So the results are in...I lost 15 pounds from the beginning of camp. Yay!!! I ate healthier than I had been, was working outside and on my feet in the heat for 8 hours a day and walked a good bit. So now here is where the real work is going to begin for me. I am home for the next 3 weeks before the school year begins again. I have lots of time to snack. I am not sweating on my feet for 8 hours a day. If I am hungry, there is food in my house, unlike camp where I brought my lunch and any snacks. Even though I was cooking all day and even tasting small bites many times through the day, I did not eat what I was cooking all that much.
I know I have to move. That is always a big part of weight loss for me. I also know that I need to pack and bring my lunch to work. I found a few lunches that worked for me this summer. it can be a little boring, but I think that's actually a good thing for weight loss.
The big change I have made since I am home now is that I am diligently tracking all my food and exercise. I had used this app before but then this summer it was more difficult because we were not allowed to use our cell phones during camp. Plus I was taking lots of "tastes" but not full servings, so it was challenging. The app I am using is Lose It. I find that it is easy to use and I love that I can scan foods. I have also put in some of my "usuals" in the recipe section so that instead of adding my coffee, cream and sugar separately I can just add my coffee for which I already measured and calculated everything. Additionally, when I scan in, say 2 chocolate chip cookies, and I see that I just ate 160 calories, I am less inclined to grab a few more. A cup of grapes for 62 calories versus 2 cookies for 160. There is a reason why the author of the "Eat This Not That" cookbooks is doing so well. I just needed to see it for myself.
Along with using the app I am measuring most things again. Years and years ago I lost a lot of weight by measuring and writing it all down. That is how I will do it again. I know it might take me a long time and I might even have setbacks here and there. That is just being realistic, and I really don't want to trick my mind into thinking I can lose all the weight by Christmas. It's just not going to happen!
I know beyond a doubt, that this is a journey. And I also know I have to be patient with myself and have realistic expectations. And also, like a journey, there are twists and turns, valleys and mountains but I just have to continue along.
One more note... Whenever I am tempted to think that 15 pounds is nothing compared to what I need to lose, I remember what my BFF Michelle told me another time I was on WW. I think of a 5 lb bag of sugar, even pick one up next time I am in the grocery store. It's heavy! That is a lot of weight that is no longer surrounding my organs!