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So proud of myself!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I woke up last Thursday thinking "yup, this will be the day". I always start my diets on a Monday, so I was surprised with my new found enthusiasm for a new eating plan. After watching a recent Dr. Oz diet, I was sure that the dash diet would be perfect for me. The dash diet eliminates all processed food from your diet. So starting "cold turkey" was just the kick in the butt that I needed.

As with all aspects of my life, I always have an "all or nothing" attitude. I did a sample diet of what my typical day of eating was like that got me to 256.8 pounds, and the calorie count was 3,200. I really can't blame my weight gain on my inactive Thyroid, as I have been trying to convince my doctor of for the last 10 years. In the past week my calorie counts have been between 800 and 1,200 calories. Yes, I know too few calories for a "big girl" (I hate that phrase) like me! My worry is that one day, I will wake up and just eat everything in the house. Which, I know from experience that it could happen. Hopefully, I will see the warning signs and eat more (but healthy). Have I mentioned that being impatient is one of my flaws? I want that weight off too quickly. I really do feel better, no more heartburn at night. This alone should keep me on the straight and narrow!

Typically my day consists of:

Breakfast, steel cut oats with brown sugar and milk
Lunch: Lean Protein (chicken sausage, fruit and steamed veggies
Another yummy lunch are the new Lean Cuisine Salad Additions
Dinner: Lean Protein, Veggies and fruit.

My husband and 14 year old get pre-breaded chicken breast strips, packaged mac and cheese, and lots of fruit for dinner. Tomorrow, they are ordering a pizza. My willpower is not strong enough to make a great meal for them, and eat a boiled chicken breast and green beans. AfterI lose about 50#, I will experiment with healthy recipes. But I really do have portion control issues. I can only eat so much boiled chicken and cucumbers.

I really need to add Greek Yogurt and more protein. But for some really weird reason, I am not hungry (hoot hoot). And yes, I have thought of my body thinking it is in starvation mode.

Last month, I was on a protein shake for breakfast / lunch diet. That only lasted three days. I really like to chew, not slurp.

Exercise is my downfall. I have never been athletic. last year, I did walk a 5K. I was really excited about it, until I found out it was about three miles (it felt like 10 to me), and I came in second to last in my age group. Last place person twisted her ankle. But at least I finished!

I had a gym membership at a posh club for 9 years. We only went in the summer to use the pool when my kids were little. I could not justify $130. a month. I have had my eye on a Reebok Eliptical from Costo for about 2 years. they recently discontinued it. I liked it because all of us are very tall, and it had a long stride, and a 350# weight limit. Today, I shoveled snow for about 2 hours. I feel like that should be my workout points for the week.

My sisters are 10 and 13 years older than me and are a size 8 and 0 respectively. They are both active and are vegetarians.

My son is coming home from college in two days for spring break. Although he could stand to lose a few pounds, I stocked the house up for his arrival: I have frozen Taquitos, tacos, pizzas, and also 5 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in my house. And for some reason, they have not tempted me. I seriously do not know what changed my train of thought.

Last January 2012, I was sitting at a restaurant with my hubby's cousin, complaining about my weight She joined WW with me the following week. For a month, i totally blew her away with my results. I knocked off about 25 pounds with that stint, only to very quickly gain it back. She joined a gym, joined a boot camp, and does all of these challenges. her current thing is 10,000 steps a day. In 13 months, she has shed almost 80 pounds. I know working out is so important!

For Christmas last year, My mother-in-law (who tends to be a little snarky) gave me a diet book. She pulled it off as just trying to be helpful, but it was meant to be hurtful (it was). I felt like telling her "gee, I wish, I would have thought to buy myself a diet book", and put it on the shelf with the 14 other ones that I have in my bookcase.

Anyhow, I hopped on the scale today, and it read 250.2 About 6.5# loss in a week. Ii will take it. I am so proud of the temptations that I have resisted in the past week.

Tomorrow, is a Neighborhood girls night out at someone's house with wine, appetizers, and desserts. Luckily, it starts at 7:30, so I will have dinner first. Maybe, I will double up on protein. I plan to have one glass of wine, and "nurse" it. I will put a few things on my plate, because if i don't they will convince me to "try a little something". I love all of those girls, and they would not do it intentionally, but I worry that they will sabatage my weight loss efforts.

So I will just keep plugging away, one day at a time. And celebrate my successes!

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    Your story and mine are similar. I have tried every diet out there. Never found anything I could do long term. You sound like you are ready for a healthy lifestyle instead of a diet. I am proud of you, too! I wish you success!
    1934 days ago
    Your story sounds a lot like mine with all the diets I had tried. But they never stuck. Now I don't use the word diet. I say I'm eating healthy and working on a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations on getting out there and doing the 5k! That's an awesome accomplishment. My favorite quote I "Last is just the slowest winner" by J. Boyd Hunt. I have been dead last in 2 races I've done the past few years. But I walked away proud of myself for having done it anyway because I knew what it took for me to get out there and try. As for fitness, try adding just a few minutes each day. The 28 day bootcamp here has 10 minute videos (some are 7 minutes) that aren't to hard and you can modify and you can commit to just one a day. That's just one suggestion. Or a few short 10 minute walks. They don't have to be at the same time but do 10 minutes once and 10 minutes later in the day. As you get to like it, and they become too easy, add a few more minutes periodically. You can do this. I've been where you are and know that it is doable. Congratulations on being able to avoid the other stuff right now. One step at a time, one day at a time.
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  • MANDA714
    The wonderful thing about appetizers and desserts is that they're generally smaller portions. Eating a whole meal with a group of friends isn't something that I'm feeling up to just yet, but I think I'd feel confident about "snacky" foods. There's no shame in a nibble of this and a nibble of that. And wine...well, wine to me is a necessity. It's one of life's pleasures. I'm not going to sit down to a whole bottle, but I wouldn't feel too badly about a whole glass. As you said, just plan the earlier part of your day, have some protein before you go and you won't be starving. You have a great attitude about it - I'm sure you'll be fine. Congrats on the 6.5 lbs...that's awesome!

    1935 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2013 8:46:27 PM
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