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As of Monday, my official day to weigh-in for Weight Watchers, I am down four pounds from my starting weight!
I cannot begin to express the enjoy in seeing the scale move down for the first time in a long time.
As of writing this post, I have not heard from the weight management program about joining the gym, the personal trainer, or the nutritionist but I’m pleased with my own progress through the week.
One thing I think that’s helping a lot staying on track with WW this time, is being able to eat fruits and veggies without counting them. I do enjoy eating a piece of fruit when I’m craving something sweet. In many of the other diets I’ve gone on, and ultimately failed with, I’ve been restricted to a handful of approved foods and many times fruits are cut out of the plan all together.
WW is giving me freedom in picking things that I like and can eat. With some of the food allergies I have those other plans that rely heavily on tree nuts, mushrooms, and avocados, hampered the amount of recipes I could work from.
Personally, I’m not convinced that diets need to start out with these “resetting” phases because they typically don’t work for me, yet when I jumped in headlong I lost more weight.
Of course, I have upped the amount of exercise this week as well.
I haven’t posted anything here for a long time because there hasn’t been much to talk about in the area of weight loss. It’s the same ol’, same ol’ with me trying another diet and ended up not losing, getting frustrated, and then giving up.
Earlier this week I enrolled in a weight management program offered by my health insurance. I’m hoping this will help the stalled process of getting the pounds off. I’ve also been using Weight Watchers for over week. In the past, WW was the only plan I found results using, so I thought it would be worth going back on.
Since my last doctor’s visit on Wednesday and weighing-in at the gym yesterday, I dropped 2 pounds. It remains to be seen if that’s a fluke or real results. In the past, I have yo-yoed with losing 2 pounds only to regain said pounds in a few days.
I am, however, excited about the weight management program because I get to go back to a gym with a pool and have a personal trainer. I’ve never had one of those and I hope having a trainer will help me with not knowing what to do once I’m at the gym. I usually stick with the elliptical or treadmill. Some times weights and the plated machines.
As for the blog here, I’d like to share my journey by writing some reviews of foods and products, what’s working for me (or not), and anything else that I come across.
I haven’t been blogging for awhile. I have been frustrated at my lack of progress in the weight lost area.
While I’ve tried many diets and ended up gaining or not losing a pound, my clothing has started to change for the better. I’m fitting into a smaller size of pants and most of my old clothes are getting too big. I’m seeing progress in small areas like thighs.
The biggest things I’ve accomplished since my last blog post, were completing two different 5k races. I’m very proud to have finished them.
In addition, I decided to go get a medical check up and maybe to the root of my weight problems. I’m still working to find out if there’s a medical reason why I’d not losing. I’ve enrolled into a weight management program as well.
After a week on the DASH Diet and zero results in weight loss and after zero results in 2 weeks, I have decided to stop with diet plans and go with something that will make my life a little easier. Now, will that show results on the scale? I don’t know yet.
This week I’m going to stick with what I liked about the DASH Diet (mainly the hard boiled eggs and Canadian bacon for breakfast) but add a lot more other things I like from other diets and suggestions. I’m slowly reducing my gluten intake, which can be difficult once you start looking at foods and seeing how many things contain gluten. I’m also going dairy free, this is a lot easier since I’m lactose intolerant and the only things I’m giving up are cheese and yogurt… ok and maybe ice cream. But this will not be difficult.
The main focus for awhile is going to be exercise. In the past month, I have been progressively adding walking and weight lifting to my daily activities. Today was my last visit with the orthopedic doctor for my broken toe and now I can do whatever exercises I feel up to doing! YAY!
On Sunday, I visited a local park and found a great walking track and the high school’s football field next door also has a quarter mile track.
I don’t know if the activities will break through or if I’ll be still stuck by week’s end. Stay tuned.
As far as the DASH Diet for weight lost there’s not much to report for me. After over a week, I have not lost anything. Therefore, I have decided to stop Phase 1 of the plan and resume what I had been doing before. Actually, my eating plan before DASH wasn’t bad it just wasn’t getting the pounds off, which is what I wanted.
So now I’m faced with, yet again, another diet that didn’t work. And confused that I limit calories, increase exercise, and still nowhere.
I’m going to go back to cutting out processed foods, refined carbs, and sugar. Still eat fruits and vegetables with protein. And try to avoid as much gluten and dairy as possible.
On a brighter note, my Fitbit is increasing my interest in exercising and I’ve been making strides toward that as my toe is feeling much better.
The weekend was a little more difficult since I don’t have the routine as my work week. I did stick to better eating but on my Saturday weigh-in no pounds were lost despite the calorie deficit the diet was to create. I’m still confused.
I did a lot of walking on Friday and Saturday. And some weight training on Saturday as well. But I’m still not losing pounds. The only issue I have is PMS so I could be retaining water or something.
Not much changed in my diet for day 4. I’m still eating the basic stuff and feeling ok.
Saturday is my weigh-in day, so if I lose a lot I will stick with it. If not, then I’ll add back the fruits I’ve been missing so much.
Day three was slightly better because I started the day off with breakfast. After Day 2, I discovered that breakfast is the key to overcoming the hunger problem for the most part. The 2 deviled eggs and 2 slices of Canadian bacon kept me full well into the morning.
I do enjoy the morning deviled eggs and Canadian bacon, which could become a regular in the breakfast rotation after the I complete the Phase 1 portion of the plan.
For dinner, I made a taco salad with beef, seasoned organic black beans (Kroger brand), lots of lettuce, a tomato, and a sprinkling of cheese. This was filling and kept me going through the evening, even post workout and into the night.
I haven’t checked the scale yet, I’m planning to check on my regular weigh-in day of Saturday morning.
Ok here goes. Day 2 was a lot more difficult than the first day. Mainly I surmised because I missed breakfast. Yeah, I know, cardinal sin. I had a doctor’s appointment to check on my broken toe, so I thought skipping the morning meal would be fine. Big… no HUGE mistake.
From the morning onward I couldn’t get myself to stop feeling hungry. I drank my regular amount of water and tea. I had the same snacks and lunch as the day before but I just couldn’t shake the hunger. Finally, as I last ditch afford to stop my cravings, I bought some pre-made sugar-free gelatin. I downed two containers setting in my Jeep in the Kroger parking lot. I felt better and was able to get home to make dinner.
The sugar-free gelatin snacks are a “free” food in the DASH Diet. And while I understand their usefulness, I’m avoiding them for because they are processed foods. In the eating lifestyle I’m attempting to create for myself, items such as this are not what I want to consume. In fact, almost everything I’ve read about eating better strongly advises the elimination of processed and refined foods. I’m surprised by the inclusion of the sugar-free gelatin snacks but grateful I could have them to squelch the hunger.
The first day of the DASH Diet looked like this for me:
Breakfast — 2 hard boiled eggs (deviled: olive oil mayo & prepared mustard), 2 slices of Canadian bacon.
Mid-morning snack — 20 peanuts.
Lunch — Tuna salad (olive oil mayo, onions, chia seeds) 4 grape tomatoes, lettuce.
Mid-afternoon snack — 2 oz of hummus and baby carrots
Dinner — Bell pepper strips, onions, and roast beef (deli)
In addition, I had plenty of green tea throughout the day. 128 oz to be exact.
I did a little over a mile walk with my dog in fairly humid conditions.
And guess what? When I hoped on the scale this morning, I had gained a pound.