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chzva ([personal profile] chzva) wrote2016-08-29 09:49 am
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A Matter of Weight

Come September 1, I'll officially have been living on my own for an entire year. When I first moved out, I was excited about making decisions about what I was eating, and eating more things that I wanted to try that I received a lot of push back about when I lived at home. I feel like I did well for the first little while, although admittedly I at a LOT of soup. But in the last six or so months, I've definitely fallen off course a bit. I think part of this is because I've been low-key depressed for a while. I think this is in part because my 2 close friends live a decent drive away and so we see each other maybe once a week or once every couple of weeks, and because I don't have a lot of social interaction beyond that other than family.

That aside, since I started my new job at the beginning of July, I've been eating out a lot. A LOT. Grab breakfast on the way to work; go out for lunch; go out or pick something up for dinner. Part of that was just a lack of motivation to go grocery shopping. But it also meant that whenever I was feeling snacky, I'd pop out to the gas station (there are 4 around my apartment), and pick up some chips and some kind of pop and usually some sour candy cup. This could happen two to three times a week.

On Saturday I was at home, and I weighed myself for the first time in ages (I don't have a scale at home, although I keep meaning to buy one), and I weighed in at a whopping 264 lbs, which is the heaviest I've ever been. So going into September, I'm going to start meal planning again, for my grocery budget and for my health, and make sure I get my body moving more again.

I recently read an article on Buzzfeed by one of their staffers about her recent weight loss journey (110 lbs!). She made some good changes that I think would be easy to incorporate to get me on the right track. I don't care about being really thin. I've never been a particularly skinny person, even at my lowest, which was probably back when I was in high school (and even then). At the very most I'd like to just be less than 200 lbs, and at the very least, I'd like to lose at least 30 lbs. I'm going to start walking home from work on days that it's suitable to do so (we're getting back into the rainy season, although I don't mind walking in the rain, either). I'm also going to incorporate more pulses (beans, peas and lentils) into my diet, which is one of the things I wanted to do initially anyway.

Yesterday I went to the PNE with Greg and Shar, and I was honestly a bit nervous. When I was last in Ontario back in 2008, I went to Canada's Wonderland with my cousins, and on one ride, my cousin Erik and I were told we couldn't ride because of our size. Thankfully that didn't happen at the PNE, but I know it was a near thing.

I don't know if this is something that I want to document, but I might make occasional updates about how things are going. I've tried to document in the past, but it didn't go very well.