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"Progress is impossible without change, and those who can not change their minds can not change anything." George Bernard Shaw

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Monday, January 25, 2010 at 9:22 PM filed under Diet & Nutrition postings
I discovered this site last night while searching for a calorie counter. I was pleasantly surprised at all it had to offer and was soon involved in filling out my daily menu's so I could track my progress and stay on track.
My husband and I began our new routine last week.  We have been talking about doing something for a long time but both seemed content for it to remain just that; talk.  Finally after sucessfully quitting smoking, I decided it was time to make the effort because I feared that I would replace cigs with food and my weight would get so out of control that I would then feel it was impossible to lose.  I thought to myself how depressing it would be to begin working out, lose 30 pounds and discover that the 30 pound loss put me right where I am now.  I just didn't want to wait.
The first trip to the grocery store had my husband feeling a little unhappy. I began choosing healthy choice entree's while he stood sulking.  I would hold up a few choices and ask which he preferred, to which he shrugged and replied, 'whatever.'  So we started with just enough for a few nights.
He discovered with our first meal that it was not only tolerable but actually yummy; we have yet to find one that just couldn't be tolerated. 
Our second trip to the grocery store was a lot more fun for both of us and we realized that there really is a lot of delicious stuff to choose from. 
It's been a week and much to our own surprise we have remained committed. 
We chose to begin with these entree's because we felt we needed the most help with portion control.  Thankfully it really does only take a day or two to get your tummy shrinked up enough to be satisfied with smaller portions.
I have been having equate weight loss shakes for breakfast and lunch sometimes with a boiled egg or cottage cheese and fruit (dairy is my weakness) I have a yogurt for an afternoon snack, as much for probiotic value as anything and an entree for dinner with a glass of skim milk.  I have my calories down to under 1200 a day.  Most days just over 1000.
Hubby eats lean pockets for breakfast and lunch, a special K bar for an afternoon snack and an entree for dinner.  His caloric intake is a bit higher than mine.  He is doing fantastic and I am really proud of him because of the level of temptation for him.  He is an executive so morning conferences complete with fresh donuts is common.
We work together and have each found work to be the biggest challenge so far.  Listening to coworkers talk about ordering Dominos or KFC for lunch and smelling whatever is going inside those microwaves in the breakroom while we sit and much on fruit and cottage cheese with unsweetended tea has definitely been the most difficult. 
He is steadily  losing; 8 pounds in 6 days.  I am not.  I have only lost 3 pounds.  A few mornings have actually shown a small gain.
I feel frustrated but am holding on to the fact that I am already used to my new eating habits and enjoying the things I am allowed to have so I tell myself that the worst thing that can happen is that I develop a healthier lifestyle in general.
We both have about 25 pounds left to lose.  He keeps reminding me that men sometimes lose faster than women and that my BMI is already within range and that I am technically only about 10 pounds over weight to which I say, I don't care what some doctor says I am allowed to weigh and be healthy, I care about how I feel about myself and my energy level and being able to dress without trying everything on ten times only to decide that I own nothing flattering and I should just stay home and eat chocolate and watch Lifetime.
So I stay motivated by picturing myself wearing whatever I want and feeling like I look fine in whatever I throw on. 
I have been tempted a few times to try a weight loss product but I keep the urge at bay by
picturing myself having a heart attack and being viewed in my casket while still fat:-)
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