Hi All! I've started a new diet exactly 2 weeks ago, and was wondering if anyone else is "slimming" now that the holidays are over? I'd love to find some other people in the community to buddy up with, because I have a significant amount of weight to lose to get to my goal (110 pounds from my starting weight, which I'm too embarrassed to print here for the whole internets to see) and I'm going to be on this for a long, looooong time.
So far, the last two weeks for me went pretty well. I had been unhappy with myself for several months, and even tried to cut back, eat healthier, take better control of my habits, excercise more... but finally I stopped procrastinating and made the decision that I'd start as soon as the holidays were over.
Money is very tight for our family right now, since I've been unemployed for months, but I put away my birthday and Christmas money, and instead of spending it on anything else, I decided I would give myself the gift of health this year. I split it (not evenly) on three things: 3-months (discounted if you buy them in advance) at Weight Watchers Meetings (I need the official scale to keep me honest), the WW e-tools membership, and a very, very cheap discontinued treadmill so that I have no excuse about "being unable to get to the gym".
I'm not promoting WW to anyone, it's just that about 10 years ago, after I had my daughter, I lost 79 pounds on their program before getting "burned out" and giving up when I hit a plateau. (Let's just say I need to lose 69 of those 79 pounds all over again, 10 years later). I never made it to goal last time. I want this time to be different, and not make the same mistakes again. The program has also changed a lot since I was on it last - damned corporate bastards, all the old cookbooks and recipes I had are different values now, because they have this new PointsPlus plan, and I'm having to relearn everything.
Today I got my first star sticker - I've lost 6.2 pounds in the last 2 weeks. Given that a healthy weight loss is about 2 pounds per week, I won't be seeing that rate all the time, and I'm expect that this will take me about 14 months, if I can really stick to it. Would anyone like to join me? Even if you only have 10 pounds to get to your own goal, I'd love the company.