So in my previous post I shared that not only had I fallen off the wagon I felt like I had lost the wagon all together. I have had quite the morning. This post is going to be very blunt and straight forward. I hope it empowers someone else to be open/blunt to help themself.
Got on the scale this morning. I knew I'd gained weight. Recently I was walking on eggshells at work for fear that one of my darling students would ask me if I was pregnant. because in my opinion, I looked like it. Every last bit of weight I've gained ha been in my mid section.
So. I stepped on the scales. "200.0"!
I jumped off, removed my hair clip and peed and jumped back on. "199.6"
Ok, much better. I said to myself. I must do something! I must do it NOW!
I felt as though all I the hard work over the last 18 months was for nothing but apparently it was doing something because when I quit I gained 10 lbs.
I thought to myself yesterday that I can be thin one day. I really can.
So I called one of my very best friends who also has struggled with weight loss being successful for her. I'm talking we were on the phone before 8:00 AM! I shared all of this with her. We talked about her recent efforts and we decided to be accountability partners and see what we can do.
I share with her that two years ago when I lost 20 lbs just before we moved I got down to 171 and I remembered how I did it.... The Curves eating plan. When we lived in TN there were no gyms worth joining (based on cost vs. what they offered). So I joined Curves. Loved/Hated it. I loved the atmosphere and the support, hated the type of exercise as an athlete I'd always been used to a high intensity and at Curves I just couldn't get that. It did help but it just wasn't my thing. But 90% of Curves is about nutrition and the lady there who was sweet as could be was so helpful. I learned quite a bit. I stopped going to curves when my contract was up but continued the eating plan as I started taking Zumba classes 3 days a week at the local gym where you could pay per class without a membership. I loved it. I lost 20 lbs.
The weight came back on during the moving process and I've faught it ever since. So I was discussing this with my friend and she said "it's worth a try again for sure". I went to the kitchen an pulled the book out.
Guess what ? It's all about ratios (where do your calories come from? Fats? Proteins? Carbs?)
My most recent discussion with my doctor was in reference to decreasing my fat% in my calorie ratios and I got overwhelmed thinking about such a detail. I am a math person but struggled to determine how to adjust my diet to change my ratios.
The curves diet is full of great recipes and it give you your ratios and grams for each day and each recipe fits into a category that you can pull from for each meal/snack to get your ratios right. They teach you how to substitute to eat most anything but it can be as simple as pulling a recipe from each category for each meal each day.
My favorite recipe from Spring 2010? Quick Chicken Nachos. Brandon loved it too. He did curves with me. I have all of his calorie amounts and ratios written in. He lost weight too. So I'm thinking it worked before it will work again. So here it goes. I can't wait until tomorrow but I have a busy busy day so today it's all about portion control and avoiding sodas an sweets. Tomorrow I will hit the grocery and get this underway.
I think I'm back!
I do t have time to post the diet details this morning but I'll post them tonight or tomorrow. I've got 4 jewelry shows in the next four days (starting today) and today is the first band competition so life is a balancing act right now. Welcome to Fall!!!
I'm glad to be back!