up . . . I gave up again, temporarily. Several have dropped me notes on how the diet is going? Stress and chocolate won over, again. No, I am not totally giving up. I really want a lifestyle change. It was not a crash diet this time, but more of a sugar-free and a no chocolate diet. I am still looking at labels and trying to choose better foods, but I’ve still grabbed a
few handful of M & M’s and added extra sweetner in my coffee. It’s a struggle. I like food (a lot). I like cooking and baking. I like sweets. I love homemade bread – kneading it and seeing it rise – the smell of the aroma of it baking and filling hte house. And that hot loaf coming out of the oven and slicing it and slathering it with butter. Can food get much better than that?!?!?!
And then, there’s stress. I know I am an emotional eater. There’s two weddings and sick kids . . . teenagers and homeschooling . . . and chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge!
So, it’s seeing what can work again and moving forward. These weight loss tips are what I need to be reminded of, such as watching serving sizes (and not getting seconds) or not eating mindlessly while watching TV or working on the computer. I know I can lose weight fast. I lost 30 pounds in one month last year. But, it did not all stay off. Yet, sometimes, it helps with a jump start and seeing a difference more quickly. For me it can be a motivator to get going, lose some and then keep going. What a thrill it has been when I went to buy a pair of jeans and went for my normal size and they were too big and I went down two sizes! I am still squeezing into those jeans, but how I’d love to go down another two sizes!
The other thing I do know that helped in losing some weight was my blood pressure went down, and I’ve noticed in the last month or so, it’s crept back up some. Exercising for me is a great effort because it seems like I’ve got too many other busy things to do. I’ve got to make time for it. But the best part of it, is when I excercise and include my kids. They love going for a walk with me. I just bought a bicycle and they are all very anxious to go bike riding with me. Once I get going, it’s great.
It’s getting to that point of moving, eating better and thankfully, I can start over every day!