Tuesday May 8, 2007

      Now that I have a plan in place for reducing the grocery bill, how can I use that plan to reduce….. ME?  A couple of years ago Copper, Dani and I all did the Atkins diet thing.  We all lost quite a bit of weight.  I’m fairly certain that all diets work, if you stick with them.  The reason that we all did so well on the Atkins plan was because it fit our lifestyle.  We are meat eaters here.  Always have been, always will be.  Even though we were successful with Atkins, we had to give it up for financial reasons.  Those meat prices just kept going up and up.   I held my weight steady for well over a year, but these last few months the pounds have been creeping back.  I never was anywhere near my “ideal” weight, but I certainly don’t want to lose any more ground either.   

     I don’t want to open a debate here on weight loss, diet methods, etc.  I do know that I am overweight.  Ugly as the word is, I am obese.  I know there are women with health problems that make it impossible for them to lose weight, but I do not have any of those problems.  I am in good health, but I cannot expect my body to remain in good health if I do not take care of it.  Carrying around 80 – 100 extra pounds is not healthy.  My husband is a wonderful man, and he loves me as I am.  However, would it not be loving of me to lose weight to improve my appearance for him?  Even though I am in good health now and have plenty of stamina to get through my days, I know that my energy level and stamina would increase with a significant loss of weight.  God gave me one body for this lifetime, and I have not been a very good steward of that one body. 

     When I was thinking and pondering last week, it occurred to me that doing some meal planning was essential to losing some weight.  I can be quite happy with a nice, big green salad (with just a splash of dressing) for lunch.  I am happy to have a mid-afternoon snack of fresh fruit.  However, planning ahead for salads for lunch and fruits for snacks means that there will be plenty on hand.  Meal planning is also vital for another reason.  Planning meals in advance means that the meals we eat are, for the most part, well-balanced.  Even though I am hoping to lose some weight, I still plan to eat the same foods my family does.  However, I can be sure that there is plenty of salad or vegetables on the table so that I can take larger portions or any “seconds” from those rather than from the more calorie laden dishes.  Last night, for example, we had Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.  Though I would have loved more meat and potatoes, I had more brussel sprouts instead.

     I am not planning on losing weight quickly.  Quick weight loss is never successful long term.  It’s taken me about 15 years to put all of this weight on, and it’s not going to disappear overnight.  Of course, I hope it doesn’t take 15 years to lose!!  My plan is simple.  Portion control, combined with eating more fruits and vegetables at meal time as well as for the occasional snack.  Exercise, of course, is important.  A few years ago Copper’s Mom gave us her treadmill, and we have it now in our garage where Dani uses it from time to time.  I am looking over my daily routine now to find a time that I can devote regularly to using the treadmill.  I know that I will not be able to develop the habit of exercise if I do not have a specific time for it.  It looks like exercising in the evenings will be the best bet for me to have a regular exercise time.

     As I said before, there are many, many, many diets and most of them, I am sure, work well if the dieter just sticks to them.  I also know after many years and many different diets, that this is really the best plan for me.  I’m not going to post any sort of weight loss ticker on my blog, nor do I plan to report in on any sort of regular basis on my weight loss successes or failures.  I do plan to set goals for myself and I will let you know what my current goal is and when I attain it.  Barbara Curtis at Mommy Life has done a terrific job the last several months of losing weight and documenting the weight loss with some great insight and encouragement  Check it out!

     First goal – My friend Lisa has gifted me with some lovely clothes that she can no longer use (mostly because they are too big for her!!  Way to go, Lis!!!).  One thing she gave me is a GREAT off white twill skirt that I am itching to wear.  It zips, but it’s tight.  Goal one – to be able to wear that skirt!!!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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9 comments to Tuesday May 8, 2007

  • :sunny: Go Mom go! :sunny:

    Me ‘n’ Mrs. Gottschall (the lady that came up with the diet we did a few months back) need to have a serious sit down after this little one is born. :rolleyes: Especially with all of the fresh summer produce available!

  • Good for you! I hope you make each and every goal and will be cheering for you from you Texas. I have been working to lose weight for the past two years – it has been slow, but healthy. I haven’t given up anything I just eat smaller portions of everything and teeny portions of the junky things. šŸ˜†  I also walk three to four times a week to the store with my girls.  Best wishes!!

  • We have a treadmill??????:wha:

  • The treadmill, Dani, is that device upon which you walk without getting anywhere.  You know what I’m talking about…..everytime someone opens the big garage door while you are on it, you holler “shut the door, shut the door, I don’t want the neighbors to see me!”, you know, THAT treadmill????? šŸ˜‰

  • It’s called The Shredder! (that’s why she didn’t understand you Mom )

    Corin (who’s too far away to get socked at the moment )

  • I could have written your 2nd paragraph, Cheryl. It sounds like you have a very wise plan. I refuse to go on a “special diet” again. I lost 70 lbs a few years ago and gained it all back, plus the 10 extra. Why is it always 10?!! LOL I am determined to do it the right way this time! Eating less and exercising. We have a practically brand new exersaucer that hasn’t been used in years so thank you for the inspiration to get on it again!

  • Kelli – You go girl!!! :yes:

  • Cheryl, so many of us are in the same boat, including me. I need to lose 60 pounds to attain a weight I’m truly comfortable at. I eat smaller portions and more vegies/fruits but it doesn’t help when I *go off the wagon* so to speak. But, there’s always a new day to begin again. Thank you for the consistent encouragements shared on your blog – tis a pleasure to visit. Blessings…

  • LulasHardt – I know what you mean about going “off the wagon”.  I have already determined to not let those times discourage me.  They are going to happen.  I think the trick will be to not “go off the wagon” on my own, but rather to save it for those times that my husband (or children) want to offer me a special treat.