Weight Loss

As you may know, I’m on a diet. This morning I weighed 182 pounds, which means I lost 18 pounds so far. I’ve been on the diet for 53 days. That seems like a long time, and the weight is coming off slowly. But that’s alright, it’s just my impatiences talking, wanting to lose weight faster. But if I think about it, it took me years to get to 200 pounds so really, I’m doing pretty good. My daughter told me she noticed my weight loss in my face and I thought, “I don’t want to lose weight in my face! I want to lose the belly fat!” I have noticed that my pants are looser fitting than they have been which is good but, my belly still seems to stick out like it did. Using a flexible measuring tape I found that I’m two inches skinnier around the belly than when I started but it’s not really noticeable to the eye. Patience boy, patience.

Some days are harder than others. I really crave munchies sometimes. I used to snack on Doritos chips, crackers and peanut butter, raisins, and trail mix. Now I have a bowl of popcorn in the evenings to hold me over between dinner and breakfast. It’s not enough and I feel hungry going to bed but hunger is good. It means I’m taking in less calories than I burn so I’m losing weight. As long as I keep feeling hungry I know the diet is working. But some days, I feel like this:

Like I’m going really slowly, and the ride is bumpy. Oh well, I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s working.

I’ve pretty much stuck with the same program since I started. I have 3 hard boiled eggs for breakfast and tea with honey. I know the honey contains a lot of carbs but I’m not drinking my tea without it. I tried Stevia for a sweetener and it just wasn’t good. Tea is kind of bitter without some kind of sweetener so I just make adjustments to make up for the honey. Besides, I’m only getting 300 calories for breakfast so that’s pretty good. And eggs are high in protein which is what I want. Lunch consists of a protein shake. I started using Herbalife but switched to doTerra because it has less calories, carbs, and sugar. It also has less vitamins and minerals so I’m taking and extra vitamin pill later in the day. I add some kind of fruit to my shake every day. While trying to stick to lower carb fruit, I really like bananas. So I only used a half banana with each shake. Strawberries, peaches and blackberries are some other fruits with lower carbs. They all taste good and have lots of vitamins and minerals, so in they go. My shakes are always 300 calories or less. In the middle of the afternoon I’ll have a 1/4 cup of cashews for a snack.

The highlight of the diet is dinner where I actually eat real food! Most days I’ll have fish or chicken with some kind of mixed vegetables. Broccoli, corn, green beans, peas, carrots and the like. I’ve cut out almost all processed foods. It’s all very fattening with all the crap added. Some days I get sugar cravings. Refined sugar is really bad for you and acts just like a drug in your brain. I was eating ice cream, drinking pop, and having chocolate and other sweets regularly. I’ve actually had less of a problem quitting those things than I thought I would. I still want ice cream but I’m not actively craving it.

So that’s my diet. Living alone makes it easier to lose weight because I’m not having anyone bringing food I can’t eat into the house. I open the fridge and there isn’t anything in there I have to avoid. I also make more frequent trips to the grocery store, sometimes buying only what I need for the day. More than that and I might be tempted to binge. Staying busy also helps. I don’t notice the hunger pains as much when I’m actively doing something. Sitting around watching TV or reading is when I really notice how hungry I am.

I pulled out my exercise machine and set it up in the living room with the intent of exercising again but that hasn’t worked. I’m really lazy when it comes to that. I was actually thinking about hooking up with a fitness trainer to get in shape. I might do that yet. We have a YMCA in town and I may check them out. If you’re dieting, keep at it. You can do it. As unlikely as I thought it was for me to lose weight I’m happy to say that I’ve proved myself wrong. It’s happening!

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