Friday, February 17, 2012

Getting the Mindset

Current Weight: 192.0
Lost so far: 18.0
Pounds to go: 32.0

One of the biggest things for me that determines if a diet can be successful is how I feel about myself and my body. If I'm not comfortable in my own skin, dieting fails for me, 100%. But once I can say that I would like to be smaller but I'm good with how I look then it becomes so much easier to stick to it. I don't get defeated by the days that don't have progress whereas before I would think that one day that is off equates to failure. All those days really mean is that I have to be better at staying on track tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Food Choices: Red Pepper and Ham Salad

Current Weight: 193.2
Lost so far: 16.8
Pounds to go: 33.2

I will NOT eat something, no matter how healthy it's supposed to be for me, if it tastes like crap. I'm really picky about salads especially, because I don't like any kind of dressing. Occasionally I'll use a little squeezed lemon on my salad but usually they are dry. It's healthier but it's also really boring that way so if I can find toppings to spice it up with I'm so much more likely to actually eat it.

One of my favorite salads is Red Pepper and Ham. It's really fast and healthy but also tastes good. A little chopped up Red Pepper, chopped up ham (even lunch meat works), a little low fat cheese and lettuce or spinach. So good.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Better than I Thought

Current Weight: 194.6
Lost so far: 15.4
Pounds to go: 34.6

Well, once again it seems that my last weigh in of not-much-progress was just a water weight thing because today I'm down a couple of pounds which would otherwise just not be possible. I've passed the 15 pound mark.

Salads are definitely saving my butt on diets. As long as I can make them taste decent with ham or turkey, red peppers, a *little* cheese, whatever, I can eat them a lot. It's a big calorie saver that still satisfies hunger and cravings.

Tip: Miniature candy bars can fill a chocolate craving nicely without being too bad for the diet as long as you can make yourself stick to just one or two.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Current Weight: 196.6
Lost so far: 13.4
Pounds to go: 36.6

Still going down but slow. The Super Bowl parties don't really encourage very healthy eating but I did mostly stick to veggies and a little cheese so it wasn't too bad. Back on the horse in seriousness today, let's see how it goes.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Signs of Progress

Current Weight: 198.0
Lost so far: 12.0
Pounds to go: 38.0

Tip: Remember that losing weight is NOT the only sign of progress on your diet.

Well, today is not a weight loss progress today, still at 198.0. I did eat right and exercise yesterday though, so I'm hoping that it's water weight and I made progress I just don't see on the scale yet. Anyway, today is a day where I look for progress in other ways to keep me motivated. I measured myself and I've lost a couple inches from my hips, thighs and stomach and smaller amounts from my arms so I can see the progress there. Also, I went for a walk today and the exact same walk that used to just kill me on the uphill parts was almost easy today which means that some of that weight that didn't go away is at least converted from fat to muscle. Big yay for that!

So if you too are dieting, remember that not losing weight doesn't mean it's not working. It just might be progress in other areas.