One thing I LOVE to do is eat...and it shows...on my hips...and my thighs. You get the idea. I'll be turning 50 on November 18th, so with this milestone birthday coming up I'm taking a good look at the first half of my life, and making plans for the second half.
I've put on some extra pounds in the last few years and I think it's time to take it off. I'm really looking forward to my 50's, and want to start off by looking good and feeling good. That means it's time for a diet. This is kind of a new thing for me, so I'm not really sure what to do.
After some careful consideration I've come up with a plan. I can't get anywhere if I don't know where I'm going, so the first thing I'm going to do is set a goal. I would like to lose 25 pounds. This would get me back into my comfort zone...the weight I've been most of my adult life. The next thing is to set a deadline. I think the first of the year is realistic. I'd like to work hard to lose as much as possible before November 12th when I leave for Italy. I know it will be hard to lose anything while I'm in Italy (duh), but hopefully all the walking will keep me from gaining any weight. The holidays will be a challenge, but that's what this whole thing is about...a challenge. Today I am at 152 pounds...boy, that's hard to admit! Everyone has their own weight where they are comfortable, regardless of what the charts and other people think. I am 5' 7'', and my comfort zone is around 125 pounds. That's where I feel the best.
Now, how do I accomplish this lofty goal? I've been following the Pomodori e Vino/ blog, and cooking up a storm, and I don't intend to stop. I'm not going to starve myself and I'm not going on any fad diets. First, I'm going to cut out most of the Pepsi I drink. Second, I'll cut down my calories. I will continue to cook whatever I want, but I won't put the serving bowls on the table. In addition, I'll take small portions and not go back for seconds. I think it's important to only eat when I'm actually hungry. Bad habits, like eating food at the computer and TV will be hard to break, but necessary.
I'll need to add some exercise to the mix. Marc and I have been walking lately to break in my new boots for vacation, so that will continue. We try to walk for about 30-45 minutes every evening. In addition, I bought a Wii, and will try one of the exercise games. I bought one that is a 30 day exercise routine which I'm going to start it today.
I hope this is a good plan, but I would LOVE to hear any comments or suggestions. I need all the help and support I can get. It would be so nice to be in a size 8 again.