Starting A Diet Tuesday

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Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – eggs

Lunch- Red beans with sausage

Dinner- Hamburger, extra red beans, salad.

Snacks – none

I am a bit aggravated today. I ordered my bike online expecting to be able to pick it up yesterday since there are bikes of that brand in the store, but NO, the email they send me back tells me it can take up to 2 weeks. What? The stupid thing is IN THE STORE, but their online system stinks so bad, they can’t match an online order with a bike in the store where I requested pickup. Oh well.

Only 5 pounds to 200. The last time I weighed this amount I was 14, almost 28 years ago. I can’t wait to get below the big 2. ๐Ÿ˜€

How does one go about starting a successful diet? There are several things a person must do to make things easier to be successful.

1. Tell everyone. This forces you to keep focused.

2. Remove as much of the junk from the fridge and pantry as you can. I understand not everyone can do this if you have a spouse or kids, but if you can ask for their support by only having healthy in the house, then do it.

3. Scale – you must have a good digital scale for your daily weight reading.

4. Record – grab a notebook, excel spreadsheet or find a web site that lets you record daily weight and food information. I used Fitday.com. I record my weight and meal every day on this site. You can set up a free user account like I did. ย Whatever you choose to use, make sure you use it ever single day. Record your weight, food eater and calories.

I haven’t used it but some of my weight loss buddies swear by the livestrong phone application so I posted a link in the blog roll.

5. Calories. Of course you need to know how much you are eating and subtract until you lose weight. As stated I use fitday which has some caloric information, but I also use the site listed in the blog roll. Counting calories is KEY to weight loss.

6. Measuring cups, spoons and things like that. I don’t use a scale for my food but I do use measuring cups and spoons often. Maybe 3 months in you will be able to correctly guestimate, but not when you start. Having an accurate calorie count is very important. Probably MOST important.

7. See your doctor. I know, I know, some of us hate going to the old doc, but you need to see him to make sure you are healthy enough to start out and exercise. If he gives you the clear bill of health to proceed then do so.

8. Walking. It requires no money and can be done just about anywhere. You don’t need a fancy gym to lose weight. You can simply walk a mile a day (depending on health and current shape) and you will see results.

9. Positive attitude. This is hard to keep on those darn plateaus, but it is a must. You need to understand this is not easy but the end result will be worth the effort.

TIP OF THE DAY

What? That was 9 tips of the day for the price of 1. ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

Excitement Monday!

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Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast -Eggs

Lunch – Grapefruit

Dinner – Stewed chicken and salad

Took a nap and slept through lunch so I had a late afternoon grapefruit.

Why excitement Monday? Well, I pulled the trigger and bought a bike. I figure with my birthday coming up in a couple of weeks that I would get enough money from friends and family to pay for the bike. I didn’t get anything remotely fancy.

I’m sure bike enthusiasts would snort in derision but who cares. I think it looks good. I bought it online so I am not sure when ย I will get it. I definitely need to get a helmet too since I will be riding up on the levee with concrete on one side and grass on the other.

See! Walking never made me excited. This is definitely the right move to get me exercising again.

Here she is. It's a Huffy Savannah bike.

Tip Of The Day

Set realistic goals. Nothing could be worse than setting an impossible goal which ends up giving you an excuse to quit. One to two pounds a week is realistic for most people. Especially if you start with a really high weight.

You will probably lose more than that initially if you are counting calories and getting a little exercise.

I think I lost about 3 pounds a week the first month and then the weekly total declined. I still have a spurt from time to time where I lose more and I also have plateaus where I lose none. It balances out in the end.

Just make sure you set a realistic goal that doesn’t cause you to work too hard or stress out too much. On the other hand, you need to give yourself a goal that pushes you. Finding the happy medium can be difficult.

DISCLAIMER – DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO! ๐Ÿ˜€

Okay, I didn’t follow this tip. When I started on March 16, 2010, I set my goal of 100 pounds by the end of the year. So, sue me. ๐Ÿ˜€

I did know at the time I set that goal that it was insanely unrealistic but that is what I entered into the goal on the website fitday.com.

In November, it looked like there was no way I was going to meet the goal, then BOOM! I had a little stomach virus that really cleaned house and I got back on track to meet the goal.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010, I hit the 100 pound mark. BUT, that goal really wasn’t realistic. Setting something that large can cause people to quit. So don’t do it. Set smaller goals so you can pat yourself on the back as you reach them. Don’t set long term goals. That really wrecks my tip of taking it a day at a time.

Me = bad. I didn’t follow my own advice, but I might have been less stressed out in November and December had I not set that goal.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

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