Before I start, let me say that I am astounded at how much progress people have made since my last post. Most everyone is still at it. Way to go! I am humbled by your efforts and successes.
I've been gone a while, but not much changed since my last post. For about two years, I've been on the Teaching Diet
The Teaching Diet
works like this:
1) I eat whatever I want.
2) During school, I generally don't eat much during the day because I'm too busy.
3) I tend to run about once a week in an attempt to retain sanity (I teach middle schoolers).
The Teaching Diet
has pretty much kept me at 178. Every once in a while I get to 175, and sometimes I get above 180 (like holidays). It's not bad for weight maint even it not that healthy.
Last week, I got back from vacations and the like and the scale said I weighed 183.5, so it was time to do something before things went real bad. I have opted for the the Don't Eat Like a Chowderhead Diet
. It works like so:
1) I know the dumb stuff to eat, so I just don't eat it. *
2) I know about how much is a reasonable portion, so stick to that.
3) Try to eat unprocessed food.
4) Eat lots of fat free microwave popcorn. **
I weighed myself this morning, and I am at 181.0. A 2.5 lb loss in a week is good. I'm shooting for 1 lb/week. I had some challenges because I had a party and a birthday during the week. On my birthday, I had an ice cream cone figuring that this was a reasonable treat on my own damm birthday. The piece of blueberry pie at the party was, admitedly, just a Chowderhead
I'm going to see how far I can get on this diet . My goal would be to get to 172 by October 5, 2009. If I get stuck along the way, I'll consider other options. Perhaps back to Weight Watchers.
Glad to be back.
* Lady Lean
seems to be using a similar strategy.
** Note: Rules 3 and 4 do conflict. Oh well. Microwave popcorn is the methadone of food addiction. It's crap, but better than the other crap you're already on.