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I have another journal, but this one is strictly for notes about my new diet.


Saturday, January 26, 2002

I'm enjoying the Wendis plan. It makes good sense to me and uses those banked points intelligently. I'm in the 31-35 point range and I'm having a hard time eating enough, as I said a couple of days ago. Someone gave me the advice that instead of adding junk foods, like Skinny Cow and popcorn, that I do things like use real butter on bread, use regular salad dressing rather than low fat. Substitute point-counting veggies like peas and corn for non-point-counting veggies. Those were very good suggestions because what I really want to do is to develop good eating habits, not just lose weight.

And on the Wendis plan, you have low point days and high point days. Yesterday was a low point day and I ate 20 points worth. That means banking 10 points. Today is a "very high" points day so I started the day with a cheese omelet (1 egg + 1 egg yolk, 3/4 oz regular cheddar cheese cooked in a non-stick pan sprayed with PAM), a low-fat muffin I made last week (Krusteaz, 2 pt each muffin. I made a box worth and then froze them) with real butter, the first time I've had butter in 3 weeks, and then an orange. It was a huge breakfast for me, but only 7 points (my usual breakfast is 4).

I'll have a similar rest of the day, choosing higher point foods, while still remaining within the points range. Then tomorrow will be another low day. I can do that easily.

I'll be curious to see what happens with my next weigh-in, though I'm still at the point where weigh-ins are not a problem for me. Moving to the Wendis plan and adding exercise will definitely affect me, whether that results in weight dropped or just inches starting to shift. The important thing is sticking with it.

Friday, January 25, 2002

I did it! I did it! I did it! I joined the health club. And I even almost sorta liked it. I'm very proud of me. You can read about it here. I"m planning on going 5 days a week, taking weekends off. I am feeling so good about myself today! And the eating is going just great. Absolutely no problem, no temptations, no nada.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Well, I never thought I'd be having this problem on a diet: eating enough. My level right now is 30-35 points and I'm averaging 22-25. They say you should eat at least the low end of your points range. Today I'm working to eat more. It's easy to add some "treat" thing, but I'm trying to fix larger meals today that use better foods than Skinny Cow (in fact, I'm not buying Skinny Cow this week).

I'm doing something else I absolutely can't believe. Someone suggested I join a group that goes to a health club at 6:30 every morning. Me? At a HEALTH CLUB? I'm seriously thinking about it...I'm going to call about it today. I just can't believe I'm actually thinking about this. The most energetic thing I've done in the last 50 years is walk upstairs, and then only when I can't find an elevator.


Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Second weigh-in yesterday. Lost another 4 lbs. 8.4 total right now (and I was disappointed when they forgot to give me my star bookmark, even though I was dreading the spotlight!). It's working well. I'm feeling good. Yesterday afternoon I had a bad case of the munchies and instead of eating something, I heated up a cup of fat-free chicken broth and drank that. It got me over the hump. I also checked out The Wendis Plan which makes a heck of a lot of sense to me. I'm not having trouble losing on the WW diet right now, but this way of manipulating the diet really sounds reasonable and I may try it and see if it makes a difference, even when I'm still in the "losing good" stage.

Sunday, January 20, 2002

I'm proud of myself. I went to a buffet and stayed on my diet. Last night I went to watch the running of the Olympic torch (report will be here when it get it posted). Afterwards there was a reception with tons of food--mostly desserts, but some hors d'oeuvres as well. I ate veggies, 2 small pieces of cheese, 3 shrimp, and 1 oz of sliced turkey. I didn't touch a cookie, and the best thing was I wasn't tempted to!!! I stepped away from the table and didn't even think about going back. It was a very proud evening!

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