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Remember this post I wrote way back in September? Yeah that one. I have been asked several times for an update and I have fully intended on doing so but haven’t felt like it deserved to be written because I haven’t been doing so good in the weight loss department the pst coupe of months. What can I say…losing weight is HARD!!!
Since that post was written so long ago let me refresh your memory a little bit. Last April I moved from day shift to night shift at my hospital job (I’m a Registered Respiratory Therapist in a busy NICU) and I was terrified of gaining weight the way I did the first time I worked night shift. So I went to my doctor and participated in a doctor approved weight loss program which included taking Adipex to suppress my appetite and it worked!! I lost right at 30 pounds from April to October and then the holidays set in and I skipped going to my doctor appointments because at that point I thought I could do it myself.
I actually held my own through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s and didn’t gain any weight. I was proud of myself for not gaining any weight over the holidays and even made a New Year’s Resolution to lose another 30 pounds this year (I still have a good 60 pounds I want to lose overall to hit my “goal weight”) which I thought was a modest goal at the time. I had lost 30 pounds the previous year and started back in April so I figured that by starting in January I could lose even more.
Well without the Adipex I was thinking about food ALL THE TIME and while I was pretty good about not giving in to my cravings as soon as I started to restrict what I was eating I craved ALL THE THINGS and I gave in. My thoughts were that my birthday was in February and I deserved all of those treats and could use start my magical eating right plan after my birthday. Well my birthday came and went and nothing changed. I was still eating out all the time, eating junk food and not working out. You may recall my reluctance to rejoin my gym and I finally did at the end of January but didn’t actually start going until mid-February. Ugh.
So anyway, here we are mid-March and I have an appointment to see my doctor this week together back on the Adipex. I hate to admit it but weight loss is HARD and especially when you can’t stop thinking about food all day ‘err day and have zero energy to workout because you work long hours. Since the New Year I have gained 7 pounds back of the 30 I lost so my new goal for 2018 is to lose 37 pounds. The 30 I originally wanted to lose and the 7 I gained back because I had zero will power at the beginning of the year.
This sort of feels like starting over. I am angry at myself but at the same time I’m just glad I didn’t let myself get too out of control before I decided to do something about it. I have done this before and I can do it again and I will do it so much better this time!!
I plan on eating low-carb, that just works best for me since I work nights and am awake at weird hours. I plan on getting my cardio in outside with my Sophie girl, we like to walk at the park and two laps takes about 45-50 minutes and is a good 3 mile circuit. I plan on working my legs, arms and core at the gym. I plan on getting as much sleep as I can and sticking to the same sleep schedule on my days on and off work, that just helps me feel more normal endnote so dang tired all the time.
I also plan on sharing as much of this journey with you as I can and feel comfortable with. And maybe, once I hot my next 30 pounds I will tell you my starting weight. I have had several people ask and I’m not comfortable sharing that right now! Sorry guys!!
If you have weight to lose then I truly wish you the best luck!!! We can do this, on our own terms and in our own time.
Losing weight is HARD!! Am I right??