During the Florida A&M University Classic weekend in Orlando, I had an amazing time. However, I was not taking my diet serious because I was going out to eat and eating a lot of fried foods. I did think twice about eating healthy; I just wanted to have a good time.
I was eating at Bahama Breeze, The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Changs China Bistro. Even though I was not eating the right foods, I noticed something different about my eating. I was cutting back and not eating as often as I used to. I wouldn’t order big meals. The meals were just enough to get me full.
For Thanksgiving, I think I may have lost control. I could not wait to eat Thanksgiving dinner.
The food was amazing, literally. My grandma has some collard greens and sweet potato pie that will change your life.
My mom’s macaroni and cheese is to die for, and my uncle who made the turkey is a chef. Enough said.
The food was so good I had to sit in a corner and get my life together. My birthday was also on Thanksgiving weekend. My family surprised me with a birthday cake and a money tree. My mom even made me a homemade cheesecake. Why did she do that?
For anyone who knows me, cheesecake is my favorite dessert. It’s like my kryptonite.
As you may know, I set a goal for myself to lose 30 pounds by my birthday. When I weighed myself, I was 220 lbs which means I lost 17 lbs. I probably gained some more weight since then due to Thanksgiving leftovers.
Now looking back on it, and I honestly think I picked the worst time to try to lose weight. It sounded so easy at first, but it was not a priority like it should have been. I wish I would have paid more attention to my weight loss.
With all the traveling, extracurricular activities, and school, I was not focusing enough time toward losing weight. Losing weight is not just changing what I eat but a lifestyle change. I wish I knew what I know now because I would do my semester over differently. I probably would not have picked this semester to lose weight because the fall is always my busiest semester. What was I thinking?
I’m not going to give up now. I know 17 is not 30 but it is better than zero. I am really going to get disciplined now that my semester is over in a couple of days to lose these last 13 lbs and then continue to see where I end up.
This is the final installment in a series of stories dedicated to tracking Baker’s weight loss.