Ed. Note: This in an ongoing series about one 40-something woman trying to eat more healthfully and exercise more often. It is not about the numbers on the scale, though they can be indicative of a growing problem. Ha. Get it? That was a little joke. More than anything, I do not want you to feel diminished by the numbers on my scale. It may not seem like I have a weight problem, but I know—I know—the bad eating habits that my children are learning…especially my girls who are home all day with me. This is as much for them as it is for me—for them and for those skinny jeans in my dresser. 😉
So I’ve been watching my weight for the past two days and this is how I feel.
(In truth, I feel good. Really really good!)
(It’s an accountability thing.)
I cannot emphasize enough how good it feels to be in control of one’s eating. I know, because I haven’t been—not for the past several months anyway.
So, my friends, it’s boot camp time! I’m going back to one of my favorite programs: Dr. Agaston’s South Beach Diet. I love this plan because the limits are clear, and I need clear limits to get back on track. I need guidance and this program provides it.
For two weeks, then, I’ll be on Phase I. Lots of restrictions to cut the cravings, of which I have many many many. (Um…can you say Sun Chips? Snyder’s Pretzelz? Snickers?)
This is the face of Phase I:
This is not, unfortunately, the face of Phase I:
Sigh. I do love me a nice White Russian now & then, but all alcohol is forbidden throughout Phase I.
I have also, as mentioned on Monday, started doing Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred. I like this particular program a lot because she offers three different levels and the workout only takes 20 minutes.
I can handle 20 minutes! Though eventually I’d like to add some treadmill time.
(Our basement equipment misses me.)
(It’s like, hey! You there by the freezer! Put down that ice cream and come say hi!)
And there you have it. Are you ready for today’s graphic photo?
I’m down four pounds since the photo on Sunday, though granted, there’s water weight involved and the fact that I was wearing more clothes in that picture than this one. (Not to be indiscreet or anything. Just being honest here!) Still, the best part of all is that I feel really good. My body hasn’t really changed, but my habits have and that makes a difference.
Now let’s see if I last the whole two weeks. 🙂
All for the greater glory of God,