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Weight Loss Diet – Week 1

It’s the end of week 1 of my weight loss diet.  How did I do?  You’re about to find out!

I got off to a really, really rocky start when hubby wanted pizza for dinner on day one.  Argh!  But I am allowed one “cheat day” per week, so I figured I’d use it for dinner.  And I was really very good — I only had half the slices I normally would have, so I was (and still am) proud of myself.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t really hungry for most of the week.  I splurged on Friday and got some Greek yogurt for breakfast, added some sliced almonds and yum!  I wish I could eat it every day, but darn, the stuff is a little too expensive.  But I sure do plan on enjoying it weekly.

I did have a little run-in with hunger on Saturday, but an apple and a few almonds handled that nicely.

What About Exercise?

Yep, mobility challenged so I can’t say that I got anything in the way of exercise, but I did try to walk around the yard a bit more (and given that my yard is an acre, it’s something of a stroll).

It’s still really, really hot and humid, though, so it will be a little while before I can try to clear out the garden for the fall and winter — that will take me a couple-three weekends to do that, but it’s indeed exercise.

Broke out the resistance bands late in the week, but didn’t work with them enough to make a difference (as far as exercise goes).  I’ll do more this coming week.

What Are the Results?

I’m guessing you want to know how week 1 ended up for me, as far as my weight loss efforts, right?   Well then, here you go:

Waist: 38″

Hips: 50″

Not all that bad I’d say — 1″ off my waist and 1.5″ off my hips.  (And if you’re interested, 4 lbs gone.)  Granted, at least half was water weight, but better off my body than on it!

No, it’s not anything stunning or jaw-dropping, but considering I didn’t exercise nor was I hungry (expect for a couple of hours one day) and I got to eat pizza for dinner one night…I think I did OK.

The whole point is to change my way of living, not to live the rest of my life eating sprouts and drinking water in periodic dieting frenzies.

Plans for the Coming Week

I was going to “tighten up” my food intake this week, but since it’s my birthday week (which means dinner out, some cake, etc.), I think I’ll try to concentrate more on trying to exercise instead.

You know, one thing about this diet is that I have become more of a label-reader than previously.  I mean, I always knew to avoid HFCS and trans-fats, but now I’m looking at other things, like how much soy is in processed foods — which is, if you’ll read the ebook, really bad for anyone who wants to lose weight around your belly!  Between soybean oil and soy isolates, there’s a whole lot of foods that I plan to avoid.

Oh, and trying to see if I can find some coconut oil this week — great for promoting fat loss.  The problem is that the local grocery stores don’t carry it, so I have to go on a hunt for some health food stores.  If not…there’s always the internet!

Still time to join me, if you like — click for the diet plan I am using.

See you again next week!

Weight Loss — Starting Day

Today is my weight loss starting day.  It’s where I start eating healthier and do what exercise I can (I am somewhat mobility-challenged).

It’s the day I start my last weight loss plan that I’ll ever need, and finally get to the weight I want.

How Long (Has This Been Going On)?

I’ve been overweight about half of my adult life.  I’ve been obese about half that time.  So it’s not like I’ve put all this on overnight.

I did lose around 70 pounds, about a year and a half ago.  Unfortunately, some (by not nearly all, thank goodness) has found its way back to me.  So I’m at the point now where I still need to lose 100 pounds, give or take a few.

So, I know it’s not going to come falling off all at once.  It’ll likely take me at least a year, if not more, to lose all this.  But better that it take a year to take it all off, rather than a year later be where I am now…or worse!

So, if you’re going to follow me along, you’re looking at at least 52 blog posts.  :)  But know one thing — if I can do this, you probably can too.

While I might talk about losing weight more than once a week, I won’t post weight or measurement more than once a week.  Why not?  Because my weight can fluctuate day to day, and the truest measure is to follow a weekly trend.

Tools of the Trade

I’m starting off with my trusty balance ball and a few weight/resistance items.  I have a few resistance bands, as well as some hand weights.  Other than that, no other exercise equipment.  And no gym membership, either.

OK, I really do have a couple of DVDs that I plan to get out and dust off — Fat to Firm Fitness Ball for Dummies and Funcercise Resistance Band workout.  Don’t know that I’ll actually be able to get my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs; we’ll see how that goes, once I’ve dropped some weight, if my arthritis will let me.

What’s for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner?

I’m following the eating plan in the Truth About Abs program.  Why?  Well, it’s healthy for one.  Two, it’s something I think I can stay on long-term (i.e. for life).  Three, it just makes sense.  No cutting out any food group, no strange foods, no extra supplements needed.

Oh yeah, and one cheat day per week.  That appeals to me, as you might imagine.

I’m not going to follow the exercise portion of the program just yet — but surprisingly, my balance ball and hand weights are recommended tools.  That’s why I am dusting off the DVDs, and will look closer at the exercises in the program later, once I can see how my body reacts.  (But I really got the program for the diet part — to me, the workout routines are excellent extras, but it might be awhile before I focus on them.)

Ready?  Set?  Measurement Time!

Yep, time to face the music with my measurements.  Remember, no pounds for the first couple of weeks, as the first couple of weeks on a diet are kind of misleading — drop a lot of weight at first, then level off.  But my hip and waist measurements will be here for the world to see once a week.

September 12, 2010 Measurements (starting day)

Waist:  39″

Hips:  51.5″

Yikes!  Both of these were worse than I thought.

No, no photos yet.  I have some, I just want to look a little trimmer (courtesy of the diet and balance ball exercises) before I start showing the “before” and “during”.  The vanity in me, I suppose.

Catch up with you again next week!