Friday, July 13, 2012

Something a little bit different....................

Well hello. I'm not even going to bore you with excuses, I'm just going to tell you what's happening at present. On July 2nd I started a diet. I dropped a fairly substantial amount of cash to a weight loss center. This is week two, and my goal is to lose 50 lbs. Other than Weight Watchers, I have never paid for help before. WW is a wonderful program in general, but I live in a very small, rural area, and have attended the local WW before...............it is substandard in every way.  I need to be accountable to a wider audience than myself, and my husband. My theory is that in spending money that could otherwise go for fabric, and other quilt related goodies, might assist me in getting a jump start. 

This particular weight loss center suits me because, for one thing, you don't purchase food from them. There is absolutely no way that I will trade eating fresh ingredients for frozen meals. They do provide me with completely natural dietary supplements, as well as a simple eating plan. Essentially, we're talking about high protein, low carbs, low fat. Nothing new there, I know, but for the first four weeks, there are no "white" foods allowed. No pasta, potatoes, breads, or rice. No fruit, either. I am somewhat surprised (shocked!) to have made it thus far w/o cheating on this pretty strict regimen. Also, my bosom buddies, no alcoholic beverages are allowed. This likely would present no difficulty for most of you out there, but here on the farm we enjoy our cocktail hour. If this sends you straight off to delete me forever from your browser, so be it, but you were always in the wrong place anyway. At any rate, other than missing the "ritual" of cocktail hour, peanuts, appetizers, etc, I have not been overly tempted. I just prepare my glass of iced tea earlier that usual, and sip on that instead.

As this is week two, I decided I should get off my sedentary rear and use my expensive, and ignored, treadmill. This morning was my third day....................you know the old saying about walking and chewing gum? Unfortunately, I factored in a third activity.................my IPod.  Continued.....

7 comments:

  1. Good luck Michele! I am also trying to lose 50 lbs. I figure any diet that works for you is a good one, lol. It's hard to give up habits like cocktail hour, but you seem to have found an alternative. Keep it up.

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  2. Oh dear, that 50 lbs. Seems to be a majic number for many of us as I too am trying to lose that amount. I am down almost 20 since the beginning of April but have stalled. Probably the cocktails!

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    1. I've always felt that if you once lost X amount of weight, it should (by law) stay off forever. Congrats on losing the 20 and I hope you can refresh your motivation. Such a struggle......let us pray it is character building!

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  3. I am with you. 50 lbs for me, too! For me it is the sugar temptation....and mindless nibbling. So I am making a conscious effort to pay attention, avoid suger, pray for willpower and take lots of walks ( with the new puppy, of course)
    Kim

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  4. Oh Michele, I'm so glad you've surfaced. I check every now and then LOL. I too started a diet earlier this year, and agree wholeheartedly that A) life is too short to eat rubbishy prepackaged food when there are fresh ingredients everywhere B) Drinkies are essential to mental well being, especially in the country and C) my treadmill also frequently lies dormant but when we do get together,my ipod has to make up the threesome. I will continue reading the second post now. M :-)

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