Hi, fellow Michigan folks!
Last year I lost 20 pounds just using the SparkPeople tracker to log what I ate. The awareness stopped me in my tracks many times from mindless eating. I also began pool walking in spurts, a week each month (I was too heavy to walk long and hard without tearing out my knees).
By October, my weight loss leveled out and by Jan. I was desperate enough to commit to SparkPeople in a new way. I began to work toward following the SparkPeople diet (turning it on in my tracker, plus shopping from the grocery list). I took a leap forward when I was laid off for 2 weeks starting Feb. 14, using those 2 weeks to get in the habit of posting a hardcopy of the menu on my refrigerator each Sunday for the week ahead. I've resumed losing weight since then!
And I am amazed at what I am learning from just blindly following the diet, even eating stuff I wouldn't normally like or eat (roasted beets with onions-- ew). Whatever. I just buy it and make it and don't think about it. I've had to get creative about making time to do this. I go to work full-time, have a long commute, and go to school at night. I pretty much have no time for any TV anymore.
Yeah, I know we are supposed to call this a food plan for life, but I am a Weight Watchers failure (the only person I know who gained 40 lbs while on WW) and I feel happily rebellious and not politically correct for some reason in proudly calling what I'm doing a diet. What-ever, I have to laugh at myself, I guess. Whatever works.
I have a soft-sided lunch cooler that has become my travel buddy. I fill it up with my food for the day. I freeze two left-over plastic small Nestle chocolate milk bottles with water and they are good for keeping things cold up until my traveling dinner time. I'm just really determined to use whatever SparkPeople is teaching me.
The variety of food I am making really irritates me. I do not like cooking. I hate chopping vegetables. Yet, for some reason, when I put all this effort into making stuff for myself, when the time comes to eat it, I feel grateful and cared-for. Still absorbing all this.
| current weight: 255.0