Tell other people (family and the blogosphere) I was planning to get in shape.
Make goals so I know if I'm winning or losing.
I had no idea
I drank minimum of 8 glasses of water a day. In fact, there were probably only 2 days that I drank that little. Usually I drank 12-14 glasses. Sometimes I drank 16. Once I had 20.
I learned that I should keep my sodium intake below 2300 mg.
I ate my 5 a day fruits and vegetables. There were only a handful of days I didn't get enough.
I learned that I did NOT want to lose weight fast. My goal was to lose 1% of body weight per week to make sure I wasn't losing muscle and inhibiting my metabolism.
When things slowed down and I didn't seem to be losing even half a percent a week, I UPPED my calories and dropped the weight.
I averaged (while nursing an infant) 2200-2600 calories daily.
I didn't deprive myself. I learned about portion sizes. I discovered that if something was low-fat there was a good chance it was either high in sugar or sodium.
I tried to eat whole foods with less processing. But I am busy and a mother of 7 and therefore must be realistic with my time and money. Oftentimes, sadly, processed foods are much cheaper. Happily, they are making less of an appearance in our home and meals.
I did eat Cheetos, ice cream, butter, fast food, even French Fries a handful of times. But I kept things in check. I didn't order the large fries or just eat Cheetos out of the bag. I measured out portions so I could make an accurate journal entry. I realized that oftentimes, one serving was plenty for me.
So, yeah. I didn't feel deprived. I don't feel like a slave to the food scale or label. I feel like it's liberated me.
Now, after measuring so often, I can eyeball portion sizes pretty accurately.
I find myself craving vegetables and fresh fruit more.
I'm not as tired in the afternoon. 2-3 p.m. used to be my low-energy, low-motivation and self-control time. It was the time of day I was most likely to eat processed junk food or candy for a pick-me-up.
Here's to the next 100 days!