30 days later, barely 4lbs lighter.

standard May 26, 2009 6 responses

I did it. I stuck it out. Except I didn’t really.

Wait. Wait. Hear me out!

I did watch my diet and exercise for 30 days. It’s just that I didn’t exactly follow the prescribed plan for the full 30 days. I started out strong, and for two weeks I kept at it like a dog with a bone. I mean, I ate every single little thing that was on the menu plans and not a scrap more, and I did every single exercise routine I was assigned, and yes, even a little more. After two weeks I had lost three pounds, regained two, and I was going insane.

I’m very, very anal when it comes to dieting/lifestyle changing. Tell me what to do and I will do it to the letter, even if it kills me. But I like flexibility. Or rather I need flexibility, because my life is terribly unpredictable. If a friend calls me at the last minute to beg me to come have lunch with her it’s going to kill me that my carefully measured English Muffin and two tbsp of peanut butter with a side salad is waiting for me at home. And if my kids are out of control one morning and I can’t scramble my three egg whites and sprinkle them with cheese before running out the door I’m going to be pretty unhappy.

So after two weeks of making myself and my family miserable I realized that I needed to step back and reassess the situation. I can lose the weight and get back into shape if I follow a smart, healthy, flexible plan. Like, say, Weight Watchers, which fits perfectly into my need for flexibility and my craving for a plan that I can follow to the letter.

Two weeks ago I hauled out my Weight Watchers binder and journal, I calculated my daily points allotment, and I went grocery shopping for all the foods that I’d been missing. For the last two weeks I’ve been on track, eating well and exercising daily. I haven’t felt insane or trapped, and I know that I can do this for the long haul. Which is a good thing, because it’s taken me a month to lose just over 4lbs and I have another 11 or so to go.

I guess I can’t do anything for 30 days, but since I learned to listen to myself and do what’s right for me instead, I think can live with that.

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6 responses

  • More important that you do for life than to do for only 30 days.

    Good for you to listen to your body and your psyche and follow the path that works for you. Brava!

  • I can’t believe it’s been 30 days already!

  • You should get WW on your blog! They could give away memberships or something.

    I’m with Flowersbyfarha – is it really important that you eat carrots and look like a model or only cut back enough so that you’re healthy? I’m going with the latter.

    My hubby was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with type 2 diabetes and immediately lost 30 lbs and has been doing so well consistently that he is no longer technically diabetic. If you are as anal as he (which really frightens me because I’m the opposite), he’s over 6 ft tall and down to 63 carbs max/day – no pasta/rice/bread/potatoes – basically nothing white. Give that a shot. You get over your cravings in about 4 days, I found.

  • Wow! Can’t believe it’s been a month! Congratulations! I really need to get my butt in gear and eat better and exercise… The weight isn’t coming off on its own. 🙁

  • I was wondering how that was going – so it was not worth the money I’d say? I was wondering about it and thinking of trying it but your review – not so promising!

  • That is great! It is really hard when things are not very flexible and you have a family. I am doing weight watchers right now. I need to focus a bit better because I have been gaining and losing the same five pounds!

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