There are millions of books out there on weight loss and diets. I had no idea where to start. First, I had to take a couple of days to think things out, as to what my game plan would be. I needed a little time to get out of this panic-attack I was in! I got a yellow pad and started scratching down some notes, and I chose to do the following:
Attitude: Attitude is everything! I thought attitude could be the most important factor in all this For, it was attitude that helped my to quit smoking 30 years before. A mix of attitude, discipline, patience, sacrifice...that's what I wanted in my game plan. If I could quit smoking, with the "mental toughness," it took to do it...I could lose 40 pounds...and I was ready to kick some butt...MY very big butt! First, I had to get rid of my cry-baby attitude and self-pity about meself...which is not like me! I knew, over the next several months, I was going to take a healthy dose of agony, and a lot of whining on my part!
.Patience: The next decision was to be patient from beginning to end. Losing all this weight was going to take time. There's NO magic dust here; no magic pill; no magic malt, etc. Now, that I had decided that patience was going to play a major role, I could settle down a little.
Aids: The thought of books, pills, snake-oil were thrown out the window! I decided to make my own rules, as I was not going to spend money on all this stuff. If my game plan would not work...THEN I would go out and get the help I needed to lose the weight. There are no books; doctors; malts that are going to help...unless the person WANTS to lose the weight! When I quit smoking, I did it because I WANTED to quit and I was ready to do it, and nothing was going to stop me.
Appearance: I'm not going to look like a slob any time soon! Looking good makes a person feel good; and keeps the self-esteem and confidence high. That's important to me! Some people don't care about appearance, but I do.
Moderation: Next, came the idea of mederation. During this time, I ate everything I ever ate...except less of it. I decided to cut all portions in HALF! Instead of eating two eggs forbreakfast...only one. Instead of eating two slices of pizza...only one. Instead of eating the whole apple for a snack...cut it in half and save the other half for a rainy day, etc. Like my mother, I have a sweet tooth, and I love sweet things like cakes; candy; pies; pudding...and, all of this would have to be cut in half, too! By doing this, I would be able to maintain the quality of life I have always enjoyed, only I would now have HALF of what I enjoyed before. In other words, I would have my cake and eat it, too! (forget I said that!) By doing it this way, I would not go COMPLETELY crazy...just HALF crazy!
Water Diet: Several years ago, I heard about a water diet of some sort, but knew nothing about it. Usually parents will not let their kids eat candy or sweet things before a meal, or they won't eat their meal. Makes sense to me. So, I decided to try it. That is, drink a full glass of water before a meal and then I would eat less.
A pound a Week: The thought of losing 40 pounds was overwhelming to me, and I didn't like it. I decided to get rid of that thought, and I would focus on losing a pound a week, which sounded better to me than losing 40 pounds, etc. As you can see, I created my own rules and my own game plan. Since I'm not a rocket scientist, my math told me, that it would take about 40 weeks at a pound a week, or ten months to do the job. That's okay...it took me about 10 months to quit smoking...and losing this weight was every bit as important as quitting smoking, so I dug in for the long haul. I knew I was going to take the weight off...I just didn't know how long it would take.
From the time I implemented my game plan, everything I ate was cut in half, and by the end of the month, I had lost three pounds...YAHOO! I was making progress right away, and I was enthusiastic and I had to stay motivated. I thought my game plan was a good one, and each day, I couldn't wait to get on the bathroom scale, to see if there was any good news. Six weeks later, I dropped down under 200 pounds! I was on Cloud 9! I would give my game plan about 3 months, and if there was not much progress, then I would get in touch with all the snake-oil salespeople I could find, etc.
I think I have a big advantage over some people bacause:
1) Walking/jogging: I have been walking/jogging 10-15 miles a week since 1986. And, still, in the year 2007, jogging helps me to sweat out the good times and the poisions in my life...and stay fit. Jogging helps me to keep the stress out of my life; sleep better; create better; and solve problems better, etc. Because I was doing so good, I gave myself a little treat...my once a month Pig Out Day...and eat whatever I wanted! Everyone should give themselves a treat from time to time. During this occasion, I ate a Mexican dinner; Chinese meal or an Italian meal. But, the good times don't come without strings attached. I had to pay the price later, in the form of adding 5 miles to my jogging routine, and it all had to be done in one session, to burn out all the good times! (Boo-hoo!) It's called "sweat therapy)
2) Quit smoking: I had to use the discipline to quit smoking over 30 years ago, and now it would take discipline to get the weight off, etc. But, it took more than discipline. As mentioned earlier, it took sacrifice; determination; fight off temptation and peer-pressure and a lot of patience!