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|Sat, 08-07-2010 - 4:33pm|
Week One has gone pretty well. Tomorrow I'll check my weight to see if there has been any loss but today I'm comfortably wearing some shorts that I think were too tight to button the last time I wore them so something is happening! I also have to remember that in the past it has taken 10 days to see results from dieting, and results from exercise take more like 6 weeks...so I won't get discouraged if there's not much change on the scale.
My strategy for Phase I is to eat better by way of portion control and food choices; drink 2L of water each day; and increase the intensity of my exercise. I was eating a lot of sweets--cookies, candy, ice cream, and eating mindlessly--like eating chips while reading and discovering that I'd eaten half the bag. I'm trying to avoid the junky sweets and to set out the amount of other snacks I will allow myself, then put the package away before eating. When I feel what may be hunger I first try drinking water to make the feeling go away! If that doesn't work then I proceed to real food. At this point I'm not denying myself foods between meals. I've been eating a lot of carrot sticks when I just feel like gnawing on something. I'm also trying to stay busy so I don't think about food or notice the early hunger pangs.
In the past I've had a real problem with sugar cravings getting the best of me. So far this week they haven't been bad. It helps that right now there is a variety of sweet fruits available so I've been eating lots of plums and melon etc, I'm sure that is satisfying some of the desire for sugar. Today I'm noticing the cravings more, and as it happens I'm feeling somewhat stressed today whereas the past week has been pretty relaxed. Reinforces my belief that the sugar craving is emotion based. Anyway I've resisted temptation all week. Tonight I will be having sweets (having dinner guests so serving dessert) but will try to be moderate about how much I eat.
I'm doing well on drinking all of the water, and the exercise part is going okay. On Wednesday I rode at HR 145 sustained for 30 mins (1.5 hr ride overall), Mon & Fri rode but not as hard. I need to add in some strength training on Tues & Thurs but I'm having a hard time remembering.
By the end of August I'll assess this strategy based on results. Next step would be strict portion control with counting calories, but for me that's not realistic for the long term, it would be just to lose the weight in time to get a dress for the wedding.
I'll post the numbers tomorrow.