I started this post last year shortly after I started my 101 in 1001. Recently I wrote about how my 101 was going. I briefly discussed my weight loss, but here are the deets:In December 2010 I wrote a post about the start of this weight-loss journey. This post is the record of my progress and my diet/exercise plan for anybody that cares. It’s not my usual fodder so I’ll keep it brief. My diet plan is based on Jorge Cruise’s 8 Minutes in the Morning. I don’t follow his plan exactly but I recommend the book if you need some help getting motivated on your own weight-loss journey. It’s been my go-to diet for years. It helps me stay on track and provides self-control which I have little of on my own. Remember Richard Simmons’ Deal a Meal? It’s similar. Basically I print up little slips of paper with boxes on them. When the boxes are full, I’m done eating. I started using my boxes religously on December 28th, 2010, the same morning I weighed in and saw this:
I’m sure a points system or something similar would work just as well but I really think Jorge’s plan makes me eat better. The hardest part of being on a diet is not gorging myself on things like homemade pasta or the baked good of the week. Jorge’s eating plan helps me remember that moderation is the key to weight loss. He allocates space for a treat every day and even though pasta isn’t on the “preferred” grains box, I can make it fit into my box system. Even if I eat sugar cookies for breakfast (and I did, more than once), I still have to eat six servings of vegetables.
Aside from changing my atrocious eating habits, I started exercising consistently. I ran or skated at least three times a week every week. I also started doing push-ups and sit-ups regularly. Drinking lots of water helps too, but I’ve never been a big water drinker. In the summer, I drink lots but now, when it is cold out I really don’t like drinking it so I drank a lot of coffee (with milk, which I count) or unsweetened hot tea. If I drink them with my food I feel full longer and sipping hot beverages all day gives me something to do besides eat. I know caffeinated beverages are usually frowned upon for dieters, but it works for me.
Now that I have reached my more-or-less goal weight and am skating “competetively”, I have modified my boxes but I sttill use them most of the time. After a lot of online research I discovered that even though protein is necessary for muscle growth, Jorge’s plan includes more than I need even though I am very active so I include more fruit than Jorge does, less protein, and more fat.