I Know They Mean Well, But…

December 8, 2010 at 11:26 am 8 comments

I’m sure you’ve run into them.  The people who know the “perfect” diet for you to try.  I’ve run into a few of them lately. People have started to notice my weight loss, and ask me what I’m doing to lose the weight.   I tell them that I’ve lost 10 pounds in one month by eating healthily and controlling my portion sizes, and combining it with exercise.

That response seems to confuse them, because I haven’t called it the “so and so” diet.  They blink, and then say – “You should try Atkins, or the Zone, or (insert any name of diet here)

Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate their interest in my weight loss, and their suggestions.  But if I’ve just said that I’ve had success in what I’m doing, why would they suggest something different?  I know that the ones who are suggesting these diets have never had to lose a lot of weight at any point in their lives, and they’re only suggesting diets that they’ve heard about.

Too often in the past, I listened to people who were suggesting this diet, or that diet, and in the end I tried a lot of the diets and systems that are out there – South Beach, Dr. Bernsteins, I could go on, and while I lost weight on them, I never ever felt that they were programs that were changing how I thought about food, and in the end couldn’t sustain the program, and gained back all of the weight (and more).

I’m not criticizing any of the weight loss plans out there (well, there are few that I would run screaming from), and if what you are doing is working for you, that’s great!  Stay with it!

So, to those people who have suggested I try other ways to lose weight, here is why what I am doing is working for me.

Starting weight – November 1, 2010 – 193.4 lbs

Today’s weight – December 8, 2010 – 183.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss – 10 lbs!

Inches lost

  • Neck – 1/4 inch
  • Waist – 1 inch
  • Hips  – 1/2 inch
  • Thighs – 1/2 inch
  • Chest – 1 inch
  • Calves – 1/2 inch
  • Total inches lost – 3 3/4 inches

Dress size down from 16 – 14

My goals for this week are:

  • Faithfully drink my water each day – 164 – 180 ounces.  I have much better success when I drink all of my water
  • Get exercise every day – it doesn’t have to be just at the gym- going for a walk, putting on some music and dancing around the house, etc., as long as I am moving and doing something, instead of sitting and doing nothing.
  • Eat more vegetables.  I was really good about this until about a week ago.  I’ve stayed under my calorie limit each day, but on some days there has been very little vegetable or fruit content.
  • Make a menu plan – again, did this really well for the first few weeks, but this past week was kind of a “grab and go” type of food plan
  • Prepare food to take with me to my part time job – not having a meal plan caused me to purchase meals while at work (while I still chose healthy, they were costly)

I’m doing well with the water, and preparing food etc., however, exercise has taken a bit of a backseat this week as life has been getting busier.  I have been taking walks outside each day, even if I haven’t been getting to a scheduled gym class.  My personal trainer appointment is on Friday, so I’ll know I’ll be getting my butt kicked then!

I’m celebrating my successes, how about you?

Cue the Happy Dance!


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  • 1. Shelley  |  December 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have the PERFECT diet for you – Eat right, exercise, drink lots of water! OH WAIT – you are already doing that! You are doing a trremendous job! Keep it up!

  • 2. Shelly  |  December 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on such outstanding success for November! That’s fantastic!! I look forward to following your journey and congratulating you many more times for reaching more great milestones. Cheers to your good health!

  • 3. Savoir Affaire  |  December 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I know exactly the kind of person you’re talking bout. Sad to say but my sister is sort of like that… now that she’s lost all this weight, she wants everyone be healthy. SHe means well but… you understand.

    –From Mid Week Mingle!

  • 4. anna  |  December 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Wow, I can really relate to the diet suggestions. It’s like they can’t understand when you tell them that good old eating right is doing the trick. I love what you said about the THOUGHT behind food – because that’s the key, isn’t it?

    You are doing so well! Congrats on the 10 pounds!

    Thanks for the happy dance! Brought back lots of good memories.

  • 5. Catherine F.  |  December 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Fantastic results and oh so true commentary about ‘helpful friends’. 10lbs in a month is fantastic – you must be feeling so much better, especially with dropping a dress size!

    I loved you comment about a meal plan – that was my downfall for the week with all the running around, so might take a leaf out of your book.

    Have a great week and enjoy the session with your trainer on Friday – ha ha ha!

  • 6. Lynn  |  December 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    great job! I appreciate the reminder about water. Ever since I moved I’ve had trouble drinking enough plain old water. Probably because it tastes lousy!

  • 7. thegracefulskinny  |  December 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    So true! You have no idea how shocked people are when I tell them what I am doing. You would think I had told them I could walk on the moon or something! And remember, You aren’t ON a diet, you’ve CHANGED your diet.

    Ha! Try explaining THAT one to people! (I’ve given up.)

  • 8. VedetteTX  |  December 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hey! I’m on the same diet! Although I do need to drink more water. 🙂 I think the best diet advice I’ve gotten is “whatever you’re doing is workin’, so keep it up girl!”

    Congrats on your success!


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