Thursday, November 29, 2012
Here it is a week after Thanksgiving. I had mentally (key for myself) planned to lose weight. A couple of things happened. A good friend, lost 20 pounds since July. Four of us agreed to the one with the most weight loss, we'd buy dinner. She wins. I don't, as I actually gained weight in that time. I am almost where I was, before I started seriously losing weight (about 70 pounds worth) beginning two years ago. I have no excuse. The best thing I can do for myself is step up to the plate and begin again. I'm using my previous note cards where I posted my exercise, food portions, calories consumed etc. to begin a new notebook, with goals and daily postings of food calories, exercise and water. It's pocketbook size, but I may go larger as posting how I feel, really helps, too. I seem to have greater gratification doing a new program during holidays. I still bake, but don't consume. There are enough guinea pigs around to test my baked goods. It is really a 'mindset' I must get myself into, which is not easy and planning. I'm opting for more protein, too, and less glucose foods- that provoke my metabolism. In the morning is when I eat fruits with breakfast/ snack. Hiking will hopefully be done, daily (as it is around my property). More cycling to really bump up using the calories is helpful. Afternoon, are veggies with protein, then no eating after 7pm. Drinks are water, coffee (my non-give up item I love) and green tea. It is Day 2 and I already feel like weight is coming off. Sometimes it will be much in a week at the beginning, only because I eliminate sugar and high-carb foods, I ate before I restricted them on my diet plan. That, and really being aware that water-100oz. a day swoosh's the weight away. I have a Game plan, to win, and appreciate all the encouragement here on Spark People. It's a wonderful thing, to not give up, even when failing and gaining back the weight, to reassess and do it all over again. Each day is a unique gift and with great thanksgiving, I will approach this upcoming endeavor to loose weight, with a good attitude of 'yes' it can be done and I will do it.