I have often said that any “diet” I have tried has worked for me. I have been in on the low carb & high protein, high carb & low fat, slim fast, South Beach phases … just to name a few. I, however, hit that first plateau and quit out of frustration! It is the same point every time! It doesn’t help that my family does not get on board. The temptation is everywhere! I know, that is real life, right?
But, this past week, I found my motivation from a new source … the burning and pain of indigestion and acid reflux! I have vowed to never wake from a peaceful sleep again to the drowning fear as the liquidy acid rapidly seeps up my esophagus and into my windpipe, followed by the coughing which seems to go on for hours! And to do so, I had to commit to a weight loss program for life. Not just a diet for now! A change for life!
I tend to be an over-thinker! So, the first thing I did was prepare myself. I started by researching the triggers … which just so happens to be my favorite foods! I stocked my kitchen with healthy, bland alternatives! Then I started a journal. I chose to use fitday online. I like it because I can log my foods, chart my progress, journal what has triggered symptoms and it is all FREE!! But, one of the most important things I did was inform my family not that I wanted to lose weight but that I needed to lose weight and change my eating habits! I told them every dirty detail 🙂 This way, I felt they would be less likely to (unknowingly) sabotage my efforts. And, so far, it has worked!
It has been one week since I began this jouney. I have lost the first 5 of the 50 ish pounds I need to lose! WooHoo! I have found that I can be satisfied in the simple foods. I have kept myself in my calorie goal of 1200 to 1500 each day. It’s funny how foods aren’t so tempting when they end up causing you physical torment! haha! I have also added a little bit of exercise … walking, situps, pushups, stairs. I am saving my fave … the bendy, twisty yoga for when my symptoms subside comletely! I have not needed acid reflux meds or tums in several days and have only experienced slight discomfort occasionally. I imagine it will take my esophagus time to heal after what I have put it through! But, for now, it serves as my reminder to keep it on track!
I have also added another reminder … a paperclip weight loss chain. The idea is to add one paperclip per pound of weight loss as a visual clue of your success and a daily reminder to keep going! You can add a colorful paperclip as each 5th pound to help keep track. I got this idea from Me & Alli.
Here is my chain.
I have it on the side of my fridge. It is still short, but I was happy to already be able to add a colorful paperclip 🙂
My stats …
Starting weight 190 Current weight 185
My first goal is 160 (30 pounds) by my son’s wedding day … July 17th & July 24th
My final goal is 50 pounds.
And, if indigestion is not enough of a motivator, this should be …
My double chin!!