I’m just about 2 months into the dieting and it’s been down right slow – that’s for sure. But steady. No, up and down, but steadily the downs outweight the ups and I’m down about 8 pounds. I’m not making excuses. I’m changing my lifestyle and the changes are becoming permanent. I eat less during the day. I think when I order food out. Most of the time. In the past week I have learned that the Steak n Cheese pocket at D’Angelos is 14 points!!! The multigrain bagel at Dunkin Donuts is 10 points without cream cheese. Oh, and they gyro sandwich I had yesterday was 16 (!) points. So I’m not perfect, but I’m moving in the right direction. Slowly. I exercise in some form at least 5 days per week, but usually every day – even if it’s just a walk with the dog. But it’s been Zumba classes or DVD’s, the gym, or walking the bike path.
I’m still drinking alcohol, but I’m drinking less….well not this weekend – I had beer on Friday – but salsa danced all night, then had wine on Saturday night – about 4 glasses. And 2 small glasses of wine last night at dinner. Hey, it’s how I relax after a long and busy week. I don’t really drink during the week anymore and that’s a big change. I used to have cocktails or wine most nights of the week.
My clothes fit a lot better than what 8 pounds would do. I feel in my clothes that I’ve lost more than that, but I probably have built a little muscle from the gym and lost a little fat and am trimmer, but the weight hasn’t dropped like I expected. But 8 pounds is like 8 I didn’t gain, so that makes it really like 16 pounds, right:) And at this rate, which is a pound a week, that’s a total of 20 pounds by Christmas and 30 pounds by my March ski vacation.
So while it’s been slow, it’s been steady and I could do a lot better, but I could be doing a lot worse. This is a lifestyle change. It took me about 4 years to put this weight on, it will take a year to get it off. Which is what I told myself when I started this at age 50 – I decided that it didn’t matter if I stayed on WW for a year. I was going to lose 50 pounds by 51. And I’m well on my way!!!