I'm new too. Don't say you're going to try your best. Draw the line in the sand and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I have 65 lbs to lose. And I don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about losing weight, worrying about losing weight and what I look like, stressing because nothing fits me, worrying about being see around others because I'm so self-conscious of how bad I look. I FINALLY have got to a point where I said to myself. No more excuses. NO more. I'm done. This is not going to be an issue the rest of my life. I started this two weeks ago. I haven't even started exercising yet because I've been too busy -- I'm self employed and can't make the time. I know if I really wanted to I could, but I'm not there yet.
But what I have done is put myself on a 1,200 calorie and no more day. No matter what I'm not crossing that 1,200 calories. The calculator says if I lose 2.2 lbs a week, I can be 140 lbs by January. That's doable for me. If I look at the big picture, I give up and say that's too much to lose. But 2.2 lbs a week. If I just do that, I will make it.
It's been 2 weeks with no exercise but sticking to the right combinations of food (chicken, fruits, vegetables, etc.). I can eat whatever I want, so I'm not dieting. But I'm not going to go over 1,200 in a day. I even had chocolate cake and frosting yesterday. But that 450 calories was figured into my 1,200 calories a day. I didn't really enjoy it but I'd been super good for 2 weeks so I felt I earned it. I didn't fall off the wagon. I had one dessert. Calculated it in with my 1,200 calories and didn't gain a pound.
If i want something then I have to remove something else from my list of what I had planned for that day but stick to the 1,200 calories. Guess what. 2 weeks later. I'm 6 lbs lighter. That's more than 2.2 lbs a week. That's 3 lbs a week. Today and yesterday I only had 800-900 calories and I'm eating a lot of food. I just couldn't eat anymore. I think my stomach has shrunk. But before my scale was stuck and it either went up or stayed put, so I must be doing something right.
I keep my carbs in the low range, and my fats in the low range, my protein in the higher range and my calories under 1,200. And it's WORKING. I am so thrilled. So please don't say you'll try. Say you'll do it, like I did. We gained it a few lbs at a time. We'll lose it a few lbs at a time. And then guess what -- food, diet, weight loss, etc. won't be in our vocabulary anymore and we can move on with our wonderful active social lives. Wouldn't that be worth all the work??
If you need a cheerleader, I'd be glad to listen. I usually start off good and tinker off after a few weeks. I don't think so this time because I don't feel deprived of anything. I can have whatever I want. I've also add lot more fruit and veggies into my diet, 4-6 helpings a day and I think that helps.
Draw that line and say enough. I'm not trying. I'm done!!! Hope this helped.
Use the calorie counter and planned meals. It's such a big help knowing exactly what we're putting in our bodies. I had no idea how badly I was eating before until I saw the numbers. No wonder I got in this mess!!
Marcy, in Oregon
| current weight: 178.0