Well, I actually started this blog to keep track of my diet progress and to provide a certain amount of accountability in my weight loss endeavor. Of course my lack of an audience sort of negates the accountability, but it is still nice to be able to keep track of my progress and to be able to set and reach goals along the way. My initial goal was to lose 20 pounds during 2011 by lifestyle changes. At the end of June, I had accomplished just over 1/2 of the goal with a 12 pound weight loss. I was concerned about a cruise I took with my sister last month since I have heard that cruises are just one constant buffet. Although it IS true that you can pretty much eat what you want whenever you want, I was able to keep that under control. The daily excursions also helped with exercise and calories used each day. Sightseeing can be pretty energy intensive! The tower of Pisa has 294 stairs and the coliseum has just under 200. And the bus never parked anywhere close to where we were going so there was often a significant walk to the sites.
I didn't do as well though in maintaining my dietary changes. I did try to eat my 2 servings/day of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables but some days that didn't happen. The fruit on the cruise was especially good, though and it helps that it was cut up and just waiting for me to put on my plate and eat. Once I got home it was harder to return a good diet. I was out of practice for preparing my own meals and lets face it, fruits and especially vegetables require more preparation than grabbing a granola bar.
But, all things considered, I'm happy to have accomplished my 1/2 year goal. I think the next ten pounds may be even harder, but I'm going to forge ahead. I like fitting into my clothes better (and even having some be too big). I feel better overall even though I'm still a ways from the suggested weight for my height. If only I could grow a few inches taller all would be fine!