How many diets have we tried? My addiction to Dr. Pepper and Blue Bell ice cream seem to be my downfall.
We’re starting a new . . let’s call it a new eating plan.
A few weeks ago Vince told me that through work, he could sign up for some kind of group weight loss program. He would get a health coach, a set of scales that transmits wireless to the diet czar and there’s group activities where you have to discuss “stuff”. I wanted to do it too but no . . it was just for employees. Then he found out that if the spouse qualified . . like old and fat . . I could do it too so I’m doing it. Our group starts this coming Sunday. I’m pretty excited about it. I had to weigh myself on my fancy new scales (we each got our own scales!), and measure myself and I wasn’t too excited about those results but I did it and I’m ready to start.
From what I know so far, it isn’t about counting points or calories but we have to track everything we eat and I think our coach will help us figure out where we need to change what we’re eating and the amount we’re eating.
Vince had just brought home 5 or 6 bags of potato chips. I’m not a chip junkie but I will eat a few. I said “What are we going to do with all these chips?” He said “I guess for the next week, we’re going to eat like hell!” I’m not sure he’s starting out on the right track. 🙂
I started practicing yesterday. I had one Dr. Pepper and yes, I have a headache!
Exercise is going to be a problem for me. I am not going to drive to town to a health club. I have a hard time walking because my foot is still swollen and bothering me. I’m thinking I can find an exercise program on the TV or the computer.
My plan at this point is to eat healthier and smaller portions – cut out most of the Dr. Pepper and ice cream and see where it goes. Our plan lasts for 16 weeks which is through Christmas! I was thinking about my springerles. But, I have to make choices, right?
Wish us luck. Hopefully by the time 2017 rolls around, Vince and I will both have shed quite a few pounds. I have a number in my head but it’s probably a bit optimistic. You never know til you try!
Hey Judy…..Try Jessica Smith on You Tube for exercise videos. She has some that are in a chair or some pretty light yoga videos. She also does quite a nice variety such as weights, and a good walking workout.
Good luck. Dieting is EASY…I’ve done it often. Just kidding. I’m good for three days and then fall off the wagon and it rolls over me. Why is everything we love bad for us? But you will be more beautiful for Christmas so go for it.
Good luck! I lost 40 pounds with Weight Watchers a few years ago and kept it off for a couple of years. Then I had a stressful year at work…I have now regained almost 30 pounds. I went up 2 pant sizes over the summer. sigh. That didn’t reduce my stress any…
Judy- you absolutely can do it! And if you can walk at all it’s all you need. Dan and I watched our intake (ate anything we wanted, just had to decide if it was worth the extra effort to make up for it) and walked everyday last summer and between Memorial Day and Labor Da he lost 65lbs and I lost 35lbs. Went from a size 12 to a 6 in three months, and have kept it off.
Sherrill Pecere says
When I was ‘watching it’, I had a walking DVD by Leslie something I think. I really liked it and just did it in the house. It really helped and I DO need to get back to ‘watching it’ as I’ve regained all that I lost (plus some) a few years ago–60 lbs! 🙁 You can do it if you set your mind to it and it sounds like you already have!! Go Judy!!
I have lost 86 pounds in the last couple of years and my husband has lost more than 100 pounds. We started out by logging absolutely everything we ate, and then looking at how we could make healthier choices and substituting those choices for what we had been eating before. There is really nothing we don’t eat. If I want ice cream, I have a scoop of ice cream, but just a scoop, and not every day, maybe once every couple of weeks. And I adjust what I eat the rest of the day to offset it. We don’t eat fried foods much at all, but even a Kentucky Fried Chicken $5 box can be worked into our day once in a while. I’ve learned how to “skinny up” some of our old favorite recipes and we still have those, but we control the portions better. We do eat a lot more fish than we used to and I can’t say that I love it yet, but we make it a regular part of our meal plans. We go out to eat once in a while. Most restaurants have their menus online and we check them out before we go so we know ahead of time what to order to stay within our goal for that day. Once in a while we blow it, but then you just get back on track the next day. Having a few bad days is no reason to throw in the towel. You just get back at it again. You are such a planner and list maker, I’m sure that you can do this!! You will both feel so much better. I can’t exercise much because of some mobility problems, but I found a chair yoga CD and I do that. I also ride my bike when I can. You don’t have nearly as much weight to lose as I did, so be patient, forgive yourself when you slip up … and you will, and just keep trying. You CAN do this!!
Pam in KC says
Good luck with your plan. I agree, don’t call it a diet. I started my own journey 2 weeks ago. Started going to a gym (I live in town & I can get a partial rebate), bumped up my step goals on my fit bit (coupled with a challenge from my gym ) and I downloaded a program on my phone to track my walking. Also, I set goals for myself — both short term and long term. Meanwhile, I’m attempting to eat healthier – watching portions and what I eat – writing it down seems to help.
I must have missed you talking about your foot problems. Jo over at Jo’scountryjunction had foot problems also, and is still using a scooter. What happened to you?
And about that “new eating plan” – don’t call it a diet or you will gain pounds eventually. Every time I bring home a new low calorie food to try and lose weight, I end up ADDing it to my diet and not removing anything. Mental work has to take place also, I find. Good Luck!!
Dar in MO says
I’m in the group that says You can DO IT!! I have recently discovered the walking videos that Sherrill mentioned. They are by Leslie Sansone. I borrowed them from our library and they are pretty good considering you can do them at home and it’s not too strenuous for the beginning ones. I also use an old Janel Fonda tape called “Walk Out I and Walk Out II”. These got me going when I was determined to warlk 7,000 steps a day on my FitBit. I did eventually fall off the routine, but am trying to get back into the swing of it again. The music on this tape is very conducive to walking. Good luck. Wish I could get my DH to take an interest like Vince does about his health.