Update: I am writing this update on February 10, 2016. I have decided to retire this page as it no longer seems relevant. The thought and intentions behind it were sound but I am well past my 40th birthday. And, after a year of loss, and change, and food events and indulgences, and not really caring, I hate to admit that the 40 goal mark is higher now. But at the turn of the year I started anew and have been focusing on losing weight.
Even though Project 40 for 40 is done I have decided to leave this page up. It occupied many posts at the beginning, so much so that I feel like it is a part of me. And now that I’m back at it, I am still having success losing weight with the same principles below. These are things that I recommend to anyone trying to lose weight, everyone is different but these things work for me.
So, that is the last I will say. Stayed tuned throughout the year as I write about some of the products and recipes that are helping me get where I want to be.
Update: Today is January 18, 2014 and I think it is high time I updated what is going on with 40 for 40. To be honest, I started the food blog and my weight loss went down the tubes. Also, I had some things happen in my life and I lost all my motivation. It was more fun to eat at my favourite food truck instead of focusing on healthy choices so that’s what I did.
But no more, my mind set is back for losing weight. Even though my 40th birthday has come and gone I am still going to keep the project name 40 for 40, it has a nice ring to it and it almost captures what I am trying to do. And 42 for 42 doesn’t quite sound right. I am not doing any fancy cleanse or diet just doing the same thing as before, trying the change my lifestyle by eating healthier and getting more activity in. You can read all about it below. So if you are looking at this page and wondering why I haven’t posted my weight loss results, yes, I did lose my way for a while but I am back so stay tuned.
From April 2012:
If you are hanging out with me enough you’ll start to hear me talk about 40 for 40. So what is it? I started out the year with the goal to lose weight. I do this every year but this year I wanted it to stick. I decided I had to come up with something really special to help me. And the thought came to me, I want to lose about 40 pounds and I turn 40 next year (2013), that’s my goal.
I want to lose and maintain a weight loss of 40 pounds by my 40th birthday.
To me that is a good goal. It’s achievable, measurable and gives me a catchy phrase to keep me on track, 40 for 40.
Now that I had that figured out how was I going to do it? Everybody started asking me about what diet I was doing. And to me, this really isn’t about going on a diet; this was about a lifestyle change. My goal in all this is to figure out a healthy way to eat, for life. There are some things however that I myself needed to do to achieve this. I have done Weight Watchers before and I have had some excellent success with them in the past. I really didn’t have time to go to meetings but I figured I should be able to do this by myself if I applied a few of the concepts that I have learned from them.
The first thing, and to me, the most important is you need to track your food and activity. This helps keep you accountable to yourself every day. So I pulled an app down for my phone and started using it. It was easy, you plug in your goal weight and then it gives you a daily calorie count. Then you can start tracking your food and exercise. I could even scan the nutritional information off the label using my phone. It’s all in the app, what I’m eating, how much activity I’m doing and how I’m doing with my weight loss.
The other very important part of this is the food, obviously. I had to stop eating danishes every morning and food truck lunches every day. It’s sometimes hard for a foodie to lose weight. But I thought if I allowed myself one splurge day a week and ate healthy the rest I would be able to do it. So that’s what I did. Instead of completely focusing on all the stuff I couldn’t have during the week, I started learning about farmers markets and places where I could get healthy and local, well everything. Shopping at these places helps me get the balance I need. And that’s really how you lose weight, getting all your food servings from all the food groups. I started eating more fruits and vegetables, healthy meats, whole grains and getting all my dairy servings in and I started noticing results.
The last thing I have been doing is posting my results to anyone who cares to listen. This is my way of going to a meeting. It helps keep me accountable. I weigh myself on Saturday mornings and post my results, good or bad.
That’s Project 40 for 40, it’s a pretty big part of my life. As of today, April 28, 2012, I am at a total of 15 pounds down. I am happy with that and I am well on my way to my goal.
Stay tuned to see how I am doing.