I’ve got to lose 20 pounds, so I started dieting four days ago. I’m not starving myself, but I’ve cut out the sugar-laden foods that I’ve been gobbling up after 10 pm on a pretty consistent basis. This includes cupcake frosting, the crumb topping on the cakes David brings home religiously (he swims 75 minutes a day and weighs three pounds!) and assorted candies. I was never big on sweets until three years ago, when I quit drinking. I’m still treating myself to a little bit of sugar, such as a teaspoon of jam on top of 2 percent fat cottage cheese or a tablespoon of raisins.
I’m also cutting back the calories and fat I consume. I’m not prone towards moderation, so I can down a half a jar of peanut butter in one sitting. Peanuts are ok, in small doses, but that much peanut butter has over 1,500 calories and over 1oo grams of fat.
This is not the first time I’ve been intent on losing a meaningful amount of weight. I lost 45 pounds in 1988 and kept most of it off for almost 12 years and I lost 40 pounds about three years ago but didn’t keep it off long.
I don’t look terrible and I feel pretty good but I know I will look and feel better 20 pounds thinner. The first week is the hardest. It was murder to keep my mouth away from the double chocolate milkshake David had at an outdoor market today or the pasta I made for him at dinner. One taste here and there is okay, but like I do with the peanut butter, I don’t “taste” so much as “devour.”
Luckily, I can be disciplined when I set my mind to reaching a goal. I’ll report back once a week with my progress. Join me if you want to lose some weight, too. It’s always fun to do something with friends.