I found this picture of me here in the new house probably around March 2001. I probably gained another 10 pounds before I decided to lose.
Ok, Ladies, if you're starting here.. Don't. Hop down to the first diet story called "Because you asked, how I lost.. lbs." However, it had gotten long and bulky.
Besides, I decided to change tactics.
On May 20, we headed out of the country for a whirlwind tour of England. It was spectacular, and so were the fries. I put on two pounds, despite eating anything and everything under the sun. That was great. I was tickled. I hadn't even tried to diet at all. No Slimfast. No Xenical. No NOTHING..except lots and lots and lots of walking.
The trouble started when we came back to the U.S. and shortly thereafter headed to Pennsylvania on a family vacation, where I put on 7 pounds in just 10 short days. The problem? No walking to speak of. Yes, some exercise, but not hourly walking like while in Europe.
So, I had been losing only about 1 pound per month or six weeks on the Slimfast plan. I figured it might serve me well to try something different. So, I did. I decided to try the Low Carb alternative diet. Otherwise known as the Dr. Atkins Diet.
Pretty much we tend to stay quite busy here, but who likes to be hungry? The concept of never feeling hungry appealed to me. So, I've been doing this for almost two weeks now. I've managed to get back down to where I was BEFORE going to England, and even lost 2 pounds more than that.
I just thought you might like to know that I'm still working my way toward my goal weight of 150, despite a slight delay and a change of course.
Believe me, I still have cases of Slimfast and Xenical in the house. I'm afraid that one's body gets used to something and doesn't want to get out of the "cycle" that it gets into. However, with only 18 pounds to go and nearly 70 behind me, I'm so close to my goal that I can smell it. I am a goal oriented person and having a goal within reach gives me added impetus to go ahead and get there...
Any comments or help is appreciated, as sometimes this whole not eating the "good stuff" (like Snickers, Hershey's, smores, and brownies) can get very, very difficult.
Saturday, August 9, 2003
Well, this week I finally broke the "stalemate" that I had with the 166 lb. mark. I finally got down to 164.5. Those who have tried this know just how hard it is to keep going, even when you seemingly stall out. For about 3 weeks, I fought with the 166-167.5 pound range, and it was discouraging. Finally, this past week, I broke through down to the 164.5 range. I was quite happy. I hope it doesn't take 3 weeks of shuffling back and forth with that pound before I go down again.
Lest you think I get discouraged enough to quit, please don't think that. I'm too close to my goal (150 lb. mark) to quit now. The closer I get, however, to the goal on the scale, the more the realization sinks in that I'm not going to be where I need to be body-mass-and-shape-wise at 150, so I will inevitably have to go lower to get there.
However, when I reach the 150 lb. mark, I'll decide that. At this rate, it's going to take til Christmas to get there! But, even if it does, that's o.k. I'm just glad that I'm headed in the right direction.
The other nice this is, that I have short-term "goal clothes" that I am working my way into. The dress pictured above was one I bought back at Easter time, that was way too tight. I couldn't wear it out in public. I loved it, however, and bought it and kept it hanging up in the bathroom to remind me what I wanted to be able to wear.
Also, the skirt I am wearing in the newest TCC member post, is my other "goal item". I bought it last Christmas. I used to try it on monthly and would laugh at myself. Now I wear it regularly, and the waist is actually getting too loose. It's a nice problem to have.
But, when I think I've actually achieved something, I just go clothes shopping again. On Thursday I hit the Goodwill in Brooksville for a huge selection of really nice clothes, and was most discouraged at how nothing fit... I should have bought one skirt..it was fully lined, absolutely gorgeous and I doubt it had ever been worn...but at a size 10, the only thing that fit about it was the waistline, and that was too discouraging. I figured someone else could have it worn out before I could ever wear it!
What else am I doing to help? you ask. Well, I am continuing nightly sit-ups, and I am doing leg exercises.. That's it. Yes, I know. I need to start walking and swimming and riding the exercise bike. But I don't. Shame on me. If I could figure out how to answer emails and ride a stationary bike at the same time, I'd probably have the thinnest legs you ever saw..but I haven't figured that out yet! If you know, let me know. I'd be willing to try it!
(Maybe there's a way to bring in a stationary bike, rig up a platform and put the computer keyboard up on the handlebars, so I could type while I cycle. Now, that would be neat! Maybe Ken can rig something up for me!) :? Rachael