- Wednesday Mar 01, 2017
I was working out this morning (yes! working out!) and couldn't help but think about how much better I feel! I have only lost 10 lbs or so, but the changes I'm making are beneficial and I can tell. For the first time, I'm more concerned about my health than my appearance. I guess that's why I'm able to tolerate the slow weight loss.
Sometimes when I think I'm having a "bad day" (diet wise) or messing up, I just pause to consider all the good changes I've made. I've stopped drinking (that's huge!) and cut way back on snacking, sugar, etc. And I'm exercising. Contrast that with my previous habit of 2 or 3 drinks every night, tons of happy hour snacks, candy, and eating so much junk before December 15.
I don't mean to imply that I never drink alcohol, but I've gone from about 20+ drinks/week to maybe 1-2 drinks/week. Interestingly, my plan discourages wine. They say that wine-drinkers do not have the best success, but beer is fine. I've always been a domestic beer person, but the focus of my new plan is flavor and savoring. So I have a new interest in beers with more flavor. Last weekend I had a Belgian-style ale from Costco (I can't remember the name of it.) In the past I never, ever would have chosen that. My main motivation for drinking used to be for the feeling, not the flavor. In other words, I was trying to get that little lift, that buzz, that relaxation. So maybe the reason I chose that Costco beer was because I was going to drink for flavor, not for buzz. I knew it would require more thought to drink it and I wouldn't drink it fast. I can't say that I loved it, but I did like the fact that I was forced to taste it. I didn't love the way I felt the next day, even though I only had about a pint. Instead of judging myself, I simply acknowledged it. And I thought about whether it was worth it, or what I might do differently in the future when I drink.
There are two things that are a little challenging about my plan. I am supposed to eat my favorite foods. The foods that make me drool. So the other night I had my favorite BBQ sandwich and hot, beautiful fries. I did exactly what I was supposed to do and I savored every bite. When I was comfortably full, I wrapped up the leftovers. But it is hard to eat a meal like that and not instantly judge it as "bad." (The other down-side was that the leftovers were not nearly as good as they would have been the night before.) The second challenge is that we are not supposed to eat many sweets. Damn, I love sweets. But I am doing my best and trying to savor sweets when I do indulge. I'm trying to think of this as a life change, and realistically, sweets are a part of my life. So... as always, it's a mind game.
Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!
- Thursday Feb 23, 2017
Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!
- Monday Feb 20, 2017
Finally feeling better and ready to renew my commitment to this plan. I'm thinking about asking my son to help me with weights. He's a football player and spends a lot of time in the weight room.
Progress as of today: 10.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!
- Saturday Feb 18, 2017
Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!
- Friday Feb 17, 2017
I've been sick which has totally thrown me off my game. But I'm on the mend and down a pound. Yay!
Happy Friday to all.
Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 26 lbs to go!
- Sunday Feb 12, 2017
Yesterday was a certain special occasion which normally means lots of food and lots of beer. I had club soda and lime and did not feel deprived at all! On my plan I can eat whatever I want so I had fish & chips but ate less than half. My husband bought me some candy and I didn't touch it, although it was more difficult to pass up the candy than the beer. (I can't have sweets for the first 3 weeks.)
Technically I can drink beer but I know that drinking is my eating trigger. And as time goes on it is easier and easier to pass it up. Major victories yesterday!
I am finally seeing progress that has eluded me for so long.
Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 27.2 lbs to go!
- Friday Feb 10, 2017
Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 28 lbs to go!
- Thursday Feb 09, 2017
Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 28.2 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Feb 08, 2017
Day #3 on N.S. I wasn't hungry this morning so I didn't eat anything until 1:15 or so, and even then wasn't really hungry. Technically I shouldn't have eaten, but I'm not perfect, so I did. I think I got a little panicked that I would not get hungry all day and wouldn't get to eat. I had 1/4 apple, about 3 oz pork and 1/2 cup mashed potatoes. It's a weird thing... trying not to restrict, but also trying to wait for true hunger. I felt better and had more energy today than the other two days.
I used my new device and walked 30 minutes to work this morning, which means I also have to walk 30 minutes home. It was kinda cool to see my heart rate in graph form. I also did three "circuits" so far today. A circuit is my made-up exercise routine while at the offfice. I walk up to the 5th floor and then walk back down to the basement and then return to the first floor. It only takes 5 minutes or less but it really gets the pulse up. I should be doing it hourly... maybe I'll work up to it.
On N.S., you are supposed to eat the things that make you drool. Well, mostly that involves sweets, which are not allowed the first three weeks. I've been trying to think of food that I really, really love. Oddly, nothing much comes to mind. Maybe a nice hamburger and fries. Mexican. I'm not sure. But I do foresee a problem getting enough fruits and veggies in. Nonetheless, I'm giving it a try and will see what happens.
Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 29.4 lbs to go!
- Tuesday Feb 07, 2017
I did it! I picked up the fitness device and filled out the form. Thanks for your encouragement. The funny part -- I didn't even have to list my weight. LOL. All that agonizing for nothing! Now all I have to do is use the thing!
I started the Naturally Slim program yesterday. It's pretty interesting. Basically you eat when you're really hungry, but you have whatever you want. (instead of changing what you eat, you're changing when and how you eat.) There are some other aspects of it, but that's the main idea. Normally I eat a pretty big breakfast, possibly up to 1,000 calories, but for this program I am not eating until I'm hungry. I realize I'm not hungry at breakfast, which is really weird. Maybe that will change. They say your "true hunger pattern" will emerge after 3 - 4 days. So I guess we shall see. I will say that I did truly enjoy my food yesterday. And I ate much less than usual.
Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 29.6 lbs to go!