Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Weight Loss Plan


Okay, I may be crazy for doing this, but I'm going to give it a shot. I haven't linked up yet and committed, as I wasn't successful with their link. :( But, will not give up.
First off Food:
I've really changed my eating habits. I've cut out soda's all together, even though I was only drinking diet soda's. I'm avoiding sweet snacks. Amazingly that has not been all that hard. I had joined Weight Watchers years ago and remember some of what I had learned and have initiated that along with some of what I had learned in my nutrition class.
I plan to dig out all the information from that class and instill what I had learned. I will then post a link to a place that is great to keep track of everything! It is an awesome tool. It helps you to realize what all you need to change. It even tracks "all" of your daily activities to show a more accurate calorie/fat burn! How awesome is that. Why did I not stick with it, because I was allowing myself to be too unorganized, stressed, and felt I didn't have the time. In other words, I wasn't committed enough. Pretty sad I know.
Now, I have to admit, I don't just have a little bit of weight to lose. I have a lot. I've been battling weight since age 23 after our second child was born. It's been a yo-yo affect for me. I've been down to where I should be many times. Health issues makes it harder now, as I'm not allowed to do any type of exercising except in the pool and on a bike. The bike I have, but...it messes my back up. I'm not giving up though. The pool, our budget is too tight right now. We have a lot of people we are trying to help and it's quickly depleting our funds. But all is good. I will find a way. Running after kids all day is helpful. :) I need to lose a minimum of 100 lbs. but would like to lose 110.
Water
This was always a problem with me, as I used to drink a lot of diet soda's. Now I've Incorporated sugar free flavorings for water. I drink at least 3-32 oz. bottles of it a day now. What a difference that alone has made.
Exercise
Well guess I covered that above. But...I do plan to move around more. I am too idle a lot of times due to loving blogging, and crafts. So...I plan to make it a habit to get up and do some activity for a specified amount of time no matter what it takes. Divide the day up between sitting and moving. I've been invited to join a group of women from the church at Gold's gym with one of their personal trainers. The only thing is, most of what they do, I can't do. I was going to join, but keep hearing it is a bad mistake. I don't need to be laid up again, or go through another surgery right now. If I change my mind, I'll let you know.
Challenges
Health issues and overcome late night snacking. I don't know what it is, but around 8:30 to 9 at night, I want something to eat. A light snack is okay, but I usually eat almost a meal like. Such as a soft shell taco or two. This is frustrating. The health issues consist of FMS (fibromyalgia), and RA (rheumatoid arthritis). I've already had surgery on one knee from the arthritis. This is when I was told no more walking, which I love to do the most. Both cause a lot of joint discomfort, plus I've dealt with lower back pain since the age of 9. I also have symptoms that a hypoglycemic person deals with. No one can figure out what is going on with me. I get to the point of shaking, sweating, cranky, then feel like I can't move and am going to pass out. When I get to the last two symptoms, I've let it go to far. Then I end up binge eating to make it go away. I think I've discovered the culprit though, and that is eating cereal for breakfast. Since cutting this out, I've been doing much better!!!
Success
I do not weigh myself anymore, as that gets me too depressed if I don't lose any. Plus, my nutrition instructor told us to throw away our scales. I've read this in other articles as well. The better weigh is to either measure yourself once a week, or just go by how your clothes fit. Well, so far I haven't brought myself to measure myself, but...I have a pair of pants that are too big to wear now. They won't stay up!!!! That in itself is so exciting.
My Plan for Next Week
I plan to stay on the right track with eating smaller portions of healthier foods. It's hard as it does cost a lot more. Oh, and I am staying away from fast food. That is my fast for this week for the Catalyst Service this year. For me this is a big step. I use it for convenience. No more. Today while out and about, I wanted so bad to stop and get a diet soda or a shake of all things. But I managed to say no! So that's my story & I'm sticking to it.
Weigh In
The fact that I've shed a pants size! I'm so excited. Others have been telling me I look like I've lost weight. I can't see it, but hopefully it's true.
Kate & Joy, thank you for coming up with this program. It's an excellent idea.

3 comments:

Jessica said...

Omah,
I am so excited for you for committing to lose the weight! I just read your post and realized we have another thing in common. we both suffer from Fibromyalgia. I know how hard it can be to exercise and stay active while living with this disease.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Hi Jessica!

Yes, FMS makes it very difficult at times to do anything. I'm lucky that I don't have it as bad as my little sister. She has it really bad. I wish on one had to deal with it. But hey, we can get through it and deal with it. I refuse to give into it completely. There are those days when you can not ignore it. ;)
I can see we will be a good support for one another!

~hon~ said...

I am with you on the exercise. Cody reminds me everyday but I don't do it. Well, I fail to. I should do it a lot now. My body needs it.

You are in my prayers. The blood of JESUS CHRIST cover you, my dear sister.

You will get everyday heads up in your email from now on. No more sweets! hehehe! I LOVE sweets! hehehe!

Always remember, STAY ON TRACK! hehehe! I'm glad to know you are losing weight. I am cheering you on, my friend!