OK, enough is enough. I've been steadily gaining weight since I quit my job, and of course it gets worse at this time of year. I weighed this morning. ACK!!!! I'm as heavy as I've ever been, except toward the end of my first pregnancy.
I've been mentally preparing for this for some time. Every morning, right after I tell God, "Good morning," I thank Him for giving me the power to make right choices. Now it's time to start actually using that power, because the right things are always here to choose.
Cliff's been wanting to work on his weight too, so I guess we're in it together. I wrote both our starting weights on the calendar, as well as Cliff's blood pressure numbers, since that's a problem for him.
I know the things to do... all the little tricks, like writing down everything that goes in your mouth, and drinking lots of water. I have lots of low-fat, low-calorie recipes that we love. It's finding the motivation that's hard. When I was younger, I'd lose weight because I wanted to look better; that is no longer one of my reasons for losing weight. At sixty-one years old, nothing short of plastic surgery is going to make me a glamour-puss. I just want to feel better, maintain my health, and avoid buying a whole new wardrobe of jeans and sweats.
A few years back there was a marvelous free website called DietWatch where you could record everything you ate, and then a program on the site would tally calories and nutrients for you. You could even enter the ingredients of any favorite recipe and that recipe would be on record, with nutrients and calories per serving, from then on. The website is still there, but now it costs real money (or should I say plastic money). As does the Readers' Digest ChangeOne, and Weightwatchers. All of them are around $15 to $20 a month, and I hate to pay for something when I really do know what it takes to do it myself.
I happened to recall TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), and remembered hearing that they are non-profit; sure enough, they have many free helps on their website. They ask you to make a user-name and password, but there's NO cost.
Then I found an anazing site, Calorieking.com, that has calories for thousands of foods, including name brands and fast foods.
I'm editing to add another helpful site that's been around forever, but is always being improved: 3 Fat Chicks.
I have decided to cook one normal big meal on the weekend, because the family fellowship around that meal means a lot to me. Cliff and I will either fall off the wagon at that time, or we'll limit ourselves. I figure once a week, a big meal (within reason) won't kill a diet.
As I said, I know what works. I'm hoping that making it public in this way will keep me honest. If I fail, you, my readers, will be the first to know.
Of course, failure isn't final.
Oh, and a promise to my readers: I won't be going on and on about how little I've had to eat on a given day; that is SUCH a bore! I'll simply mention my progress, perhaps once a week. No more.