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I think we all have our personal issues: Some people drink too much, others shop too much. Some play too many video games, whereas others like to sit and veg out in front of the TV more often than could be classified as “good” for one’s well-being.
My biggest issue is probably food. Specifically, dining out. While I love to cook, I love going out to a sit-down restaurant even more. Especially during times I’m stressed out or exceptionally busy, slipping into a restaurant booth, absorbing the atmosphere, and indulging in delicious food is one of my greatest delights in life.
Unfortunately, after multiple attempts to slim down, I’m not doing well. I’ve gained 30 pounds in the past 5 years, 20 in the past two. I’m tired a lot. Exercise now is more likely to entice me to take a nap than to give me energy. My skin still looks good (woohoo, skin care research!), but I don’t want to keep gaining and losing weight, that’s terrible for your skin’s elasticity.
Even worse, I’ve started to crave food of all kinds from restaurants: spicy Pad Thai, seafood-loaded pasta, bread and butter, bread and oil, bread and cheese — bread and anything, really, you could put beans on a warm piece of freshly-baked bread and I’d crave it.
Let’s get one thing straight. Despite my weight gain, I’m not fat; my current BMI is 24. But if you extrapolate out my weight gain from the past two years into the next two, well, then I’m not sitting pretty at all and would actually be obese. It’s a health concern, albeit a preventative one. Not just vanity.
I’ve decided to be proactive about this. I’ve signed up for MyFitnessPal (username: FutureDerm, what else?!). I’m logging everything I eat and drink, and every time I exercise. If you’re on MyFitnessPal, please follow or friend me. I’m not the type of person to use forums or get involved in an online community (no particular reason, just not my thing) — but I am happy to connect with you there anyway.
I’m also going to do something that will hold me accountable: I’m going to write about my journey here on FutureDerm, on Fridays, until I reach my goal weight. I think having an audience will certainly make me less likely to reach for the second piece of bread and more likely to think about the progress picture I need to post on Fridays.
I’m starting out with Slim Fast twice per day, with string cheese or fruit as snacks, and small but healthy dinners. Lots of water, coffee, and green tea as well; I’m a seven Diet Cokes a day kind-of girl, and I’m starting to think that might have something to do with my problem…
Do you have any tips for weight loss you care to share? Let me know in Comments below!