I am so truly excited to have so many readers joining me in my Weight Loss Challenge this month! It is going to be so much easier to do with friends. If you are doing the BFC, I encourage you to use my S/C Value Tracker. I am using it again and surprised when everything adds up! Oops, I had 5 crackers and 2 squares of chocolate. And I forgot about that yogurt for breakfast. Those little things add up! I am making a few changes to tracker too, like adding calories since many people seem to want to see that. (I don't count calories, just sugar, carb, fiber). As you can see, I went over with carb servings and was very close on sugar on the first day I tracked. But it is great, beacause it points out things I didn't notice. For starters, I clearly needed a more filling lunch so I wouldn't need that big snack. The chips should not have been eaten at all (Damn you potato chips and your crunchy goodness)!
I'm pretty hard on myself, although I'm better since I hit 40. But I am mad (MAD!) when I see very recent photos and I can see those extra pounds in my hips and thighs. Everyone keeps telling me I look fine, except my Sister M who always tells the truth about this ugly stuff. I should take a new photo for my timeline, because I don't think I look like that end photo right now.
Speaking of my Sister M, I am desperately trying to get her to join me this month. She has been off the diet wagon for about a year now, and I am worried about her. Not worried about her being overweight, but about how her weight is effecting her life and health. I've been trying to get her to see it as a disease, like alcohol addiction. Some of us, our bodies convert carbs and sugar into fat at a higher rate. We have raised insulin levels and that causes us to crave empty carbs. We can eat endless amounts of those empty carbs, trying to get that "full" feeling. But it never happens... until you feel sick a while later. I think she doesn't want to start another diet, because she has failed so many times. Why start another one, when you know you will fail again? So this month I want to be a good example to her, show her it is possible to cure yourself of obesity despite your gene pool. I KNOW she can do this too, if she would only put herself first and surrender fully to the Belly Fat Cure plan. (She has written here on my blog several times, you can read more HERE. She is my Awesome older sister.)
For myself, I am trying to picture the end result and keep a positive attitude. I know I can get this 9.5 lbs off, it is just a matter of time. I know I can control my eating and not feel deprived. I know that feeling a little room in my size 8 jeans is going to feel SO much better than those chips are going to taste. I know I can do this, and so can you all!
Leave me a note about how the first few days have been. Has it been easy or a real challenge? If you have already cheated, just move on and start today fresh! We have the whole month of May to get this right.