Cliff said, a while back, that he'd like to lose weight. We've both put on the pounds in these past two years, but we haven't really gotten motivated to do anything about it. He asked about the Atkins diet (both of our kids have had success with it). I said, "You don't have to eat special food to lose weight; just eat small portions."
So, he started monitoring what he eats; so far he's lost thirty pounds. At first he didn't weigh: too disappointing, he said... you check the scales and find out you gained a pound overnight. Besides, I couldn't find the scales!
About two weeks into his diet, I noticed my clothes seemed looser, and my curiousity got the best of me. I hunted around until I finally found the scales, which I had stored away in my "junk room" upstairs (when I'm in the weight-gaining process, I never weigh myself. It's sort of a denial process... if you don't weigh, perhaps you won't gain?)
Lo and behold, I had lost twelve pounds, and hadn't even been trying! And by this time, Cliff had lost twenty. That gave me the motivation I needed, and now I've lost 19 pounds. He's lost over 30. We're digging out clothes we hadn't worn in years, and really feeling good about ourselves.
I had gotten into the habit of coming home and snacking all evening; but since I got Mandy, I started spending time playing games with her, and working on her training. And then there's Blue, my horse. I've ridden a lot this summer, which is good exercise, and keeps me away from food. And when there's plenty to do at work, my job involves constant walking, lifting, bending and pushing. So once I limit my intake, I lose weight pretty easily.
Whatever the reason, I'm enthusiastic now, and hoping to lose another fifteen or twenty pounds. Wish us both luck!
I know there's nothing more boring than someone else's diet, so there will be no more entries about weight loss until I get under 150 pounds. Haven't you noticed how people on a diet tend to sit around and tell you what they had for each meal? "All I had for dinner was.... " So I really try to keep my food selections to myself.