I'm loving the Y. I'm loving my exercise. Haven't bought my new swimsuit yet, but have been consistently going four to five times a week. It's been a month. And I've lost...three pounds. And honestly, haven't been on the scale this week, because it's FLUID RETENTION/BAD MOOD/UTERUS APPRECIATION week and the scale is not friendly at this time. So I skipped it this week so as not to depress myself in case it went up.
Next step: working on my intake.
I may have raged about this in the past. I like food. I mean, seriously. I don't consider myself a foodie, because I am not touching cow brains, or frog legs, or anything with bleu cheese (it's fungus, people. Really!) But I am a serious snacker, and I absolutely refuse to live on diet food. Meaning, three salads a day, soy cheese and skim milk. It will not happen. I believe in God's created food, natural foods. I eat full fat butter, sour cream, and half n half for my coffee. I insist on a steak every now and then. I like real potatoes, and bread, and simmering soups on the stove-top. I refuse to believe that one flippin cookie is a viable snack. One cookie is just going to tick me off. I will not cut coffee out of my diet. I refuse. Not only that, but I put real half n half in my coffee, and I drink at least two, sometimes three cups a day.
However; there is room for improvement. I don't drink enough water, which is possibly why my skin is such a wreck right now. I need to add more vegetables and fruits to my diet. I adore snack crackers and chips...it needs to be a treat, not an every day occurrence. And scheduling my day to make sure I have dinner before 7pm would be ideal. I'm actually considering using my cell phone to set alarms to remind me to drink another glass of water. Has anyone else ever used technology to give them the edge on dieting? I'd also like to wake up early enough to make sure I get a real breakfast, and not just a bagel thrown together with my coffee. I think these small tweaks would make the difference in dropping some actual weight so I can make my goal of size 14/16 by Christmas. I've got five months to go!