Another Bucket List Item Bites the Dust

Just a quickie! I’m so excited I just had to share. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I finally hit a milestone. I’m down 24.5 pounds!

Which means I can cross off #2 on the 9 Month Personal Bucket List ~ Lose 2 dress sizes. (12 pounds is about the difference between one size and the next.)

If I get a minute, I’ll be back later today to share how I’m doing it.

Ok, I’m back. Just finished 15 minutes on the treadmill. So that’s one thing that’s changed for me. I’m making a conscious effort to be more active. Writing is such a sedentary occupation, I have to force myself out of the writing chair and into exercise.

But that’s not enough. I had to change my diet too. For health reasons, I’ve had to give up sugar, salt, yeast and anything produced by fermentation (no cheese or wine) and I’m limiting, but not completely doing away with carbs. I’ve been rediscovering fruits and vegetables. Yams are my new favorite treat. They’re warm and creamy and slightly sweet. They even make a great breakfast. With the elimination of added sugar, my taste buds have woken up. I can detect natural sugar in a stalk of celery now. A slice of pineapple is enough to send me into a quasi-orgasmic state.

That said, I try to keep my intake close to 1200 calories a day. To help me keep track of that, I’ve discovered a very useful site: MyEveryDayHealth. There’s a calorie counter and food log as well as a weight tracker to monitor progress. I can even log exercise time, water intake and other notes about how I’m doing.

Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking it’s time for me to go shopping, but alas, no. My closet is filled with clothes reflecting the various stages of me, so I’m rediscovering ensembles I’ve not been able to wear in a couple years. In another two dress sizes, it’ll be time to hit the mall. Who knows? In that fitter, trimmer future, I might not be the Anti-Shopper any more.

I can dream.

How about you? Have you ever made a bucket list and found it helped?

7 thoughts on “Another Bucket List Item Bites the Dust

  1. Nynke says:

    It works about the same way for me – I’ll gladly move a little more if it means eating chocolate is OK :). But between cycling to work (fun unless it’s raining) and taking bellydance classes (always fun), I’ve apparently struck a balance :).

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Remember, Nynke, I’m a writer. Very sedentary. If I moved more, I could eat more, which may be the very best reason to exercise I’ve ever come up with! Sweating has always been low on my fun-to-do list, but I’m beginning to see its charm.

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Mary–It helps me to break down a bigger goal into smaller bits. Setting intermediate goals (like weekly page counts, for example) helps keep me on track to meet deadlines and not get into a panic as they loom near. And yes, celebrations always help! I need to give myself positive reinforcement.

  4. Nynke says:

    Wow, only 1200 calories a day? It must be quite a chore to fit all the nutrients your body needs into those! I salute your discipline.

  5. Mary says:

    Way to go, Mia! It’s good to celebrate each goal, makes a better incentive don’t you think?

  6. MiaMarlowe says:

    Thanks, Nynke. I’m not at my ultimate goal, but it’s good to have intermediate ones along the way.

  7. Nynke says:

    Yay! Congratulations!

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