Simple Goals

Monday, March 18, 2013

As long as I have been dieting (a solid 14 years, literally half of my life), with every success and every not so success, with all of my knowledge of what works for me and what doesn't work for me, I am sure that I am not the only person who tries to make losing weight way more complex than it needs to be. There was a time last fall when I was "dieting" and my brain was absolutely boggled. "HOW?" it kept asking. "How? There has to be some complicated formula, some ritual to getting it right and keeping it right."

There is. But it's not hard.

I came across a blog last night with a recipe for Mango Ginger Spa Water. The blog claimed that the water would help you lose weight. It was not the reason I was there. I was there because ginger water sounds kind of delicious. However, below the recipe the blogger added her 4 Goals to lose weight. They were:

1. Drink a gallon of water a day.
2. Remove all processed food and fake sugars from your diet.
3. Move your body.
4. Count your calories. Take your goal weight and add a zero. That's how many calories you should eat.

Well, duh. For some reason looking at those four simple goals made me want to slam my head into my laptop out of sheer frustration with myself. Drink your water. Eat right. Move your body. I know that. I KNOW THAT. There is no reason for me to not do it!

So, another Monday and another fresh slate. Last week I aimed for 1500 calories a day and lost a pound so I'm going to see what happens if I take this woman's advice. My goal weight is 136, just low enough to be in a healthy BMI, so I'm aiming for 1360-1400 calories this week. I bought some apples and cucumbers and soup today so I am ready to go!

If you are interested, the blog I was looking at has a ton of recipes that actually look decent and a number of 0 calorie spa waters that sound delicious.
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