My sister Brooke and I decided to go on a diet together, as mutual support. I admit I have been really LAX in my eating over the last several years, and it shows. So when she suggested this site: www.loseit.com I joined up and now we are charting everything we eat and how much we weigh daily.
One plugs in one's weight, age and loss goal and it automatically supplies the amount of calories one should eat in a day. But the really cool thing is that you input each food item and it supplies the calorie count, and adds it up and subtracts it from the daily total. Now that eliminates having to think, or do math. I likey.
At first I was not too committed, and guesstimated my weight. I was short by like 13 pounds. So I bit the bullet and bought a new scale, as our had magically disappeared into the garage (Dave took it, I don't know whyyyyyyyyy). This new scale has tenths of a pound, so even if you only lose a tenth, it shows. Encouraging.
This started a whole domino effect. I had to buy food I haven't had in the house for ages, and had to rethink each meal. The pantry got rearranged, the refrigerator cleaned out and little tweaks took place in my day. I even scoured my old Brita filter set up so I could have clear uncloudy tea. (Can't drink coffee without the calorie laden flavored creamer).
Since I am not only doing this for myself, but for the good health of my sister, I am more committed.
And to my surprise, my first goal was met, easily. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to fit into my old jeans from last winter, and that would really depress me. But voila, I slipped right in. Now I don't have to invest in sweat pants for the interim. Ha!
I hate talking about dieting, so this will be the only entry on this subject. Suffice to say, it has been a distraction from the myriad other things going on around here. I am still knitting, waiting for contractors (a skill developed over the years) and making weekly quilts. So now, back to business as usual.