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Carol Gets Fit - Weeks Five and Six

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Telling It Like It is – ’50s Style

The Better Homes and Gardens Diet Book, published in 1955, has some of the most delightful illustrations I’ve ever seen.

255 pages of great info, charts and general weight-watching advice.

I love the page – “You’re fat because you eat too much; there isn’t any other reason.” Now that’s telling it like it is – 50s style!

But that IS the truth, I do eat too much. So now, if my relationship with my weight is going to work, I need to be truthful to myself. Look in the mirror and say, “I am a big fat body because I eat too much food.” There. Now we can move on.

Just to get the statistics out-of-the-way - I have not lost a single pound in 3 weeks, BUT I have not gained a pound, either. True, I have lots of excuses – vacation, family reunion, trips out-of-town, out-of-town company and just about any situation that is out of the normal for me, I experienced. So naturally I was way off my routine (i.e. working out & tracking my food). Watching my sugar, especially not to eat over 5 grams of sugar for any one serving, was hard because I was always eating out or eating other people’s cooking, so I just worked on keeping my food close to zero sugar and only healthy carbs.

Not to be discouraged, I know that starting on Monday I will be back at work, eating my healthy lunch and snacks and back at the gym every evening. I will be tracking my food and exercise on Spark People and getting back into earning badges and racking up those points.

I did go to Target and bought a pair of 5-lb weights. The 3-lb’ers I was using just were not heavy enough. So I tried to keep up with my free weights, a little, but not every day as before. I still can’t use the 5-lb weights on my shoulder raises for 3 reps of 12, but I do as many as I can, then switch back down to the 3-lb weights for the full 3 reps of 12.

I am still counting on being at my goal weight by my birthday in January, but should be there a lot sooner, like Thanksgiving, if I can get the pounds to start rolling off. Just 31 lbs. to go. My weight loss has dropped to .80 pound per week (ouch!) because I am at a stand still of 166 lbs. But all-in-all, I have STILL lost 5 lbs since May 12th and 15 lbs since Nov. 13, 2011. So I must keep pushing forward. Tried to keep up my focus & momentum while everything was abuzz, but really fell behind on journaling and tracking my food on Spark People.

Success or failure, the choice is ours. We’ll see how this next week goes.

If you want to catch up on my journey, you can read how I did in Week One, Week Two and Weeks Three & Four

And so, my Goals for Week Seven are:

(1) Workouts: Back to the gym. This is my biggest challenge. Find a new way to make it work.

(2) Diet: Back to basics. No processed food. No sugar. Continue to look for new motivation and recipes, especially quick, easy & healthy for dinner.

(3) Tracking & Journaling: Get back to analyzing each day to set a positive path for success the next day.”

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