Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Speaking of gaining 10 pounds...

I need to lose at LEAST that much. Probably around 20. Yes, that's more like it. I have been off-and-on dieting for the last few months but have found nothing that works... well, nothing that I can stick with for longer than a week. I lost all my baby weight by breastfeeding, then since January I have only lost 5 more pounds... which is pathetic... my New Year's resolution was to lose 30 pounds by June. Ha. Ha. Ha. I'm not sure why I set that goal to begin with... that is a lot of weight to lose in 6 months. Although I'm sure it can be done. My husband can think about losing weight and lose 5 pounds, all the while enjoying his bread and pasta and sugary snacks. I think women are just different... and I think it's a little unfair... we have all this water weight, these hormones, these mood swings... none of which are conducive to weight loss or maintaining a healthy lifestyle... if you ask me. (I'm sure others would disagree and tell me how lazy I am at this point.)

But anyway, all this is about to change. I am for REAL this time. And the reason I am blogging about it is because I feel like I will have accountability. I started a private blog back in January to document my weight loss journey - and I was a faithful writer for about 2 weeks - unfortunately there's just nothing fun about having NO ONE to hold you accountable and tell you that the box of Ding Dongs is doing NOTHING for your figure. I need that accountability.

Today marks the ONE MONTH countdown until my brother and Ashley get married. I want to at least feel better about myself by then... even if I am only a pound lighter. So I am determined to do so. Slowly but surely.

So here is what I am doing right now: The South Beach Diet, SuperCharged. After trying various weight loss methods, I have realized that:

a) I cannot sit around all day and count points
b) I cannot go a lifetime (or a day) without bread or potatoes
c) I cannot live on faux-chocolate shakes in a can.

So I believe this is the best option for me. Why? Because it allows for fast weight loss at the beginning of the diet (so that you see immediate results and want to KEEP up the good work) but it also allows you to eat a TON of stuff, even carbs and delicious desserts, and the 3 phases of the diet help you transition the plan into a healthy lifestyle... so that you know you will not be without bread forever. Phase 1, which I started yesterday, lasts 2 weeks and is the most challenging phase of the diet. It does not allow bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, starchy veggies, etc. Basically it's borderline miserable. But you CAN have Splenda, milk, and sugar-free snacks like jello and popsicles, which is something that Atkins doesn't really recommend. Milk is key, because I love skim milk and I really love chocolate milk, which I can have, thanks to sugar-free chocolate syrup, which is also allowed. Plus I gotta get my calcium. I have found that the recipes are especially delicious. Maybe I will end up getting the South Beach cookbook too, once I get in the groove. But the recipes in the regular South Beach Diet book are wonderful.

And as you all know, no diet will work without exercise. I love walking in the neighborhood with my jogger, but some days it is just too bloomin' hot. So we decided to invest in an elliptical. I have never been too fond of these machines at the gym, because the range of motion is a little odd to me. But I have gotten used to is since we've had it. I am starting off doing 15-20 minutes each morning and I will work my way up. (I'm out of shape people! No ugly comments, please!) I will also try to get in a walk in the neighborhood if the weather permits and will try even harder not to make excuses.

So each Monday or Tuesday I will be posting about my progress and hopefully the number of pounds I've shed. I will be brutally honest about the number of times I've cheated and the number of excuses I've made. I'm still a little nervous about posting this since I don't have a good track record with sticking to any sort of diet or weight loss program, but hopefully this will do nothing but help me get there. As for a long term goal... I would love to lose 20 pounds by next year at this same time. Now, that's a little more realistic, right? Slow and steady...

7 comments:

{Amanda} said...

Ohhh good for you Haley!

And you're lucky, I'm still holding on to my last 10 AND I'm nursing.... =(

Have you decided about gym vs treadmill or elliptical?

A said...

Go Haley go! Brilliant idea for blog accountability. My one bit of advice (and it may be built into the diet plan) is to have rewards for yourself... manicure after five pounds... pedicure after ten... massage after... you get the idea. Gotta have rewards for when you meet those goals!

Jamie B. said...

You go girl! I am always up for a walk/jog in the afternoons or early mornings! You were doing awesome this morning - pulling that wagon and Lucy!

Katie said...

Go girl! I don't think you have 20 lbs to lose, but we all have that magic number that we want to weigh... I'm with ya. I am trying to exercise more and be more health conscious. One website you might want to check out for inspiration is frenchwomendontgetfat.com it's cute and has interesting tidbits plus recipes. Anyway, good luck lady! You can do it!

We are BLESSED. said...

Amanda, we went with the elliptical... we actually talked some guy at Dick's into giving us his employee discount... (Chad's a salesman, what can I say?) so we got one for less than $500, which is great compared to what they used to run!) It's so much easier than having to pack Mary Ella up and go to the gym... I can get up while she is still sleeping and do my workout and be done with it!

Meredith said...

Good for you! I wish I could get some motivation! I'm miserable with the way I look and the way my clothes fit...but I haven't found the motivation to do anything about it yet. I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work, and pray that I get my butt in gear soon!

Leslie said...

Haley, you are gorgeous! See picture above. I would take A’s advice about the rewards, but make the goals super, super easy....like, I had a salad today for lunch…now, I’ll get that manicure…Salads for lunch and dinner equals a manicure AND a pedicure. I volunteer to join you on any reward outings, as if seeing my smiling face wasn’t motivation enough.

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