I have an incredible win to report! Today, my boss treated the office to pizza for lunch. I decided to pre-log it to figure out what I could eat. I ended up eating just one slice of Hawaiian pizza (delish!), 3 cups of caesar salad and a diet coke. I figured the salad would fill me up a bit more than the pizza even though calorie-wise, it's rather a wash. I was shocked I managed to stick to my plans! What helped was to eat VERY slowly, drinking many sips along the way so I finished at the same time as everyone else.
The one thing I didn't like - after the meal, our VP started talking about how piggish she felt because she had eaten 4 slices. She started asking everyone else how many they ate (in a joking way). I stayed quiet but she asked me directly and everyone was shocked when i admitted I only ate one. They teased me a bit and then asked if I was still hungry. Actually, at that point, I felt completely satisfied and said so - pointing out that I did eat a fair bit of salad. I'm not entirely happy as I really didn't want to make a big deal about my weight loss plans until some more time has passed so I can feel confident that it's sticking and that it's not just a phase.
Is it weird? I haven't even told my closest friends yet. All have successfully lost a lot of weight and kept it off (for years). I'm kind of the last man standing. I feel awkward about it and not quite ready to admit it, even though I know they would completely support me and cheer me on. I'm going out with my two closest girlfriends next week and trying to figure out how to tell them what I'm doing. I'm feeling unaccountably shy about the whole thing. Thank goodness I have this forum as an outlet!
I had an ok weigh in today. 1.4 lbs lost, which I'll take given that I broke my 2-drink/week limit while visiting with a friend. My 3 week total is 10.8 pounds. I've got all sorts of yummy food lined up for this record-breaking snowstorm headed our way, and I'm looking forward to burning some calories doing some major sledding runs. Bring it on!
The weight is dropping fast :) Is that too fast or is it primarily water weight at this point? I do like the idea of upping the exercise to "afford" more food.
@alleykat @ziziPB I've been reading The Hacker's Diet
, which is based on calories in, calories out. It makes a lot of sense (it is the book trendweight and the like are based on). I like the lifelong sustainability thinking. Plus it is pretty Mustachian in thought - based on efficiency. I'm not crazy about some of what he suggests (frozen food and diet soda), but he does acknowledge that low-cal doesn't necessarily equate to good nutrients and that while low cal, high sodium foods work for weight loss, they are bad for your heart.
@microSpice Exercise is very good for your overall health...but it's not particularly necessary for weight loss. maybe give yourself a pass and focus on the eating for now? I did it by choosing routines that would give me easy wins to give me a psychological boost. I am doing the antiquated Royal Cdn Air Force XBX training. Just 12 mins a day focused on strength and flexibility. It's ridiculously easy in the beginning (it gets harder so gradually, you barely notice it) and that has helped me stick to it - 10 days in a row so far (and i'm terrible about sticking to these types of things). if anyone is interested in doing it, let me know. The charts in the book are a little clunky so I modified it a bit to make the charts easier the follow so I know what level I am at and how many reps to follow. Would be happy to share the file. Even when I was in a horrible mood yesterday and wanted to skip my cardio, I insisted on doing my XBX routine. The Hacker's Diet book I raved about above also has a modified version. Best part with all this is - it's free, which pleases my Mustachian heart.
The other suggestion is to find something you really enjoy - maybe a local sports league? I remember a ladies floor hockey group in my community some years back.