Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Facts

  • Since February 14, I have had some type of formal exercise 4 - 5 days per week, each week, for at LEAST 30 minutes. Most days I go to the gym. A few days I have walked 40 - 60 minutes at the park. At the gym, I usually do 45 minutes to an hour of cardio (elliptical and bike).
  • During this time, I have not lost a lot of weight. My pants are definitely looser, and my double chin has almost disappeared. But the numbers on the scale are staying around 305 - 310.
  • I counted calories and journaled for about 2 weeks, but have now slacked off.
  • I realize that I need a STRUCTURED eating plan. I need guidelines.
Yesterday, I binged.
(I really hate admitting that.)

It was not one of my "normal" binges of the past. I didn't sit and eat 10 Cadbury eggs in one sitting, I didn't stuff myself at one meal. It was sort of an all day thing. I ate way too much, and gave into cravings. I actually drove to Publix and spent money that I didn't have on a cupcake and some sushi. After I ate it, although it was good, I felt sick about it.

And something different happened. I actually prayed about it. I knew I had lost control, and I needed to know how I was going to get it back before I failed again.

The answer was clear... I need to find an eating plan and stick to it for a while.

Thankfully, exercise is becoming a habit. But if I have been exercising regularly for 5+ weeks and I am not seeing changes, eventually I am going to stop. I don't want to stop. I want to keep going.

I own almost every major diet book ever published. So I started looking through books and plans that "fit" with what I am looking for. When I successfully lost weight 2 years ago, it was mostly by eating clean, unprocessed foods, limiting sugar, and adding good fats to my diet. It wasn't a formal "plan", but sort of like a mixture of plans that a good friend helped me put together.

You know what they say... if something worked in the past, it only makes sense to try it again.

Starting tomorrow, I am going to follow the guidelines in the Abs Diet for Women. The "Power 12" are foods that they recommend eating daily.
  1. Almonds and Other Nuts
  2. Beans and Legumes
  3. Spinach and Other Green Vegetables
  4. Low or Non-Fat Dairy, Yogurt, Cheese, etc.
  5. Oatmeal
  6. Eggs
  7. Lean meat (turkey, chicken and fish)
  8. Peanut butter
  9. Olive Oil
  10. Whole-grain breads and cereals
  11. Whey protein powder
  12. Berries (Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)
All of these foods are foods I enjoy and find satisfying - so that absolutely raises my chances of sticking to the plan. Most, if not all, of these foods are already in my pantry. I also plan on limiting my sugar (sigh). I know that it's necessary. I am an addict.

I will eat 5-6 meals per day, no more than 4 hours apart. For the first week, I will journal, because I like numbers and they help me see what I am REALLY doing. I will limit my caffeine and alcohol (not really a problem). Oh, and I will drink lots of water!

Ok. That is officially my plan for eating. I will give it a month and see what happens. And I will keep hitting that gym 4 - 5 days per week for at least 30 - 40 minutes or more.

I have 4 full days until I go back to work, so it's a good time for me to get this started. My goal jeans are hanging up in my room where I can see them. I can still wear them by my birthday if I buckle down!