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Choosing a New Plan

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

It has taken me a long time to realize that I function the best when I have structure in my life. I need a plan. Winging it, just doesn't really work for me. It ends up depending on my daily mood swings and is often interrupted by unforeseen circumstances. So, it is especially true when it comes to how I eat.

In the past when I have been most successful at losing weight it was because I chose a food/eating plan, and then stuck to it. So, I know that it is something I must do again if I want to keep my focus and be successful. In the past I have found success with low carb diets. I do my best when I control carbs in my diet. I have found this out through much trial and error. I can not be successful for very long on low calorie, low fat diets that encourage eating a lot of whole grains, pasta, rice. Those things just set off my carb cravings and I always end up over indulging. While I love low carb eating.. I have become a lazy low carber. I eat too many processed meats and cheese. (both of those things are discouraged in low carb diets) I can go a long time with little or no carbs.. but, at some point I will eat them again. Then I go completely crazy with them and spin off plan.

So, I have tried to look for a plan that offers me the balance I know I need to find. I have been reading the 17 day diet book. It lays out four -17 day cycles of eating.
The first of course is the most restrictive. I like that it acknowledges the need to limit sugar intake but still has you incorporating healthy carbs. Such as fruit. That is something I usually eliminate completely. But, on this plan you incorporate fruit into your daily plan. You simply choose the fruits that are lower in sugar and eat them early in the day. Most veggies are unlimited which is good for me because I LOVE them and am happy to fill up on a huge salad.

The bottom line is that this plan is simple, structured, and controls carbs without eliminating them. So I am hopeful it will help me to form my new way of eating and thinking about food.

I am nervous of course to start a new plan... there is always a bit of fear of failure for me. But, honestly to continue to ignore the weight I am gaining is the only way I could fail.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOS4EVER 2/10/2013 8:56AM

    Never heard of the book/diet. Due to diabetes I have to watch my carbs too. I hope you do well on your new eating plan. Keep us posted as to how it goes.

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MAGGIE101857 2/10/2013 8:17AM

    Funny that you mention that plan; I noticed it yesterday when adding a new friend and have it open on my computer. I was trying to decide if I should download it to my Nook or go buy the book at the store. Sometimes a paper copy is nice to have!

Like you, I love my fruit, so I don't want to eliminate it from my diet - it's good for you. But I DO need to focus on the lower carb, it definitely helps with the cravings. If I was single and living alone, it would be much easier; my DH is a carbolic; not good for either one of us!


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WATCHMEGO2 2/10/2013 7:18AM

    Good luck with the plan, I love it! If you have questions reach out to the group, they are great!

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BOOKWERME 2/8/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon Hope this works well for you. You have been smart to analyze your own needs and seek a way to meet them. Do let us know how things go! emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:05AM

    emoticon Well done for realizing that you need a more structured plan. Can't wait to see the great results!

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    I've seen the book but have not read it. Good luck with the diet!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/7/2013 12:07AM

    You can do it though emoticon and you will.

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FP4HLOSER 2/6/2013 9:45AM

    You will do GREAT! emoticon Don't be nervous---just take a day at a time!

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