I’m Going To Do it This Time

I am going to do it finally. I have been resisting for months because I’m tired of failing, but it’s time to try again. I can only hope for the best. What is it? A DIET! Dum dum dummmmmm. Sigh. I have quite a bit of weight to lose. A couple of years ago I was nearly at my goal weight. I was on a plan called “Lean for Life”. It was one of those lower carb ones. Not no carbs – low carbs and low fat. I was on it for nearly a year, and it worked well for me. Then the summer came and I started having mocha slushes and going to barbecues, and the weight came back. Not quickly, but once I allowed myself some treats I continued. I remember telling people how I was afraid I was going to gain all of the weight back when I was at 5 and 10 pounds up. So, on some level I think I sabotaged myself. I’ve tried to get back on the plan several times, and haven’t made it past a week or two.

This time I’m going to try Bob Green’s plan. He was just on Oprah. Normally I don’t rush out and try the newest diet or whatever, but I really like his premise. I went out and got his book, “The Best Life Diet” and he has a website dedicated to the plan. It’s about making changes gradually. It has three phases, and in the first one you don’t even change WHAT you eat, yet. You mainly focus on getting moving, drinking water, and not eating 2 hours before bed. It’s during the second and third phases that you begin restricting calories and certain foods. Even then he says that you can eventually add them back. You see, I think that it’s unrealistic to totally ban certain foods. As if I’m never going to have birthday cake, pizza, or hot dogs ever again. Give me a break. When I’m over for a playdate with my kids at someone’s house, and they offer lunch to us, what am I supposed to say/do when she serves Kraft Dinner and hotdogs? Obviously, moderation is the key.

I also love his approach to exercise. There are five levels. Zero is where you do not exercise at all and five is where it’s a major part of your life. Find which level you fit into now and just move up one level. He’s not asking you to exercise everyday right off the bat. This morning, I walked on my treadmill (yes, I have one that I’ve barely used – Adrian has been using it a lot lately) for 15 minutes. I’d like to work up to 30 minutes everyday, but I’m going to take it slow. On that note, I have to go to a foot doctor. I could have walked longer today, but my feet were killing me! I don’t think that’s normal. I already know that I have issues with fallen arches.

The last couple of nights I didn’t eat 2-3 hours before bed. Bob Greene says in the evening when you get that nagging “I could eat something” feeling, that’s when fat burning is taking place. I did not know that!

So, here we go. I want to have this weight issue of mine under control. I’m tired of worrying about it. This time I WILL succeed because I’m not concerned with how long it will take me. I’m doing it for me and my health. Wish me luck.

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About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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6 Responses to I’m Going To Do it This Time

  1. Jane says:

    I read about his book in O Magazine last month – it does sound very good but I think mainly thats because it is very similar to the Core plan at WW and also Dr Phils book…..Have you read Dr Phils weight book? I love it because it deals with the issues behind the weight – the reasons you gained weight in the first place…..and the things that prevent you losing weight for good……its good if you read it and really follow the ‘keys’….and his diet is very much the WW core plan too…..

    Good luck with your healthy lifestyle plans!!! You can do it! And we can nag you each day too lol! Oh sorry I meant SUPPORT you lol!

    You live the wrong side of Hwy 2 or I would make you come over and drag my butt out for a hike or run!

  2. Heather says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Bob Green’s book too. Have you read Bill Phillip’s book, “Body for Life”? It’s really good. He has a cookbook too that is “Eating for Life” and it has some awesome recipes. Healthy recipes that our whole family loves. I think the most important thing when dieting is to make small changes, enjoy the food you eat and be aware of what is going into your body.

  3. Debbie says:

    Jane – I have seen Dr. Phil’s book. I like, too, how he gets you to look at the root of the problem. I AM an emotional eater. Boredom, stress, whatever.

    Heather – I haven’t heard of “Body for Life” or the cookbook. I might look out for the cookbook at the library, though. I’m always interested in great recipes.

  4. Joy T. says:

    Way to go Debbie and good luck with the weight loss, it sounds like you’re really pumped to try something new.

  5. Debbie says:

    Thanks, Joy.

  6. Sirdar says:

    Awesome!! Hope you do well.

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