Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Challenge

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!

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

A fellow challenger stopping in to wish you luck! You made me LOL with your comments about buttons - I am SO the same way!!! LOL!

Karen said...

Well, I am one of those silent ones. I have lost some and gained some so many times in my life that I am tired of making it public. And I really don't want my family who lives on the other side of the country asking me constantly how it's going. When/if they see me again, they'll be able to see.

Meanwhile, I'll just plug along on the WW plan.

Robin said...

I love the buttons too! I'll race you for the first one!

Southern Girl said...

WW online worked for me! I'm like you -- there's no way I'd survive a low-carb plan. To me it doesn't make sense to cut out that sort of thing just to lose weight, because it's the rare person who will cut it out for LIFE. Better to learn to eat all things sensibly.

I hope you have lots of success whatever plan you choose!

Mrs. Darling said...

Ive joined thsi challenge too. Wishing you all the luck in the world.

Mama Bear June said...

Is Fit for Life written by the same guy who wrote "Flip the Switch"? My brain is fried and I don't have my book with me so I can't remember the author. He had some really great info and tips about flipping on your metabolic switches. Keeping moving, drinking lots of water, getting plenty of oxygen (most of us breathe too shallowly and don't get the oxygen we need), getting sunshine, high protein start to your day, etc. Easy stuff we can ALL do. Right here with ya!

losing it said...

Good luck with the Challenge. I'm pretty sure that together we can do a lot better than we would do on our own.