Monday, January 30, 2012

10 Days

Today is day 1 of the "ten-day vegetable-and-water-resolve challenge." In the devotional I am reading the author proposes a challenge to eat only vegetables and drink only water for 10 days. This is the point that I reached in the devotional last year and I didn't even try. (I usually have a hard time finishing anything. I like to think that I am getting better with this, but that is also where the blog comes in. It holds me accountable.) I felt kind of intimidated with this challenge. Only vegetables? It just seemed impossible. This time I am giving it a go and I really think I can do it. The author uses the story of Daniel when he and the 3 with him asked to be fed only vegetables and water for 10 days to show that they would look healthier than all the others who were eating the royal food after the 10 days. In the end, Daniel and the ones with him were healthier. This is the inspiration. Now I do not plan on maintaining this lifestyle, it's just a part of the journey. It's a temporary change that will hopefully help me choose better things in the future. The problem with cutting everything out is that when I know I can't have something it makes me want it 100 times more. I think that is a common human reaction that you could apply to anything, but just knowing I won't be having any sugar all week...

Thankfully tomorrow's devotion is about sugar intake. I am sure to learn something that will help.

Also, I have decided to weigh in every Monday. There is a section on the right hand side of the blog entitled "Weighing In."

Day 1 of veggies and water down... 9 more to go. 



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Counting Calories

The first step for me in losing weight is counting calories. I found a great website (loseit.com) where you create an account, put in your weight, your goal weight and how many pounds you want to lose each week. It tells you how many calories per day you can have and when you will reach your goal weight. Then, everything you eat, you add into the system. The great thing is, there's an app for the phone where you can log in with your account and enter what you eat into your phone. You can search restaurants, specific foods or you can enter in your own food if you know how many calories it has. Also, you enter in your exercise and how many calories you burned and it adds those calories into your total you can have for the day.

It holds me very accountable. I'm less likely to eat something I shouldn't if I know I have to enter it into the system. Also, if I eat a big lunch then I know how many more calories I can have for supper and it helps me choose better things or smaller portions.

It's a great disciplinary tool. I just bought the book that goes with it (http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Personalized-Weight-Loss-Revolution/dp/B005IUHYRO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327756422&sr=8-1) that will hopefully help me to make better use of the program and make a better strategy for me. When it arrives and I get through some if it, I will update you on how it is.

Well, I need to get moving. I have a lot to get done today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goals

Here are a few of my goals:
  1. Lose 92 pounds. Now, I know that probably sounds impossible, but that is my goal and I am DETERMINED to get there. (I will talk more about how in the future.)
  2. Organize the entire house this year. I found a great website that gives you one spot in the house to organize per week so that by December 31st, the house should be in complete order.  http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/organized-home.html
  3. Read the Bible through in a year. 
  4. Complete the devotional "Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be" by Donna Partow http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Woman-God-Wants-Me/dp/0800730720/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327551585&sr=8-1 This is a 90 day devotional so once I complete it, I will have to decide which one to do next. I am open for suggestions...
  5.  Stop drinking soda. (Started this January 2nd. So far so good.)
Looks like we're in this for the long haul...