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Losing weight one bite at a time

Posted May 15 2009 12:32am
Now that I've lost 30 pounds I cant tell you how many people have asked me how I did it. And for all the people that asked I would say 98% of them showed visible disappointment on their faces when I told them I'm counting calories. When I see their disappointment I hasten to add, "But that's all I'm doing. I ha vent started exercising yet."

Why do I feel like I have to make this sound simple to everyone? Dieting is hard work and there's nothing simple about it! I know people want me to tell then Im taking a magic pill and they can get a hundred of them for the low price of $9.99! But that isn't how this weigh is coming off.

I'm losing weight one bite at a time. As a stay at home mom the food is always as close as the kitchen. That makes it doubly hard. If it ever quits raining I'm going to begin walking but I'm not stupid enough to start something to start a new thing in the rain and then quit. That will set me up for failure. It would be the same as starting a diet the week of Christmas. It just isn't going to work.

So I continue to count every bite and I continue to prowl my kitchen in search of something good and lo cal. When you count fat grams or carbs or protein grams there's always something to eat that has zero of the stuff you don't want in it. When you count calories there's no such luck; almost every tiny thing you put in your mouth has to count. I rely on coffee, tea and sugar free jello.

I bought a South Beach Diet box of chicken tortillas that you put together yourself. It has two tiny whole wheat tortillas in it, a tiny bag of chicken chunks the size of the tip of your finger, a bag with about a tablespoon of ginger dressing in it and about 2 Tablespoons of crunchy chow mien type noodles. There wasn't a lot to it.

I discovered though that I could eat one of those tiny tortillas with half of the ingredients from each bag and come out with about 105 calories. So that's what I've been doing the last two days for a snack and for a snack its pretty good. It's amazing how we change our ideas about food when we actually decide to eat healthy and take off the pounds.

I haven't given up all sweets though. Many evenings I have a quarter of a cup of ice cream. It tastes wonderful because I don't have any other sugar in my body so I can taste all the individual flavors of the ice cream. I buy intense flavors for this reason.

This journey to thinness and wellness is not easy, but it can be done! It takes determination and lots of dedication but it will pay off in the end. Think of summer around the corner whenever you want to eat something you shouldn't! Think how much better you are going to feel in the heat when you have lost weight. it's all going to be so worth it!
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