Saturday, January 25, 2014

Guess What Day It Is??

So today is the day that we "officially" start over.  That basically means we all did our weigh in's this morning, we're meal planning again, and we're throwing out all the junk that has somehow found it's way back into our house.

I really couldn't be more ready to stop eating junk.  I can't tell you how crappy I feel because of all the processed junk I've been eating.  It truly makes a difference in my body.  I'm almost always tired, my back aches if I stand too long, my blood sugars are higher, I never have energy to do anything.  I feel sick a lot of the time with tummy cramps and pains and I feel like crap all the time.  I'm tired of it and I'm ready to move on to healthier and greener things.

We are trying to stay away from simple carbs and processed foods.  We're throwing out the soda and sugary crap we've been eating.  No more chips, candy, pastries, movie theater popcorn, dressings, sauces, or anything of that nature.  To be honest, I don't even think I've eaten a piece of real fruit in, at the very least, a month.  It's about time to change all that. 

We're also going to start working out again!  I've renewed my gym membership and I'm ready to get back to it.  I can't wait to feel the pain of building muscle again!  Today we are going to sit down and write out our meal plans and our workout routine so we know what we are going to be doing.  I do better when I plan ahead and know what to expect.  When I wing it is when I tend to fail.  Knowing that about myself is going to help me prevent failures.

The only thing that I'm having trouble deciding is whether or not to allow myself a "cheat" item (not a whole day, just one thing) once a week.  I used to think that it wasn't a good idea but then whenever I had a craving for frozen yogurt, or a candy bar, a donut, or whatever it might be, if I gave in and ate it then I would have so much guilt about it.  That would eventually lead me to binging.  Now I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to let myself splurge one day a week on one thing that isn't in my diet plan.  Like popcorn at the movies, or a donut, or whatever.  I don't know if this would be more harmful for me or if I should just try and avoid these foods altogether.  My worry is that if I tell myself I can't have these things than I'll just want them all the more.  It's really part of what happened to me before.  When I finally gave in and started eating those things then I just went crazy and ate it ALL.  I don't want to do that again.

What would your advice be?  To have a "cheat" item once a week or to avoid it at all cost?

So, I'm ready to get started.  I weighed in this morning at 291.2.  I almost cried when I saw that number, it's been so long since I've been there.  I'm excited to start going the other direction again.    


  1. I say allow yourself that one item each week. If you don't allow yourself that you will not stick with the diet. I actually eat pizza twice a week (one slice only at a time) and go out every Tuesday for Taco Tuesday, but only get two tacos. Doing this makes me feel like I'm not depriving myself. And I have lost over 100 pounds in a year and 4 months. I make sure to exercise 5 days a week and on the days I have my indulgent items I make sure my other meals are lighter. You can do this again. The hardest part is starting! I'll be rooting for you!

    1. That's a really great idea! I've really been thinking a lot about it and it seems like this idea might work for me. Part of my struggle is having to give up all that food at once. Eventually I would like to stay away from processed foods but I think for now, getting started, this option might work for me. Thanks for the advice!