Friday, June 3, 2011

The Worst Four Letter Word: the D Word.

Let's talk about that dreaded thing that no woman likes to talk about.Let's just get it all out on the table.and talk about what is constantly on any woman's mind:
Diet AND Weight.
Yeah I said it.

About a month ago I went to the doctor where I got weighed, and when I did I looked at the nice nurse lady and said, " that right? Can we do this again?" She was very sweet and told me that yes the scale was correct and then sweetly asked if that number was higher than I expected. Well yes, nice-nurse-lady it was higher than I expected.Way higher.Like 20-freaking-pounds higher!

So I did what any normal woman would do when faced with the fact that she is currently 50 pounds over her goal weight. I went and had drinks with my best girlfriend. And then I went home and cried to my mister. 
Note to self: When coming home from a doctor's visit, try to tell your mister what is wrong before helplessly falling into his arms and then crying like a baby. He may assume that there is something seriously wrong with you. He may even assume that you were just given a death sentence by your doctor and if he really likes you this may make him very worried. Mine was very worried. I think he likes me. 

And after I wallowed for a respectable amount of time I decided to go on a diet. And I cut my calories down while not really changing my eating habits. I quickly lost 4 pounds but I felt like, well, I felt like crap. All the time. I was constantly hungry. I was cranky and moody. I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep. I couldn't concentrate on anything which made school very annoying which only added to my crankiness. One day, about a week in, I was at school and stood up only to get so dizzy that I almost had to sit back down in my seat. That day I knew this wasn't going to work so I started searching for a diet plan. 

Let's get one thing straight. I don't like diets. I don't think they work, I think they're unhealthy and unnatural. I grew up watching the women of my family try almost every diet on the planet. They would go on the diet and lose weight, then they would go off it and gain it all back. I didn't want that. I wanted something that was going to teach me healthy eating habits give me the tools to not only lose the extra weight I had on me now, but be able to easily maintain the loss once I got there. I also want to say that I don't think I am fat, I am one of the lucky women that gains weight in all the right places.You know, my curves just get more pronounced. This is one of the reasons I didn't think I had gained the amount of weight that I had. And I don't have any dreams of being stick thin, I just want to be healthy. Is that so much to ask?!?! 

So after some research, which may or may not have included watching an episode of Chelsea Lately.I decided to go with this diet:

 I actually bought the book on Kindle because it was cheaper, and then had it sent overnight to my house after reading about half of it in one night. What he says makes sense. All my meals are balanced between protein, fats and carbs and I eat every 3-4 hours.The entire diet is focused on changing my metabolism and focuses more on losing body fat then what my weight is. I've been doing this for two weeks now, and I just finished the ten-day jump start, where I didn't eat bread or dairy and had only high-quality meat and food. My energy has increased, my sugar cravings have almost completely gone away and I generally just feel better. I've also lost some weight. Oh, you want to know how much?

For the case of full disclousure when I went to the doctor I weighed 203 pounds. This was on May 4th. 

When I officially started the Body Confidence diet I weighed 199 pounds, that was on May 23rd. 
When I finally got my fat calipers (something every woman wants to buy) and could take my body fat measurement I weighed 196 pounds, and that was on May 26th. 

Here's my progress:
Week One (5/26):

Weight: 196
Body Fat %: 34%
Lean Body Mass: 129 lbs
Body Fat: 67 lbs
Body Part Measurements:
Neck: 14"
Waist: 40.5"
Hip: 46"
Thigh: 28" 

Week Two (6/2):  

Weight: 193 (- 3 lbs)
Body Fat %: 33% (- 1%)
Lean Body Mass: 130 lbs (+ 1 lb)
Body Fat: 63 lbs (- 4 lbs)
Body Part Measurements:
Neck: 14"
Waist: 38" (- 2.5")
Hip: 45" (- 1")
Thigh:  26" (- 2")
I'd say that's pretty good progress! So far I've lost 10 pounds total and that makes me very happy!

Tomorrow I'll post my progress pictures. 
Have a good night everyone!

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