I hope everyone is feeling as great as I am right now because I am on a roll! I have been concentrating on drinking that water every day and it's been really helping to curb my appetite. It's also relieved my bloat. Go figure - you have to drink more water in order to get rid of water. I've also got a set of 5# hand weights next to the TV and every other day I've been hoisting those babies up in the air while I watch Oprah. (Not throughout the entire show...I'm not Hercules!) but enough to feel a burn and work out all the different muscles in my arms.
I also bit the bullet and bought some specialty foods to help me along this path. But I made sure it was food I'd buy always...not just while I'm losing weight. First on my list was Special K bars...which I adore and always ate for breakfast when I was teaching. I know that the gurus say we need to eat a big breakfast - and they're probably right. But I also know that One diet does not fit all! I am the type of person who likes something sweet with my coffee. Not always - but a lot of days. I still do my cheerios with blueberries and my oatmeal now and then - but most days I need something crunchy and sweet to start the day. It works for me.
Which is something I've thought a lot about the past 2 weeks. What works for me. Remember I said I was a fickle dieter? Well I am. And part of that is because I'm always trying to to take someone else's plan and make it fit my life. And frankly - there are a LOT of plans out there! And many contradict each other.
So I have been pondering lately....what fits my life - my routine - my likes & dislikes. In other words - what can I LIVE with the rest of my life? I know I can not live (happily) with never having something sweet with my coffee in the morning....on most days. So I bought the Special K bars along with some Kashi Go Lean cereal that looked good. (I'll let you know how it is tomorrow). I also got some rice cakes - because I need to crunch something in the late afternoon too. And I like rice cakes! I got a lot of fresh veggies to make my salads more interesting and I sauteed some chicken breast strips in a teaspoon of olive oil and some Uncle Doug's seasoning to toss into the salads. Right now I'm measuring and counting calories because I want to get a good feel for portion sizes and what's in what. Soon I'll be able to do it second nature. But I learned the hard way that eye balling something can be pretty deceiving. We tend to err on the side of more!
I also got some fit and lean yogurt and some Smart Balance "butter". Some apples and bananas found their way into my cart too. And you know what? I didn't break the bank! The rest of the stuff I bought was pretty normal. I just made wiser choices and checked labels. It felt like a normal shopping trip. Not like in the days I belonged to Weight Watchers and everything I bought was specially made for a dieter. That ended up costing me a fortune and when I lost the weight - I went right back to buying the regular stuff and well....we all know what happened next.
So I'm easing into this whole thing a day at a time. Little by little. It's always hard to do that because we want to see results NOW! But I thought about it. I read this great blog daily called The Elff Diet and last year (when I started reading) the author was advising this exact same thing. To tackle one struggle at a time. Incorporate one new habit a week. Well - I wanted to see something happen sooner than that! It seemed to easy her way... But now it's almost a year later and had I listened...had I done what she advised - well I'd be a LOT farther along than I am now! She, by the way has lost a LOT of weight - so I should've know better!
Anyhoo - lifestyle changes that we can live with. I can't say it enough!
Oh - and by the way - the pic is my lunch yesterday. It was yummy! (and the croutons are whole wheat...that crunch thing I was talking about...)