“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life” – anonymous
Machon, “how can you lose a pound a week if you are not counting anything? How can I lose weight and just eat what I want. I think the first week was just a fluke”. Listen Linda, this is not your first rodeo. I am not about to badger you over the definition of calories and tell you what you should be eating. Let’s be honest, you know what you should and should not be eating. I’m not going to give you a lecture on good carbs, bad carbs or superfoods. If you haven’t learned all about this stuff I’m going to send you to this magical place called Google. You can spend hours going through information and find someone to tell you what to do. I am not going to be that person. As stated before I’m going to tell you what I did and recommend some resources you might want to look into. So, if you can’t figure out what to eat to lose one pound a week do what I did. Figure out what you should stop doing to lose one pound a week.
How about you stop drinking soda, eating candy, ice cream, or cake. You might want to stop sitting around, stop watching tv, or put your phone down and move. It might even mean reducing the amount of butter you use, let’s hope it will not come to that, but it might. For me it was not that drastic. The act of logging food made me stop eating food. I gave you all that little hint in the last blog. For shame for shame.
Do you want to eat the snicker and log it? Hmmmmm, not really. I think I’m going to pass today. That’s all it took for me. Before I ate something I asked myself if I wanted to log it. That little pause first off killed any unconscious eating. I had to consciously decide if I wanted to eat this piece of food or drink that drink. Snickers may not be your thing, they actually are not my thing either. My best friend loves snickers and I need her to realize at this moment I’m talking to her. If snickers are your thing right now I am also talking to you. My thingsssssss are cake. I found reasons to eat cake. Oh it’s cold outside, lets bake a cake. Oh I had a fantastic work week, lets bake a cake. Today sucked, let’s bake a cake. You get the picture. For Mother’s Day my husband got me a Kitchen Aid mixer, yes the Rolls Royce of kitchen gadgets. Why, because I can bake a cake from scratch that’s better than anything in a store.
For me this was like providing drugs to an addict. Now I could make cakes daily, and I did. See I make cakes and pies from scratch. No boxes over here. I have a whole pantry shelf dedicated with items to bake. If I was to walk into my kitchen now I could make a German Chocolate Cake, Lemon Pudding Pound Cake, and Neiman Marcus cookies without putting a dent in that pantry. So not only am I fat, but I can bake. Also before you ask I have a fat family as well. I did it, I know. We are all working on ourselves. I know you are not judging me.
For the first month I decided to only bake once. The reason is I can eat a whole cake. Stop acting shocked like that’s crazy. I bake good ass cakes, why would I not eat the whole thing. I also developed a plan for when I would bake. I would have a maximum of two normal slices of cake. After my two slices I would give the remaining cake away. I sent out several care packages during month one. The latest victims were my in laws. My husband visits my father in law every weekend and every weekend he had a care package. Some weeks it was items from the garden, some weeks it was cakes and pies. No one has ever objected to either, but I have more request for my cakes than I do my tomatoes.
So what are you willing to stop doing to continue losing your one pound? You made it through the first week successfully and I know you will do the same week two. Whatever you decide write it down. This is just the beginning. Looking back to see how far you’ve come will be crucial to your success.
If you have questions or want to chat send me a note. Hold on. Don’t ask me anything you can find on Google. I’m serious. I will not tell you what to do, but I will tell you what I did. Don’t think I’m playing about Google.