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After Thanksgiving-How I plan to lose the weight for good.

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.

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SARACYCLE 11/30/2012 12:13PM

It really works. I am 'cranky' feeling the first day or so, then feel fine and am ready to go with it, the 2nd, or at least by the 3rd day. I feel no deprivation, due to filling up on the veggies. The crankiness could be due to the no sugar, of which I caved to 2 homemade cookies, 100 calories, last night. That was my binge, but I stayed within my calorie range. Kicking the sugar habit is one of the secrets to fast weight loss.
I'm hoping to either road ride or mountain bike this afternoon (it is nice out) and then I have to compensate with carbs (not too many) but enough to keep from bonking. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/30/2012 9:28AM

    I'm needing to get serious again also. Your plan of what "works" sounds very, very similar to mine. If I keep my carb intake down to a fruit & yogurt in the morning and stick with non-starchy veggies and protein for the rest of the day I get the best results. Of course doused with boat-loads of water, black coffee and brewed green tea! :-)


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ARW715 11/29/2012 8:56PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do it!

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MIDROAD 11/29/2012 8:39PM

    An excellent plan! Much success to you. emoticon

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