Overcoming Obesity

Monday, January 18, 2010

Week 2 results

I've lost 10 pounds! Yippee!!! Okay, two weeks in and I am down 10 pounds, it is nothing noticeable but I feel better. I have more energy and am actually exercising on a regular basis. I've heard that it takes 21 days to develop a habit, I'm in 14 so we will test that theory next week.

This last week was very successful, I worked out 5 days and ate 1200-1500 calories a day, there was one day I ate 1620 but I am still considering that day a success. I have tried a few new recipe's that I enjoyed and look forward to trying a few new foods this week as well.

I did increase a protein in the AM a little. I bought a soy protein mix that I started adding to my morning fruit smoothie. To avoid getting bored, I also bought a box of Special K Cereal, Vanilla Almond... oh man, it is GREAT! I really loved it. I have to admit, measuring cereal looks much different than just pouring cereal in the bowl. Yikes, I can see how easy it is for a 120 calories bowl of cereal to turn into 360 calories without you even realizing it. Measuring is the key.

One of my goals last week was to exercise at home in addition to the gym. I didn't do so hot here... twice I jump roped for a few minutes (please someone just say, OMG!!!!! Very physical activity) but that was it. I am going to carry that goal into this week.

I've also decided I better just work on one goal at a time. Last week, I set about three goals: increase protein in the AM, exercise in evening and no eating after 8 PM. The 8 PM was not an easy task... I find myself wanting to eat late at night. I only gave in three times last week.... each time, I choose a healthy snack. This is going to be a constant challenge for me. Evenings have been my time with food. My personal and most private and intimate moments with food were after 11pm. That is when I was really able to binge or eat what I wanted with no one looking over my shoulder.

Tomorrow will be 14 days without a cigarette. The first week was pretty easy but this last week, oh boy, I've thought a lot about smoking. For those non-smokers out there, I know this is hard for you to understand. But once you begin, it is so hard to quit. I literally saw someone smoking yesterday and my mouth salivated. I know it sounds crazy, I know it sounds like I was sitting in front of a decadent chocolate cake but no, it was just watching someone smoke.... I WANTED it, boy oh boy did I want a cigarette. I thought about going and buying a pack but then, out of no where these strong powerful words came out of my mouth "I WANT to be healthy, I WANT to be healthy." Oh my goodness, was that me? What??? Wait... it's true, I do WANT to be healthy. Giving in or being to comfortable right now is not an option. My healthy and well being are on the line. Every time I felt that feeling, the desire of a cigarette, I just reminded myself: I want to be healthy, I want to be healthy... my little mini mantra!

So like I said... only one goal a week. This week, my goal is to also get some exercise done in the evening. I want to do something the family can do together, something fun. I am not sure what it will be yet but I will keep you posted. If you have any ideas of what the family can do together, let me know. Maybe go on a walk, play in the park or something. It is still cold outside so I will have to take that into consideration.

As always, I will continue to take it one meal at a time, a day at a time. To Health & Well being!


  1. Wow - I am even more impressed that you've stopped smoking while going on this diet! That has to make it twice as hard - which is going to make it twice as rewarding when you reach both of your goals! Hang in there Stephanie! You can DO this! Jean

  2. I agree, KUDOS to you quitting smoking too! You've got a double challenge, but oh, how you are improving your health!! Stay Strong! :)