Diet and exercise. *Shudder* Just the thought of it makes me cringe! I HATE to exercise. And dieting? Who the hell wants to eat a bunch of stuff they don’t like? Not me!
Despite all that…..
I’ve started a new diet and exercise program. It’s been 2 weeks and I’ve lost 8 lbs. so far. So I’m pretty jazzed. I want to lose another 12.
The diet really isn’t a diet. It’s just a change in the way I eat. For now, I’m having no bread, potatoes, coffee creamer (boo!), fried food, fast food and no processed food.
Eating healthy is a lot more work than not. I have to actually cook! Living by myself for the last 5 or 6 years, I cook for myself very little. It’s a lot easier and quicker to just grab something out of the freezer and nuke it.
But now, I have to plan what I will take in my lunch every day. I didn’t realize that what was left of my bagged salad had gone bad. I had planned on having salad with cooked chicken for lunch. So, instead, I’m having some cooked chicken and carrots. My afternoon snack will be a Tbsp. of creamy peanut butter. I also brought along a hard boiled egg in case I get hungry later.
I’ve given up soda and pretty much sugar too. I am drinking Crystal Light or equivalent and water, lots and lots of water. I was NEVER a water drinker, but I have found some of the flavored waters on the market that are quite good.
The other night, I had a terrible craving for cereal and milk! It’s one of my favorite late night snacks. Lucky Charms of course! (Don’t judge!) I didn’t have any milk in the house. So I finally got up and poured myself ½ cup of cereal and ate it dry.
It was very UNsatisfying!
Exercise. Oh Lord! I have never liked to exercise, just for the sake of exercising. So I started off walking a mile a day. I am now up to 3 miles a day. I’ve gotten so that I look forward to it! The weather here in Texas in the fall is just perfect for walking. The temps are in the low to mid 70’s right now. My goal is to reach 5 miles a day.
Now don’t laugh at me! I bought a Richard Simmons CD to exercise to once the weather turns bad, or if it gets dark before I get my walk in. I don’t walk alone at night here. And just for the record I LIKE Richard Simmons!! So there! 🙂
My new abode needs a LOT of work outside. The yard is in terrible shape. I live in the worst looking house in a very nice neighborhood, just because the yard has been so badly neglected. I spent most of the day on Sunday cleaning up the back yard. I wish I would have taken a BEFORE picture!
THAT’S the kind of exercise I like. Where you are doing something you enjoy and you’re getting a workout at the same time.
The inside of the house is starting to come together now too. I’ve got some pictures hung up on the walls and more boxes unpacked.
I give myself one day off a week from my new routine. But I still try not to go crazy, especially with eating. I can gain 3 lbs. just from a one day food binge!
I’ll keep you posted on my progress!