….and other ways I’m trying to loose weight.
I need to loose weight. What woman doesn’t? Even skinny girls feel like they need to loose weight (or so I’ve heard). I’m no skinny girl, so let’s just say I need to loose a lot of weight. Probably a good 50lbs to get to a good healthy weight. I’m a horrible dieter and exerciser (especially in the winter), but I think I’ve found something that might work for me.
Enter my sister and brother-in-law:
My sister is 4 years older than me, a mom of two pre-teen boys, and a pioneer woman who spins her own yarn, weaves on a loom, knits, quilts, cooks, and creates –anything.
My brother-in-law is a computer nerd, pioneer man who chops firewood to burn in their wood burning stove, and talks a lot. A. Lot.
Both of them went on the Atkins diet last year and lost 50-60lbs each. The Atkins diet in its most general sense is to eat no carbs all day until your 1 hour reward meal where you can essentially binge on whatever you want after eating a sensible protein and vegetable. The theory is that your insulin will be under control and you won’t crave carbs for that reward meal after a while. It is amazing how much weight they lost, how good they feel and how great they look. My sister has inspired me, My brother-in-law inspired Rick, and we’re ready to get on the healthy weight loss bandwagon!
Last September, we started the diet and the weight melted off of Rick immediately. He lost a pant size in a little over a month. It was awesome. For him. I on the other hand, lost 10lbs and put it back on over Christmas. I couldn’t get the reward meal controlled and ate so much crap during my hour that the weight never really left completely.
But now, I have a plan! I like to eat my reward meal for lunch. That leaves my dinner either non-existent because I’m not hungry later, or light because I can’t have any carbs. For my lunch, I crave apples and peanut butter. I could eat apples and peanut butter for every meal and probably be content. After I would finish my (LARGE) apple and peanut butter, I used to raid the cabinets and pantry for any and all chocolate, carbs, or treats I could find. Now, I have a plan – wait, I already said that. Let’s get to the plan, shall we?
I put everything that I’m planning to eat for my lunch reward meal on one plate. That’s it. That’s my plan.
I pile everything I can on that plate. After lunch, I’m not allowed to go raid the cupboards for anything else. If I want to eat it today, I must plan for it at the beginning of my meal.
It’s really worked for me. I can now control my reward meal so that it is no longer packed with so many calories. I’ve lost about 6 pounds in one month, so it seems to be working much better than last time. I’m very excited to stay on this path of weight loss and be a inspiration to someone else – like my sister is for me.
One day I’ll have an ‘after’ photo to show you.