Time to Get Down To Business

In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and cahins.  Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. 
~Stephen Phillips

So part of our decision I blogged about two days ago was to lose the weight I need to be where I want to be. While I’m (barely) within Navy standards, I still want to lose 35 pounds. That’s where I feel most comfortable and where I look the best. I’m not too skinny and I’m generally a perfect size 6 when I’m there. At 5’5″ I think a size 6 isn’t too skinny. If I lose another 5-10 pounds beyond that, I do start looking too skinny for my liking.

I’ve only been on a “diet” once. I did quite well with it, but I do have to admit that half the weight I lost was because my dad died and, well… I just forgot to eat for about two weeks. I counted calories religiously and worked out at least an hour a day, five to six times a week. I think this is the best thing to do ever. It’s basic calorie in vs calorie out.

However, counting calories gets really tough/monotonous sometimes. And while my stomach was getting used to NOT getting the sweets and stuff… I was hungry all the time and I don’t like that feeling.

So I’m trying a diet (my first “diet” that wasn’t just calorie counting) that my friend Megan Dub-Yuh is doing very well with. It’s called the Dukan Diet and it’s apparently popular in Europe and is rumored to be what Kate Middleton–excuse me, the Duchess of Cambridge–used to slim down before her wedding. Not that I care what she did because I don’t follow that stuff.

But this diet is about eating protein so you don’t lose muscle. It’s not like the Atkin’s diet because it advocates LOW FAT/FAT FREE proteins. The first five to seven days is the most restrictive but then you can add in vegetables and once you hit your goal weight, I like that it allows you to slowly start adding in everything else– fruits, starchy vegetables, breads and sweets– until you can eat anything you want (in moderation of course) for the rest of your life because you’ll have learned the value of eating the stuff that is best for you. The one caveat is that you are supposed to have one “protein only” day each week for the rest of your life. Other than that, you aren’t “dieting” then.

Of course, you are supposed to still work out (though they only say to walk briskly for 20-30 minutes a day) so it’s not just a “no work” thing.

We’ll see how it works. Because I want to lose 35 pounds, according to the website, I should reach my goal around October 24th. That’s two pounds a week, which is within the recommended guidelines by most doctors for safe and effective weight loss. You can find out how I’m doing by the ticker on the right column under all the blog lists.

If anyone is truly interested in this journey and want to know how it goes (not just overall but loves/hates/good/bad stuff that is more frequent), let me know and I’ll add a tab at the top for my weight loss journey and put it there.

I will say… OMG am I going to miss my fruits and breads and carbs!


5 thoughts on “Time to Get Down To Business

  1. I think a size 6 is perfect for 5’5″. I’m glad you have very realistic goals here. Best of luck with the diet!

  2. I’m 5’5, too 🙂 I gained almost 20 pounds after I lost my teaching position…and lost 10 of it this Spring. I’m a very emotional eater but I’d love to learn more about your progress & the diet itself. Keep us posted & GOOD LUCK!

  3. I don’t know if I could do that. With the little ones they have to have the fruits and veggies and if they are here, I will eat them…

  4. Good luck! I lost about 30 pounds while my husband was deployed this past year… and gained about 9 back after he came home. For me, it’s all about sticking to a routine and incorporating exercise. I usually eat the same thing every day for breakfast & lunch so that I can get tabs on calories. I eat whatever the family eats for dinner and try to keep my favorite fruits around to snack on after the kids go to bed. I do situps and squats throughout the day – whenever I get 5 minutes of free time…
    You can do it & your attitude about being healthy as your objective is right-on!

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