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Sunday, January 13, 2013

My first step in creating a healthy lifestyle was to tackle the hardest step. For me that was eating healthy portion sizes and stop eating as much carbs and sugars as I was.

I started this about 5 days ago, and I'm proud to say that I have definitely cut down. For about two weeks before I started, I would eat McDonald's Egg McMuffin Sandwich with a large Frappe Mocha. Then I added on an extra large Frappe Mocha throughout the day. On top of this I would eat a burger from my work (about 1,200 calories) for dinner, while snacking throughout the day. I gained about 10 pounds in these two weeks.

There was hardship before these two weeks, such as eating tons of chocolate and drinking a buttload of soda. But these last two weeks was my eye opener.

So 5 days ago, I started on a diet that my friend sent to me via email. It was one of those "lose 10 pounds in three days" diets. I knew it wouldn't allow for me to lose 10 pounds in three days. However after I studied it, I realized that it could help me begin eating healthier portion sizes while making healthier eating choices. The diet was about eating smaller amounts several times a day.

The first day was the toughest day. I thought I was going to starve. Then going to work and denying that burger was just terrible. But I did it! In fact, I ate a soup and salad at work instead. The Bartender was like, "The usual tonight?" and I was like "Um..... Yeaaaannnoooo. I'm going to have the Chicken Wild Rice Soup with a small Caesar Salad." And just like that, everything changed. I finally tapped into my very unused well of self control.

It's been good ever since. There's been hard times, but I've overcome them! Since then I've lost three pounds. Sounds like a small amount, but to me it makes a world of difference!

I joined SparkPeople so I can continue my ride uphill, and find people just like me! My next goal is to get my husband in on it... But that may have to wait until he sees my results. :D
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    Thank you everyone for your support!

    @Debteveldahl: I think my husband is starting to consider it... Mainly because I've really only been making healthy meals, and since I pack his lunch it isn't like he has much of a choice. :D Congratulations on almost making it to your goal! You've come this far, I'm sure you can make it the rest of the way! But I do agree, I think those last pounds are going to be the hardest for me. I have a fear that once I'm almost there I'll start loosening up on myself with the excuse that I made it that far....

    @Nmsustudent: I love that quote!!! I made it my background on my computer!!!

    @Kjones4423: It is so rough keeping to this. I have the worst sweet tooth on the whole entire planet. Once I start eating it I can't stop otherwise I get so crabby. And I know exactly what you mean with the carbs, I'm a spaghetti-holic. I make it at least once a week for dinner, along with my (I don't mean to brag) famous garlic bread, then I continue to eat it for lunch/dinner for the majority of the week. These two problems have been the hardest to break. But I do have to say, they've been the most rewarding to break. I feel great now that I'm not bogged down by the constant sugar and carb intake, and I've also saved money because I'm no longer looking for my next sugar fix and I don't buy dinner at work either. Good luck to you! I know you can do this! emoticon
    1981 days ago
    You are making all the right choices and reaping the results. Congratulations on the 3 pounds lost. That is a big deal, so be sure to reward yourself only with a non food reward. Consistency is the key. I've only got about 10 pounds to lose too, but this last 10 pounds for me is the hardest. I hope that you can get your husband on board. It is so much easier when you have support at home, as well as on site. I wish you great success with your goals. Keep up the fantastic work and terrific attitude. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon
    1983 days ago
    Quote: "Having a goal is a state of happiness."─E. J. Bartek

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    1983 days ago
  • KJONES4423
    I am almost 2 weeks in and my first step was to just be accountable for what I eat. Since I have that down my goal this week is to cut back on carbs as they are my lifeline. I really think I will die without my breads and pasta! Sounds like you are on the right track. I know the lifestyle change is what will help us keep off the weight.
    1983 days ago
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