Ok... I'm in! I'm joining the May Day Weight Loss Challenge. I've been contemplating new goals for a while, since I fell off the bandwagon this schoolyear with all the new Latin and Algebra we had happening in our house. It was just too much for my frazzled mind to take- I needed chocolate! Tales From the Scales is hosting the challenge, and you get cute little buttons every time you lose another five pounds. I like cute little buttons, so for this reason, I am breaking my blog vow of silence regarding weight loss, because generally, I do not like to talk about it! But for a button, I will do it. If you don't care about my weight loss issues, you'll just have to bear with me. I want buttons!
I have quite a lot to lose, but my immediate goal is 10 pounds. And I'd really like to lose it before we go to Houston for Memorial Day week. So I'll be heading back to the gym and my wonderful yoga-mama instructor... As for eating, in this month's Consumer Reports, they ranked the top diet books and the top diet plans. In Diet Plans, Volumetrics ranked #1, and Weight Watchers and Slim Fast were close. Slim Fast??? Who woulda thunk? I have the Volumetrics book, which I picked up on deep discount last year at Surplus City, and it looks do-able. Lots of good food. The thinking behind Volumetrics is that you can eat a lot more food- and feel satisfied- if you are eating foods that are not calorie dense. I've also had success in the past with Body For Life, and I really like the cookbook, Eating For Life. It has "normal" food, with easy-to-find ingredients and recipes that are easy to make. But I'll take a look at all of Consumer Reports suggestions. Weight Watchers Online is offering a free trial this week. I know that low-carb will not work for me- I feel too deprived. I need to make a plan with a lot of "grab-and-go" foods... I don't like cooking to start with, and cooking three meals a day, which is what most diet books seem to have you doing, is enough to make me throw up my hands in despair. So I'll be exploring this next week. Wish me luck!