I know some of you have wonderfully slim silhouettes, but there must be a few of you watching those calories/carbs/fat/sugar/etc. I count myself as one of those counters. I took the holiday season off and paid for it with 8 not so glorious pounds. I've laid out a whole plan for weight loss, and with each 5-10 lb chunk of weight loss adding a new healthy habit I want to learn.
My first goal is to lose those 8 lbs I gained from Thanksgiving-New Years. The habits I've paired with that are a reduction of the diet (and especially non-diet) sodas I drink daily, as well as staying away from sweets. Instead of stocking sweet "treats" in the house, I've included only one sweet item - a bar of 80% dark chocolate for the week. The chocolate is SO rich, there is no way I'd ever gorge on that and it gives me the sweet fix I need to keep going. Since the Pantry Cleanout of 08', I don't keep more than a weeks worth of groceries around, so weeding out the sweets wasn't hard.
The sodas are almost gone now, I've reduced my 6 soda habit down to 1-3 depending on the day. Now we're down to the last 2 liter of diet coke. Once that's gone, I don't plan on buying anymore. You can't drink what's not there.
I've already chosen my "habits" for the rest of my weight loss journey, but I'll talk about those when I get there. Which, accordingly to my calculations, should be sometime in February!
I've also been food journaling - which, let me tell you, is AMAZING. Having to think back over my day and remember everything I ate, and then analyze what I could have done differently. I look for where I went wrong, or what I could have done differently. Did I go too long without eating and then gorge and overeat later? Was my lunch not filling enough? Do I need more protein? Did I have too much sugar or carbs? How did I feel? Etc. It's been a great tool to help me see what works and what doesn't.
For instance, I've found that cereal for breakfast doesn't work for me - I usually want more than one bowl and am not left feeling very full. I have found that oatmeal works great, leaves me full, and I don't feel as hungry later. But cereal works as a great afternoon snack that really curbs cravings. Tea and coffee also work well to help with cravings, I notice when I don't have any I usually end up overeating that day or trolling the cabinets looking for snacks.
This has been week one and I did lose my 2 lbs. So now I'm on to the second week. I'm kind of looking at this as a very long uphill battle, not a short sprint. No crash diets, low-carbin, drastic calorie reduction, or eliminating whole food groups. Just eating healthier, going more organic, and eliminating some bad habits and throwing in some good.
For those on the dieting journey, what are your methods?