I know this knowledge will be of little consequence or importance to anyone but me, but I lost another 1.6 pounds in two days, to bring the total weight loss to-date (in my two weeks of "dieting" and surprisingly minimal exercising) to 8.6 pounds!!! I could not believe the scale this morning. I calibrated it, stepped on, and gasped. Then recalibrated and reweighed another six times, but the same numbers kept popping up! I know they say you shouldn't weigh yourself this often, but for some reason I am encouraged when I get to watch my body shrink by each little ounce. Plus, I'm impatient.
8.5 more pounds, and I will weigh less than I have in over two years. I know better than to expect this rate of change for the rest of my dieting, though... I didn't plan to have reached the 17 pounds-lost mark until March, but part of me really feels that I can make it happen faster. Maybe I've undershot my timeline. Who knows?
So what's the magic diet? Well, I read Jillian Michaels's book, Winning by Losing, because I am such a fan of The Biggest Loser, and pretty much adopted her suggestion of the nutrient ratios 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat for a balanced oxidizer, which apparently I am, according to the quiz in her book. That being said, I still have to count calories and study the nutritional label of everything I eat, and I still have to pick wise choices to achieve the 40-30-30 ratio. But for the first time in my life, no single nutrient group is off-limits!! (Yes, I'm speaking to YOU, Atkins diet).
Y'know... this diet is probably along the same concept as Weight Watchers, of which I was a member 100 pounds and maybe 10 years ago. I even remember being able to lose weight on that plan, but I resisted the counting system with my whole being. I suspect that the biggest difference between then and now is the advent of smartphones with internet access. I no longer have to lug around some stupid book with point values to tell me how good or bad something is... all I've gotta do is Google it on my phone! And with fitday.com, I don't even have to write down everything I eat. I simply type it in. Another thing less to lug around. Plus, I'm older, and I'm ready to take control of my life. I'm no longer some stupid slightly-overweight preteen who wants to hold on to the few extra pounds because she seeks a reason to hate the world.
I also find it hilarious that I've essentially combined the Special K and Subway diets. Eating Special K is awesome, because one of my resolutions is to eat breakfast rather than skip the meal to get a few more minutes of sleep, and it is low-calorie, low-fat! Subway is awesome, because one of my resolutions is to exercise more, and if I walk a specific route to the Subway on the other side of campus, I get 2 extra miles of walking, in addition to a smart lunch.
Well, now that I've wasted another 15 minutes of our time...
Posted on Thu, January 15, 2009
by Hannah Decker filed under