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I was excited recently to see anotherdemocrat's diary reviving the Weight Loss Kos tag. I have been hoping/planning to do something about my weight for quite a while but that magic push--whatever it is inside that leads us to make a commitment and stick to it--never materialized. I'd followed WLK diaries before and I thought AD's diary might be the impetus I needed.

And then another week passed.

Have you experienced procrastination when you know you need and want to lose weight? What has helped you to break through that? And what has kept you on course? Walk right past that delicious orange croissant and let's talk about it.

My track record with New Year's resolutions is not great so I've largely given up the practice. That doesn't stop me from thinking about things I could change when the wheel of the year turns around. This year, like many others, I thought I might start a diet.

Not, of course, on New Year's Day. That's still holiday mode! And while my daughter was off school, I wanted to take her out for lunch. We had planned a get-together with friends the weekend after New Year's to get the drop on those post-holiday blues and that would be a pitch-in, lots of good stuff to sample. Once the kidster went back to school, I started work again and there seemed to be no time for meal planning. When, oh, when would be the right time to start a diet?

Last Sunday night, I thought about the possibility of another Weight Loss Kos diary appearing on the list and I thought about how bad I'd feel that another week had passed and I'd done nothing. I suppose last minute deadlines inspire me because I leaped into action.

I remembered some good links listed in the previous diary and comments so I read through it again and looked for the things I'd found inspiring. I have dieted in the past, had a lot of success with Weight Watchers, some success with South Beach, and even ate lots and lots of cabbage soup one fateful week. I wanted to follow an easy plan, though, one that I could live with. I didn't want to learn a new system (Was WW on Points last time I did it?) and I didn't want to change my diet drastically. I eat very healthily in general. I'm a vegetarian so get lots of vegetables and I usually choose whole grains. Olive oil is my oil of choice. I do buy a lot of junk food, though. I love potato chips! And chocolate! Frequently, I exceed the ideal portion size with these yummies. Still, I know the rules of dieting, I just need a method to keep me on the straight and narrow.

Someone in the previous diary recced My Fitness Pal and I decided to try that because I could eat what I want and the website and app would help me track the calories. I had to recharge the batteries in my Wii board so I could use that scale (the button battery in the bathroom scale being long dead), but I got an account set up on their attractive website and I was looking forward to using it. Next, I planned a short menu for the beginning of the week so I could shop in the morning. In addition to meals, I put some healthy snacks on my grocery list as well.

I wanted to get started right away Monday morning, but the cupboard was rather bare. I ended up having tea and faux baloney slices for breakfast.  At least it was a nice boost of protein to start the day. I remembered I had a morning meeting so I couldn't get out to the grocery but I found some nuts--1 ounce, a decent serving size--for a mid-morning snack. Rummaging around in the cabinets later, I found a relatively low calorie prepared soup for lunch and afterwards, I headed out to get my groceries. Dinner was much better after that. The hubster was out to a meeting so I made mushroom-swiss (he hates mushrooms) veggie burgers for us along with thin-sliced, oven fried potatoes (yay, chips!) and cole slaw. Some of this stuff wasn't the best choice, but I weighed and measured everything and then logged it all. I stayed within my calorie range for the day and was pretty pleased about that.

My Fitness Pal also reminds me to drink water and I got eight glasses in. Several times during the day when I thought I wanted to snack, I drank instead.

It's been a week and it's still working.  I do have things to prep to smooth my road ahead. I need to keep a big bowl of salad washed and chopped so it's easier to have that on the spur of the moment. I have yet to clean and chop veggies (carrots and celery) into snacking sticks for peckish moments which would be a nice alternative to the compulsive water drinking. A couple desperate times, I ate the carrot whole when sticks seemed like too much of a nicety for my hunger! I want to look up some restaurant calorie counts for when I'm out and about, too, though I've been finding most things already in the database on the MFP website. Hey, sometimes a girl just needs a 12 oz. skim latte from Starbucks to make her day better and stop her thinking about worse options!

I'm excited to have got through a week. MFP is really easy and that has helped keep me going. Personal desire is high. Fingers are crossed.

So, what has worked to motivate you or what do you find is a stumbling block? Have you taken action to get more fit and lose weight? Please share!

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

    by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:44:45 AM PST

  •  I have planned (2+ / 0-)
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    so many times recently to start a diet. Often at the beginning of the year with an eye towards my spring birthday, in anticipation of a vacation, last year with a significant school reunion year, and nothing kicked it in gear. I really am left flummoxed to figure out what governs these things!

    I was planning to make this a weekly diary for my own accountability. I also thought a daily diary--because it is about one day at a time, baby steps--might be helpful. I'd appreciate any input on that.

    An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

    by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:51:22 AM PST

  •  Just had (4+ / 0-)
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    my shredded wheat breakfast. Now to get dressed and head out for a walk.

    I was going along pretty steadily a month or so ago. Then too many things -- not the holidays, just real life -- threw me off. Now the pants are starting to feel snug again so it's time to get back out there.

    And you can take full credit! :) You reminded me (yes, reminded, like I had forgotten to get up and go for a walk as a normal part of my day) to do something healthy. Thanks!

    •  I'm glad (1+ / 0-)
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      I could help! ;) But it does take a kick in that pants, sometimes, doesn't it? I keep the My Fitness Pal website open in a tab on my browser and during the day, a glimpse of it often "reminds me" to go get a glass of water or to stop fantasizing about cake.

      Real life can bite you! I was walking regularly until just before the holidays. My daughter got off school, my schedule changed, and I didn't adjust to it. Tomorrow a new round of fitness classes start at the nearby rec center so I hope that will get me active again. I need that push!

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:43:58 AM PST

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      •  Well, I hope (1+ / 0-)
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        you make it over to the rec center.

        I did get to walk. After an unscheduled trip to the pharmacy for my husband.  If I get his cold, grrrrr. . .

        I'm glad I walked though. I can't maintain, let alone lose, weight without some regular activity like that.

        But I have to get back in the habit of having the walk just be a normal part of my day.

  •  14 years ago (3+ / 0-)
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    I lost more than half my body weight.  I won't pretend for one moment that it is easy, that would be a falsehood of immense proportions.  I will say, however, that it is possible.  The entire process for me was two steps forward, one step back, but plugging along got me to the finish line.  Everyone is different and sometimes trial and error is the way to find what works for you as an individual.  So, keep trying!

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:30:10 AM PST

    •  Thank you! (3+ / 0-)
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      I hope to keep trying! And I hope to stay committed when I take that step back to take those steps forward.

      Congratulations on what you did! I've been around weight loss all my life, my mom was heavy, so I know what an achievement that is.

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:38:36 AM PST

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      •  Those are the toughest times, (2+ / 0-)
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        the step back and keeping committed; at least, for me that was the hardest part.  Despair likes to consume.  

        Not long ago, I saw a beautiful young lady in the grocery store.  She was agonizing over which product would be best for her to purchase as she frantically worked her calculator and counted calories.  The look on her face was wrenching.  I leaned over and whispered to her how much I admired her resolve in the face of her discomfort.  Her eyes suddenly welled.  We spoke for a few minutes, hugged each other and went on our separate ways, but I was so relieved to see her smile as she moved on.  Sometimes, understanding support is definitely the key to pushing through those times of discouragement.  I think your desire to engage with support here is a very, very good step.

        You are my brother, my sister.

        by RoCali on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:52:18 AM PST

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        •  It's great that you could (3+ / 0-)
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          do that for her. I'm sure it meant a lot and probably made the whole difference in her day which is all that's needed to get over that hump sometime.

          Accountability is necessary to me. On a good day, I can be accountable to myself, but they're not all good days! The first time I did Weight Watchers, it was the At Work program and I reached goal weight. Years later, I did their online program and though it worked, I gave up on it. From that last diary I referenced, it seemed there are a lot of folks at dKos who could use the encouragement. I think it'd be great if we could encourage each other!

          An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

          by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:04:22 AM PST

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        •  I would like to know how or what you're (2+ / 0-)
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          doing to keep the weight off.  That was my biggest problem after losing 70lbs. on Weight Watchers.

          I didn't reach my goal weight, but it would have been a lot better if I had at least stayed right around the weight I had achieved.  Alas, I'm as heavy now as I was when I started WW 8 years ago.

          Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

          by Spirit of Life on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:35:25 AM PST

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  •  Debby, I'm so glad you are doing this!! I tried (2+ / 0-)
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    to get an invite to Weight Loss Kos but no one kosmails me back.

    I started going to the gym with my sister last year on Jan. 15 and doing Jillian Michaels.

    25 lbs came off rather quickly but since I had more than 100 to lose it's kind of discouraging to plateau for so long. We are seeing a personal trainer now, which has upped the intensity.

    I hope you keep this up, and I'll be glad to contribute as I get into the trainer's routine more firmly.

    *There are two sides to every horseshit.* Kos

    by glorificus on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:56:08 AM PST

    •  It's curious because (1+ / 0-)
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      there have been Weight Loss Kos diaries in the past several months. But we can always use the tag! I think Kossacks are important people so it'd be great if we could get healthier together!

      Good luck with your personal trainer! Tomorrow, fitness classes start again at my rec center so I'll be going back. I think for me, diet is the key to weight loss but exercise is an important support and it can be fun, too! It's great you're doing it with your sister. Please do plan to write about it!

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:41:56 AM PST

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  •  My Doctor (1+ / 0-)
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    I have tried for years to lose weight, and instead kept getting heavier.  Sure, some of it was my fault.  But I knew it wasn't all my doing.  I dropped to 1000 calories a day and added 15 pounds.  I walked, and added weight.  Clothes kept getting bigger and bigger.

    Finally my doctor, in December, added another med to my thyroid pills.  She said it didn't matter what I did, until we got the thyroid #s right, I would gain weight.  And she was right.  It is now slowly disappearing.  I have gone down a pants size since Christmas.  

    Moral of my story:  If you can, have your doctor involved in your weight loss plan.  

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:19:24 AM PST

    •  I'm glad you solved that! (0+ / 0-)

      It must have been so frustrating! And a pants size in a month is really exciting! Did your doctor give you a meal plan or are you doing something else?

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:18:23 AM PST

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      •  No meal plan. (0+ / 0-)

        We'd already discussed my "diet", and she was confortable with it.  In reality, I eat two meals a day: lunch and dinner.  Not a breakfast person.  I'm trying to keep the calories/fat/carbs at reasonable levels.  Now that's not to say I don't get unreasonable, but I don't have the mental willpower to follow a strict weight loss diet.

        If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

        by tacklelady on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:34:31 AM PST

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  •  I've been watching (0+ / 0-)

    continuing coverage of the Inauguration and they just did a fashion segment about Michelle Obama. She and her upper arms is so inspiring! I guess that's what time in the gym can do for you.

    An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

    by Debby on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:46:31 AM PST

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