Over the past 6 weeks, I have been keeping a secret (at least in theory…as anyone physically close to me knows already!). I have been on a diet. Generally speaking, I don’t like diets at all. I think that they make women struggle with their self esteem in unhealthy ways and start a constant cycle of denial and eating. But, after my trip to Savannah, I saw a picture and thought…”Is that me?” For the first time in years, I stepped on a scale and found out something really shocking. It was not only me….but me plus about 60 lbs. Over the last 18 years of marriage, I had gained 60 lbs!
Now, that may seem really silly to say to some, but realizing that I was always that skinny kid (think—no boobs at all until I was about 25 years old and I was only 100 lbs). At that time, the doctor changed my epilepsy meds and food became a friend. More than that, as I was always able to eat whatever I wanted before, it was not even part of my mental make up to think that I would not continue to do so. Further, as I spend much of my day glued to a computer, the opportunity to get in some laps at the gym was not there—even had I wanted to do so.
So..since then, I have lost almost 17 lbs and kicked in with a great exercise program. Honestly, the exercise part is a real bitch, but as The Marine reminds me so often, “it’s easier to say no than to say yes!” He has my number completely because I love to say YES!
But, all in all, I just wanted to take a few words to share with others what has helped me along the path. I am not at my goal yet (which is 140 lbs.), but I am making it there!
A few things that worked for me:
- I count carbs. Look at the label and read the servings in the package. We assume when we see something like 6 carbs that is for the whole package. NOPE! I read a soup label the other day that had 4 servings in one small package at 15 carbs per serving.
- If you go out to eat, then get a to-go box at the very beginning. When the waitress brings it, shuffle half of the food into the box and close the lid. Then only eat what is on your plate. I have learned that it is not so much of what you eat—but how much!
- I am a chocolate freak. It’s a need I cannot control. So, I don’t try. Hersey’s and Reese’s both have 100 calorie (6 carbs) candy bars. They are about the size of your middle finger and kinda thin, but the taste is exactly the same. Hersey puts out a dark chocolate and a mint milk chocolate—both are my best friends in life.
- Find some nuts. Almonds are great for some crunchy snacks because they satisfy the appetite and taste good. Be careful of the salt because it can make you retain water…but I love the taste.
- Veggie Juice after a workout. My body loves the refueling feeling and I add alittle salt on top to replace the electrolytes. Gives me a strong feeling of replacing what sweat washes away.
- Slimfast shakes (Chocolate Royale extra, extra cold) to replace breakfast. Never in love with breakfast anyways, but that chocolate shot in the morning is awesome. Something else I do…I open a warm can and put it into a bowl. Put it in the freezer and by dinner you will have—you guessed it—ice cream!
And if anyone out there is trying the same and has a secret diet trick that works for them….share with us please!! As always…no product endorsements. Just some stuff I am doing and its working. ~~Dee