Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I am a college graduate now. I am a stay at home mother now. It is high time I get back in the weight loss saddle and do this ALL THE WAY! It took me 5 years of trying to lose weight to realize that carbohydrates (most of them) are my enemy. I tried a high fiber diet--and gained 6 lbs in a month. Enough of that! I am going down the protein road this time around and see where that leads me. Lean meats and low fat dairy actually keep me satisfied longer than fruits, vegetables, and grains. I convinced my husband that we need to try Ezekiel bread as even packaged breads labled "whole wheat" and "whole grain" have white, refined grains in the ingredients list. Natural and organic seems to be the best route to take. But, grass fed ground beef is expensive!
All packaged snack foods that I enjoy eating have been eliminated from my cabinets and pantry. I have filled my refigerator with fat free milk, plain yogurt, and low glycemic fruits and veggies such as cherries, oranges, celery, and cauliflower. I have unsalted nuts such as almonds, cashews, and pistachios. Steel cut oats, barley, flax, and spelt are slowly making their way into my house as well.
This is going to be different than last year's weight loss because I will not be using Slim Fast and Lean Cuisine to aid me in my efforts. I felt starved and I'm sure I was undernourished. I have my trusty old treadmill to warm up with a 30 minute walk and I have a few Tae Bo tapes (yes, tapes!-they were only a dollar) for some whole body toning.
Two of the biggest challenges I know I have to overcome are nighttime snacking (binge eating is more accurate) and exercise.
At night, after a long day of running around, I want to sit down and read a good book or watch a movie. Snacks and treats galore usually accompany these nocturnal activities and I eat until I cannot eat any more. For the past 10 days, I have been pretty good at resisting the temptation to do this. If I could just keep pressing on, I know I can kick this habit!
Being active is not in my genes. At all. I think I have one uncle who used to run every morning...and that's it. We're not athletic, and working out is torture. This is how I feel. Last year, I was able to get into the groove of things and find something that worked--Slim in 6. Trouble is, I stopped at 2 weeks. It's like I sabotaged myself or something because I was seeing results. That doesn't even make sense! Finding the motivation from some deep, dark abyss in my psyche to exercise every day is going to be nearly impossible. That is why I need to stick with Sparkpeople and get this accomplished.