Greetings and salutations, my friends. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I may have enjoyed myself a little too much, but that is what the holidays are for, am I right?
The tough part is getting back into a routine following a month of feasting, and perhaps not enough exercise. The good news is I am still down over 20 lbs since I started Operation Trim last January. I was getting close to 30 lbs, and my ultimate goal of 38 lbs, but sometimes life just gets in the way.
The photos above and below show a comparison of January 2012, and last week. I definitely still see a difference. I know the lighting is different, and I raised the wrong leg, but you get the idea. I’m happy with what I have done so far to change my way of eating and drinking, but I definitely still need to do more.
The first thing I need to do is to stop my alcohol consumption during the work week. I got into the habit of having a glass of wine with dinner, and perhaps a scotch or a cognac before or after dinner. So, alcohol will be kept to a minimum, and only on weekends.
Second, I need to cut back on unhealthy snacking, and desserts. When you have Christmas cookies and chocolates in the house, you tend to gravitate towards eating those instead of better snacks like vegetables and fruit. Step two – pitch the leftover holiday treats, and buy more fruit.
Third, start cooking more again instead of ordering in. This is a killer. Even if I think I am ordering something healthier, I don’t know what the restaurants put into these dishes. If I cook it, I know what’s in it.
Fourth, I need to hit the gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour, and run an additional 3 times per week giving myself one day a week of doing nothing. I found last year that running was the best exercise for me. It helped me shed the pounds. I hate going to the gym, but lifting light weights a few times a week is a good way to keep myself toned.
Fifth, I need to get back to being accountable. I don’t plan on updating Operation Trim every week like I did last year, but I will continue my weekly Weight Watchers weigh-ins, and I will post a monthly update. In addition, I invite any friends and readers who have similar goals, or success stories to email me if you are interested in having my post your story to this site. Could be fun! crabapplenyc @ gmail.com
In addition to updating this particular category, I am considering a reboot of the entire Crabapple site. This will help me focus the site a bit more, and to get back to writing about what I really like – clothes, fitness, The New York Mets, James Bond, fiction, travel, etc. That’s all a work in progress. We’ll see how that goes.
Have a great week!