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I'm on day 3 of trying to get my body back under control and would really love some input!
I only have about 15 lbs to lose which I know doesn't sound like much, but I'm a very small person (short, small frame) so it's a pretty significant change. Worst of all though is that none of my clothes fit. I mean truly cannot zip/button etc. It's awful.
This is what I've been doing so far. Let me know if you have any additional suggestions or if you notice something wrong!
~ I've cut out coffee - This is mostly because my reflux is really bad right now but also because I have several teaspoons of sugar in each cup and I'm trying to eliminate sugar and stay away from artificial sweeteners.
~ I'm trying to eliminate sugar - Some of this is easy. I'm having zero sweets and no "obvious" sugar at all. I'm also being very mindful of "hidden" sugars but haven't been able to eliminate them entirely. For example I had a little bit of salad dressing yesterday that had about 1 gram of sugar and I ate some Tums that had 3 grams. I don't know that I'm going to be able to eliminate sugar entirely but I'm definitely limiting.
~ Eating "good" carbs - I'm eating lots of whole grains etc... but staying away from things like white flour and potatoes etc.
~ Cutting out alcohol (temporarily LOL)
~ Not letting myself get too hungry - I can't say that I'm doing 6 small meals, but I AM having healthy snack between meals so I don't get over-hungry which is when I usually over-indulge in the "bad" stuff
~ Lots of lean protein - I'm not officially doing a high protein/low carb diet, but I am trying to be sure to get plenty of lean protein
~ Exercising daily - I haven't exercised regularly since before my 2 1/2 year old was born :-( I'm about to log-off and do my 3rd day of exercise in a row! So far I'm doing about 10 minutes of warm-ups, 20 minutes of cardio, and some abs - daily. And every other day I'm including some light weights
~ Upping my water intake - I've cut out diet soda completely and am drinking lots of water
I don't have a scale so I don't plan to go by weight (although I know from my last dr.'s visit that I'm 15 lbs heavier than I'd like to be). I'm going mostly by how my clothes feel (as I mentioned above, nothing fits anymore). But I also did some measurements last night so I can have something solid to look at for encouragement.
Here's what a typical day has looked like so far in terms of food:
Breakfast - 2 eggs
Snack - plain greek yogurt and an apple
Lunch - salad with leafy greens, grilled chicken and low-fat cheese
Snack - whole wheat crackers with Laughing Cow cheese spread
Dinner - Grilled chicken with guacamole, grilled carrots and peppers, brown rice w/ lentils