An aha moment

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We recently came back from a trip to Indonesia and friends from the trip had a get together. Some people brought their pictures and they showed them on their very large TV. My husband and I were shocked at how we looked. VERY LARGE. We decided we had to do something about it. Since I had last been on SP I had gained 15 lbs, always in the same places, tummy and back, probably elsewhere but these were the most noticeable and unattractive and biggest of all, unhealthy. We decided to lose weight, change our eating habits and count calories. I've been on many diets, too numerous to mention and all the diet of the moment. This time I decided that I would go back to SP, keep track of my calories and give my husband a general idea of what we are eating. So far, it's been about 3 weeks, I've lost 9 lbs and he's lost about the same. We don't consider this a diet but a lifestyle eating change. Of course we will over eat on occasion, to think not is very unrealistic. We both weigh ourselves every AM, and he does in the PM too. I plan my meals for the day, quite often I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day for days at a time. I have a few core meals that I vary for bkfst and lunch. Dinner, quite often, is a salad with a protein. We also give ourselves treats, like lowfat frozen yogurt with canned crushed pineapple. Everything is measured or weighed. My plan is to buy a treadmill, I live in Florida but it is too hot for me to walk outside between June and into October. I still work out in the high school 2 times a week. We have a stair stepper that my husband uses and he lifts weights at home. I was always after the quick fix in weight loss but have come to the realization that it never works.
I've lost and gained the same 10 lbs, more often just 5, for years. At least we had a wake up call.
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    You are wickit smaaaaart, as we say in RI. emoticon emoticon I wish my getting large DH would join me on this journey.
    3587 days ago
  • MARY1313
    Good for you getting back on track and coming back to what you know makes sense and works. Good to see you again too!

    Mary & April
    3654 days ago
    Yeah, pictures of me are just mind boggling right now. A motivation for sure.

    Keep up the good work. emoticon
    3654 days ago
  • ROSE251
    For the first time, in a long time, years that is, I really believe that I can lose weight. An important reason is not depriving myself of a particular food, whatever it happens to be. I can fit it into my food plan for the day. Sometimes I feel hungry but drinking water or sometimes I have a no calorie chocolate soda, or a green tea pk that goes in the water bottle. Also a hard boiled egg now and then helps, or a tomato, sliced with Peter Luger steak sauce on it. I just don't want to have to give up everything that I like. I've done too many no carb diets, or no sugar diet, which means very little fruit. I guess I'm just not going overboard on anything. Even if I gain a pound I'm not giving up, I know it will come off if I "count my calories". Why has that become such a bad thing to do?
    Thanks for the support. Good luck to you and thanks for the comments.
    3656 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    It is amazing what pictures reveal about us. When they say "a picture is worth a millon or thousand" word they arent kidding. Great job so far, keep up the good work.
    3656 days ago
    I too am pretty much starting over with SP. Was off for a month or two and gained quite a considerable amount of weight. back. So congrats to us all for getting the wake up call. Good Luck on achieving your goals. With SP I know you can do this.
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    3656 days ago
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