Category Archives: The Plan of Attack

An Update Almost A Year To The Date Later

Here I am, still on this weight-loss journey. I’ve come to the realization that it’ll never be over. I’m the type of person that can’t eat until she’s full. I have to count calories. I have to weigh and measure to ensure I’m eating correct portions.

And I’m okay with that.

And I’m not okay with that.

Going out to eat with friends and family can be hard, especially as food is a source of entertainment. People can’t understand why I’d want to go out to a restaurant or bar simply to hang out.

“Order mozzarella sticks. That’s not a lot of food.”

“At least get a salad.”

“One beer won’t kill you.”

Who knew peer pressure didn’t end after high school? πŸ™‚

Then, there’s the boredom. Mushrooms and salad again? A protein shake again? I’d think, “Let’s go out to eat tonight instead. I’m craving a cheeseburger.” Once my husband and I would get to the restaurant, I’d convince myself of the following: “Since I’m having a cheeseburger, I’m going to put cheese on the fries, too.”

So I began eating a little off track here, a little off track here. And what happened? I gained. I used to be an 8-10, but I’ve gone up to a 12-14.

And here’s where the weight gain stops. Because, like I wanted to prove when I first began this blog, the third time’s the charm. I won’t gain 100 pounds again. I won’t.

I’ve been doing this journey for so long, I have the tools to get me through this setback. That’s all it is. A setback.

I’m going to try to blog twice a week to keep myself accountable. So, if you want to follow me through this journey to get back on track, thank you. It’s always nice to get help from friends. πŸ™‚

For the first few months, I won’t be weighing myself. I know the number is going to cause me to feel like even more of a failure. I can see the weight gain. I can feel it in my clothes. I don’t need a number to further drive in the truth.

Right now, it’s all about getting back on track.


Plan to Get Back on Track

So, here I am, practically a year later on my weight loss journey (not a year since this blog was started, but a year, nonetheless), and I am 53 pounds lighter. I think. Why do I say I think? Because my last weigh-in was on August 5th, when I hit that magical place I’ve aspired to reach since first starting out on my trek: Onederland.

Why am I scared to hop back on the scale? Because I binged last week. I fell off the wagon hard, hit a brick wall, tripped up…feel free to insert whatever well-meaning cliche here. And yesterday, I binged again.

So, it’s time to retreat and review. A week off plan is better than a month off plan, so before that bad week becomes a bad month, I’ve created a plan of attack to get back on track.

1. One Soda a Day–I did so well at the beginning, switching from Coke to Diet Coke, then dropping to one Diet Coke a day. And now I’m up to three Diet Dr. Pepper’s a day. The stress of a new job is not helping, but if I don’t practice self-control now, I won’t be successful later on in keeping off the weight.

2. One Piece of Chocolate a Day–Another bad habit that’s crept back into my life is replacing good calories for bad ones. I’ve started eating two candy bars a day again. But no longer. From here on out, it’s one piece of chocolate a day, so I must choose wisely.

3. Exercise According to Trainer’s Plan–I hired a cycling coach, but workouts aren’t effective if not completed, so I will follow his plan starting today.

4. Weigh Myself Every Friday–It takes a big person (no pun intended) to face the scale once a week. I won’t be afraid of criticism, especially when it “comes” from a machine that’s not sentient.

5. No Meat or Milk–When I followed the blood-type diet, I felt amazing. My cycling improved, my sleep improved, my outlook on life improved. Now that I’ve gone back to eating crap, I feel sluggish, and my face is beginning to break out again. So, rather than switch back to the blood-type diet cold turkey, I plan to implement change a little at a time. So that means no meat or daily products, save for mozzarella cheese.

And that’s it. It’s amazing. I know what to do, so why can’t I do it? Because I let the “monster” slip back into the dark, and when I can’t see it, I let it run amuck. But now, my “monster” is back in the light, and I’m attacking head-on.

How’s everyone else doing on your weight loss journey?

Updates on Weigh-Ins

So, how have I been doing, weight-wise? Two weeks ago, I gained. Two pounds. Not one of my proudest moments. When one of my Facebook friends gains weight, I tell that person it’s okay. Weight gain is a natural process of the journey. Take the gain and move on. Still, I felt really low that day. My only saving grace was that I didn’t binge like the old Dani would. I didn’t bathe in chocolate and ice cream, and I still cycled.

Which brings me to this past Friday’s weigh-in. I not only lost those two pounds, but another one as well. Can anyone say winning? πŸ™‚

It would have been so easy to throw in the towel. I’m at the point of the journey where I’m missing the comfort that food can bring. I know that after the food high comes the low. I know that a good exercise session can be even more comforting than a food binge. Old habits are hard to kill, and that’s what I’m working on: Killing those detrimental habits so this is the last time I lose a significant amount of weight. Who’s with me?

You Can Get Some Satisfaction

In an ideal world, being healthy is a good reason to hit the trails at the parkΒ  and pour the salad dressing on the side. For others, like me, a little motivation is needed. The Weight Watchers program awards stickers for every five pounds lost, and, with greater weight loss comes greater rewards, like key chain charms. As I’m following LIVESTRONG’s program (hey, it’s free), web badges are awarded for meeting certain goals, but there are no tangible rewards, so I’m going to get myself some satisfaction for meeting my weight loss goals.

I present to you the list of weight loss perks. You know, perks other than lower risk for heart attack, diabetes and high cholesterol numbers.

The List

229 pounds: Manicure and Pedicure

219 pounds: Haircut

209 pounds: $50 Avon Shopping Spree (Hi, my name’s Dani, and I’m an Avonholic.)

199 pounds: New Cycling Jersey

Once I enter Onderland, I’ll create a new perks list. For now, these are my goals. What will yours be?

Backing Off the Soda, or How I Plan to Be Good

As an aspiring screenwriter, I know the importance of outlines. For example, in order to have a scene payoff, that scene first needs to be set-up. The same is true for weight loss: If I want to see 150 pounds on the scale while I’m standing on it, I must plan out the steps to reach that number. In order to make my third try at weight loss a successful one, I plan to incorporate the following five fitness goals in my life, starting today.

1. Exercise at least 45 minutes a day, six days a week.

2. Cycle three days a week (includes Spinning classes).

3. Play tag with my daughter at North Central Park at least once a week.

4. Be able to do 100 consecutive push-ups by December 31, 2011.

5. Rest on Saturdays.

And don’t think I’ve forgotten about food. I’m the first to admit that I’m a foodie. I’ve let my taste buds run my life, but not after today. Today, I pledge to do the following:

1. Eat five fruits and/or vegetables a day.

2. Limit consumption of Coca-Cola to one can a day (so, so hard).

3. Substitute one protein shake for one meal.

4. Instead of chips, snack on yogurt (frozen counts).

5. Count every single calorie, even if I’ve gone over my limit.

I’m not dieting or drastically changing my life. I like Muscle Milk and Herbalife protein shakes, so it’s not a punishment to switch out a meal for one. And the weather in Laredo is perfect for going to the park on a winter’s day. See, I don’t want to be thin. For too long, being thin has served as my motivation to lose weight. I remember thinking, “I want to look good in this dress,” and “What if one day I can fit into a tankini?” I’m through with wanting to be thin, with chanting, “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” I just want to be healthy, and I need to start somewhere. These ten goals are the foundation for the rest of my life as a healthy girl.