Saturday, January 26, 2013


I am a week into my new lifestyle change. It hasn’t been easy, but nothing good is. I have been drinking water and on most days I am close to 6 cups. Today is the first time we are having a reward day—this means we can have one treat, this time it is a cup of soda for us both at lunch! So excited!

Anyway, as I am counting calories for us both at every meal it is really opening my eyes, especially when you look up the calories of any restaurant. Holy Cow and to think we used to get an appetizer, over 1000 cals, then a salad, 200, then our own meals, another 1000. Often times we would get a milk shake and you guessed it, another 1000cals. Even the “Lil Shooter” desserts are crazy high in calories.

Yet we wonder why American has an overweight problem….WAKE UP PEOPLE !!!
(Duste loves it when I say that!)

Restaurants were supposed to post calorie count; instead they hide them on wrappers and in brochures on the wall where no one stands. (McDonald's) Others only post some of their food choices with calories on their website—meaning you have to plan ahead on where you are going to eat and what you are going to eat, something people rarely do. Basically, most fast food is out if you want to stay on track with your calories. Some chain restaurants offer healthier choices, such as fewer than 550 calories meals at Applebee’s and Chili’s. But stay away from everything else!

You also need to watch what you make at home. We are trying to eat more fiber and whole grains. These will make you feel fuller longer, which is always a good thing! We are also trying to stay away from everything white—bread, sugar, pasta and so on. With dairy we are going low fat or no fat when possible. Can you believe in a 1/3 cup of shredded cheese there is 100+ calories!

I am happy to report we are both working out now. My Duste has started a fitness routine on Wii Active 2! I am still doing my cardio workout 4xs on Wii Fit, seeing the personal trainer 2xs and walking Ivy as often as we can, weather permitting.

Drinking water isn’t getting any easier but I am still sticking with it! Duste has always been a water drinker so this isn’t a big change for her but I could count on one hand how many times I had drank water in my life. Because of this I am going through a detox of sorts. All this water is cleaning out my system and it isn’t fun. I am embarrassed to admit I have had loose poo, gas, belly cramps and some bloating. The Internet assures me this will pass and to drink water to help it.

On a positive note, it seems Duste and I both are finally figuring out when our bodies have had enough! For example, a week ago we went to Applebee’s and ordered a 550cal meal. We split the meal and didn’t seem to be full. The next week we each got our own 550cal meal—we could each only eat half of our meal! Woohoo!

1 comment:

  1. im proub of you most people say the first week of a diet is the hardest. Most people quit after 2 weeks or so. But a diet is no fun, however a lifestyle change is good and natural.