran over by it, several times.) Once again, it is time to climb back on and get my sh*t together.

I want to lose at least 60 pounds before setting sail. “Easy peasy” says my husband. HA. Definitely not easy peasy, but doable. That’s just under 2 pounds a week.

I need to come up with several shorter term goals between now and then — February seems like it is forever away, and I need to NOT wait until the last minute to get my act together.

I know how to do this. I have done it before, and I can do it again. Week 1 is all about getting my mind in the right place. Thankfully, my husband is right along with me and has goals of his own. Living a healthy lifestyle is alway so much easier when you have someone doing it with you. Misery does love company after all.

I know I can be good about going to the gym. I have a fairly light schedule this week to get back in the swing of things. It is ALWAYS my diet that proves to be the struggle. Our healthy meals are all prepped for the week, so that will eliminate having to grab junk food while I am on the run.

Any encouragement along the way is, as always, greatly appreciated!