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When you need to recommit to your diet

By Lisa Spodak ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com
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Starting weight: 209
Last week:  206.5

Week 7 Weigh In:  212.5
Change:  +6

Week 8 Weigh In:  210.5
Change:  -2

Week 9 Weight In:  209.5
Change:  -1

Overall change:  +.5

So, I’m kind of embarrassed that I pretty much disappeared from this space for a few weeks. 

As you can see above, I had a really bad week in Week 7, gaining six pounds (lots of emotional eating).  I also, very conveniently, had a busy day at work that Wednesday and just didn’t have time to write.

Then it was hard to own up to having a really bad week, so I kept putting off writing again until it felt “too late.”

But then I decided to look at the past seven weeks as a success because I haven’t gained any weight, instead of a failure because I haven’t lost any weight, and I’m feeling back on track.

I haven’t decided yet why I think I’m not losing weight; I’m not sure if the eDiets program isn’t right for me or if I’m just not following it closely enough.  I’m going to give it a few more weeks before I render a verdict, including one week where I follow it very strictly.

Also, inspired by my successful experiment following the Amy’s Diet last year, I think I might try to switch things up a little by trying a variety of different programs. 

I think one thing that helped me stick to the Amy’s plan was the understanding that I was only committing for one week.  So what I’m considering doing is choosing a diet plan, following it as closely as possible for a week, and then switching to a week of using Weight Watchers or basic calorie counting for higher flexibility.  I think knowing that I have a week of flexibility coming up might make it easier to be more strict when I’m trying to stick to a plan.

The plans I’m interested in trying are the eDiets Mediterranean Diet, the Prevention Magazine Flat Belly Diet and some kind of diet food delivery program.  Have suggestions for something I should try?  Email me!

This week’s goals:

  1. Week 2 of the Couch to 5K!
    I really hate running, but I’d been hearing great things about the Couch to 5K program which is designed to help non-runners get to a point where they can run a 5K.  I completed Week 1 (though it took me about a week and a half); now I need to bump up to 90 seconds of running a shot for Week 2!
  2. Get in at least 1 workout this weekend while out of town on a quick trip to Florida
  3. Research and decide on a food delivery program to try
  4. Try 1 new recipe
  5. No eating after 10:00 PM (that may sound ridiculous but I’m a night owl and I live in New York City, eating dinner after 8:00 is a fairly frequent occurrence for me – but 10:00 seems a reasonable time to turn off the light in the kitchen!)


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