I did this one myself last February. it was tough for me, too, but I stuck it out and survived the initial period - losing 14 lbs. Then kept it up for 2 more months to lose another 10 lbs. Then school got out, I was out of work, and for some reason went back to my old eating habits and gained the weight back along with 10 lbs extra. Where did that come from?
Since I have done this before I know I can handle it again, But I need to keep it going this time for the long run. It is a very healthy lifestyle. It is just so different from the type of eating we are used to in my home.
The easiest way to describe what you can eat is this:
When you walk into your grocery store, only shop the outside perimeter of the store. Think about it. All stores are set up the same basis way. One side had the fresh fruits, produce, even fresh herbs, deli meats and cheese, many stores sell their dried fruits and nuts in this section , as well. The back always has the meat department with lean cuts of pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc and fish, Keep walking along the back wall til you reach the fresh milk and dairy, continue to the other end and you have frozen fruit, veggies, and meats, and also whole grain bread. Do not shop for anything in the aisles in between. This is where all the processed foods are sold. Do not buy anything with more than one ingredient in it.
Sounds simple enough, but when your body has lived on oreo cookies, canned soup, and boxed mac & cheese for so long it does not take to the change very well.
Monday will be my first weigh in. I will see how we are both doing at that point if we survive that long. (today is Wednesday)
I have another tip for you. Nothing to do with dieting or healthy eating. Before you throw away any used gifts cards you may find around your house, go online and make sure there in nothing left on them.
These movie gift cards have been on the corner of my kitchen table for weeks. In person they look more beat up then they do in this photo. Anyway, I was about to throw them away thinking they were used up. There is a website on the back to check balances. Between these 5 cards there is still $66.43 on them. And to think I almost tossed them. It may be a pain to use them because there are odd amounts on each, but still money is money.
Maybe I will take my husband to the movies tonight to get his mind off his diet.
Have a great day and I hope you are doing something creative today.