Now, on to the good stuff!!!!! My DIY diet and exercise program "were" working and I actually dropped 10 pounds the first week. But, when I went to the gym, my fitness test weighed me in at two pounds MORE than what I originally started. My BMI was pretty awful, too. But, I wasn't as in bad of shape as I thought!
So, I grabbed a few books, learned what I could and have officially restarted my weight loss plan TODAY! I must say, just cutting way down on some carbs, my daily fix for sodium and sugar, and bad fats has made a huge difference. I also was practicing portion control, and forcing myself to eat more than once or twice a day, AND to drink water. I can honestly say, it might not show on the outside but I know my insides are changing. For instance, I tend to break out around "Aunt Flo's" visit and my sugar cravings also go sky high. I've had not a single PMS symptom since tweaking my eating habits. I also have more energy and I feel light and bouyant.
So today, I started the beginning of a 51-day plan to restart my metabolism in conjunction with continuing my hot yoga sessions twice a week, and adding strength training and toning two to three times a week. So far, some of the best resources I've found are...
I love, love, love this book. It shows healthier alternatives to fast food and restaurant fare, amazing recipes (one of which we tried tonight and loved), and it still allows you to eat what you want, but within reason.
I also love this book...
It's all about shifting your caloric intake every 17 days. It starts out slow and rather tasteless when it comes to your initial meals. But if you stick with it, you can learn how to eat in proportion while losing mad weight AND still eat what you want on the weekends! Once I reach my ideal weight of dropping 40 pounds, I will be using the aforementioned book to enjoy my weekend foods.
More than anything, though, I'm proud of myself for learning how to reduce my daily sodium and sugar consumption. Now, let the pounds fall where they may...as long as they're not landing on me!!!!!