I do not make resolutions each year, and I didn’t make any this year either. Still, I’ve stumbled onto some great podcasts and webinars thanks to Hay House, that have inspired me to live my life healthier. Coincidentally, a great friend also suggested I participate in their diet regimen. So I said yes. My goal is to participate in this special, restricted diet for about 4 to 6 weeks. That should get me to my goal weight or pretty close. After that I will begin a healthy lifestyle in the fashion of the information I have been receiving from the Hay House authors. I’m writing about my plans, because it will keep me accountable, because I know my only true motivator when it comes to my own health is accountability. So here goes. I will add to this blog each day instead of creating a new post. Once I finish this diet and move onto the other lifestyle changes, I will write Part 2. Thanks for bearing with me!
Day one started yesterday, and I should have started writing about it yesterday. Better late than never!. I weighed myself and I was happy to see I have lost 5 pounds since my last doctor’s appointment a couple of months ago. That wasn’t planned, but it was a nice kick off to my program. I will continue to weigh myself only once a week – same time each week, same time of day and same type of clothing. I created a daily checklist on peel and stick labels, printed off six weeks worth and stuck them each onto a separate page of a pocket notebook so that I can keep track of my intake, the times I eat and the amount of water I drink. I also set reminders on my phone as to when I am allowed to eat. I am keeping the details vague, because I know there will be several people who will disapprove of the method I am using during this 4-6 weeks, but it is a method from a licensed dietitian, so I know I am in good hands.
Day one wasn’t so bad. Just about the time I started getting hungry, it was almost time for my next meal. Drinking water helped tie me over until I could actually eat. I have had a bad habit of eating the candy everyone keeps in the office, and I found myself reaching for a Hershey kiss just out of habit. I put it back. I have to admit I was proud of myself for that. I rarely turn down chocolate!!
Day two has been a little harder. I’m getting quite hungry before my alarm goes off. Distractions have been welcomed, otherwise I probably would dwell on my hunger more than I need to. I keep eyeing the office candy – on two different desks to be exact. But I keep walking away. Then a coworker gave me a handful of Hershey kisses from some other source. I took them, walked over to one of the candy bowls and put them in with the stash. I know this is going to be a challenge, so I certainly don’t want to be week and cave in this early!! I also learned if I incorporate a little broth for salt around dinner time it may help me in the evening. So at at dinner time I had a hot cup of broth (as opposed to a hot cup of tea), and yes it tasted so good and really did help me feel satisfied. Another day completed successfully.
Day Three – At only 9:00 am, I was anxiously awaiting 9:30 when I could have my next “meal”. My last meal was at 6:45 am. I was hungry. The candy on my co-workers desks’ looks good, but I keep walking by. As my friend Tina said the day before (on an unrelated matter) – anyone can do anything for four weeks. Damn straight! I can do this! Only 30 more minutes until I can eat. Until then, water, water, water. Oh then lunch time approached. I had my meal, after which Tina stopped by. I walked with her to run some errands, which included stopping in the cafeteria for her to get food. Just walking into all the aromas I swear I could taste the food. Now I truly felt tested. To make matters worse, she bumped into an old friend and they started chatting. I was happy I have a smart phone to distract me. Instead of focusing on the food everywhere, I focused on cleaning up things I needed to on my phone. The distraction worked, and I made it out without caving in.
Days Four & Five – Ah the weekend. At first the weekend seemed easy. But it wasn’t. It is deserving of it’s own post. See here.