Monday, April 16, 2018

The best time to start a #diet - part 2

Timing is everything - ain't no joke.
IMHO, I think Spring is a great time to set healthy eating plan goals because:
  • No major eating holidays
  • Warmer weather is on the way, so you'll want to bare more skin soon
  • Better temps also encourage outdoor activities
  • The produce section selection starts to improve - more good eats to pick from!
So try on your warm weather clothes - if they don't fit, don't throw a fit! It's time to get fit!

I did all of the above. As I came dangerously close to my weight limit (which is sadly similar to the Debt Ceiling--every time it's close, we raise it a little) Unlike the government, I decided to do something about it.

Phase 1: I started by setting actual hard limits on my snacking and substituted more natural choices.

Results: For the first week, this worked out well. Due to work, family problems, and baseball season, I was forced to make some schedule changes and fell off the wagon which proceeded to run me over a couple of times... Quick drive-thru dinners save lots of time, but are horrible for a good eating plan.

Overall, I lost two pounds. yeah.

I still consider myself in Phase 1 until I master it for three weeks (when it becomes a habit!) But I want to add a little more to it, so I'll call it Phase 1b.

Phase 1b: snack limit & natural choices, plus walk the dog at least once a week.

this is me BEFORE
Sounds easy enough - but with my time constraints, I have to make tough choices. My weight is the least of my problems - until I'm dead! Prevention is a necessary evil that most people don't make time for. But in reality, we're just set in our ways and want to eat and do what we like. Starting kids in a healthy eating pattern when they're young is important.

Unfortunately, the rebellious teenage years usually undoes all the good they learned. But that's another story...

Anyhoo, unless I think of a spectacular idea for a post, I'm going to keep updating you on my progress. Talking about it helps! If you want to join me, please feel free! Misery loves company! But don't expect any pictures - I'm not that brave and I don't have enough confidence in myself to see much of a difference... Argh! I guess losing my negative attitude might help!

Good luck to us!


  1. 2 lbs is 2 lbs. Better than a gain. I lost 46 lbs in 2013 and have kept nearly all of it off. Just a matter of watching what you eat. If you want a particular item, don't stint yourself, just don't have too much. I used to allow myself 2 Hershey's Kisses every day for instance and a small dessert at the weekend.

  2. I'm on board! We will baby step our way to success. And 2 pounds down is better than 2 pounds up!

  3. When my head and emotions agree, I can eat healthy and avoid carbs and prepared food. When the threat of actual pound or two falling out, some part of my brain kicks in and rationalized why it's OK to binge. Not nice.

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my Guest Post (Alex's site). It's good to meet you.


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