One Week Down…I Did it!

For a girl that LOVES, LOVES, LOVES salty chips and creamy dips and could eat cheese morning, noon and night, the thought of giving up dairy and chips for awhile is like those horrible dreams where you are free falling to your death and suddenly awaken sit straight up in bed heart pounding, sweating profusely and taking deep breaths.

Well, I did it!  One week down in my journey to a new, healthy body.  Before I began, I made the decision that if I was going to take on this mission to lose weight and get healthy, I would work the program the way it was designed.  For a girl that LOVES, LOVES, LOVES salty chips and creamy dips and could eat cheese morning, noon and night, the thought of giving up dairy and chips for awhile is like those horrible dreams where you are free falling to your death and suddenly awaken sit straight up in bed heart pounding, sweating profusely and taking deep breaths.  You’re thankful that you made it out alive but things feel a little off kilter and shaky.  But I’ve made it for one whole week, no shaking, no heart pounding and no profuse sweating.  It looks like I am going to make it.

I was surprised that once I got into the rhythm of grocery shopping for lots of veggies (which was not on my usual grocery list, who needs veggies when you have cheese?), it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I would have thought.  The foods from RenuU are pretty tasty so combined with lots of water, veggies and one cooked meal a day, I haven’t even been hungry.  Now when I say lots of water, most people are required to drink at least 64oz. a day…my husband’s question to me was “how are you going to reduce your water intake that low?”  The truth is, I drink anywhere from 96-120oz a day and have for years.  So, if you’re not a water drinker, you might need to pretend you’re in the desert and water is your life saving nectar.

I’ve been super lucky; I didn’t suffer from the withdrawal of sugar.  No headaches, no nausea and no cravings but I know that others have a tougher time during the first week.  Must be a sign that I’m doing the right thing!

So on to what you want to know. ..the results for this week.  Besides the fact that for the first time in a long time, I was able to zip my jeans WITHOUT sucking in, I lost 4 pounds and 3-1/2 inches in 7 days!  A great start, now onto the next goal…going down a jean size.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life…

The saying goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”, so I have decided to make this first day count!  For years I’ve lost weight, gained weight, lost weight and then gained more than I lost.  Over the past year I managed to lose 14 pounds and keep it off.  However, a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and I suddenly realized that it was now or never, I needed to make some life changes…for the better.

That being said, it’s not always easy to take that first step.  As I said, it was months ago when I was diagnosed and it took me that long to make my decision to work on my new lifestyle. Knowing the holidays were right around the corner, I decided to wait until after I was faced with parties, drinking, eating and celebrating…why set myself up for failure at the very beginning!

I did do the right thing, got my baseline blood work and discussed my new program with my doctor.  We set up an appointment for 2 months from now to retest my blood work and see how I’m doing following the plan.

I know there will be challenges along the way, moments of weakness but that’s why I have a diet coach to call on if I have a question about my food choices or keep me on track and a group of girlfriends that I can call at any time for support or to just wallow in self-pity momentarily before they tell me to suck it up J

But the thing I’m most proud of for today???? I met a business acquaintance for coffee/lunch.  I had water with lemon and coffee.  He had chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, collard greens, cream gravy, a roll and cornbread. And, I wasn’t even tempted!

I decided that one of the best things I could do for myself was to blog to keep myself on track and honest.  I invite you to follow along, comment and share your successes (or setbacks) and let’s support each other in a healthier, happier life!

P.S.  I’ll post photos along the way…as soon as I can find the “perfect” ones to share 😉