Well, because a few people have been curious what I do for my 'diet' attempt, I figured I'd post a quick summary here. It seems to be working fairly well, as I've lost 23 pounds since mid-December! And I'm hoping I can keep it up, and be down back where I used to be several years ago by the summer.
The 'general to all days' schedule goes something like this:
- Get up.
- 10 sit-ups, then shower and get dressed.
- Bowl of cold cereal and skim milk.
- (Do work.)
- For lunch, take iPod and walk to Subway. With 6-inch lowfat sub on wheat bread, walk to Peet's Coffee for medium nonfat chai latté. Sit at Peet's; eat sandwich, drink latté, work on writing while doing so. When done, walk a little further and then head home. Total walk is about 1.5 miles.
- (Do more work.)
- Evening walk, down along waterfront (another 1 mile).
- Sensible dinner, while watching CSI or whatever.
- 10 sit-ups before bed.
On Tuesdays, lunch is normally a little different; my mom and I usually do lunch on Tuesdays, so we walk elsewhere and I skip Peet's and writing. (Of course, right now my parents are in India for three weeks!) Tuesday evenings, I do Weight Watchers weigh-in with my father, which helps me keep tabs on how I'm doing that week. On Thursdays, I go over to the stables for my riding lesson in the evenings, and on Saturdays I generally volunteer as a barn helper at the stables; mucking out stalls, giving Roman the coat enhancing treatment we are using on him, feeding snacks, helping turn out whoever needs to be turned out for exercise, and so on.
The Weight Watchers point thing actually works pretty well; you have a daily number of points, and a booklet of points values for everything. You also have 'overflow' points each week, which you /can/ use, but don't have to. I'm no longer really religious about counting points, but I know the values of a lot of the things I eat and so I can judge whether or not it's a bad idea... and at least be aware of whether or not I should be doing it.
I don't really deprive myself completely, though; when friends are over, we'll do things like go out for Chinese food or whatnot. Mom and I get small pastries at the café we usually go to for Tuesday lunches. I just do that as an indulgence, rather than a constant now. Cutting sodas from my diet entirely (yes, I know, lots of people thought I couldn't!) probably has also made a huge difference. Drinking a lot of water, and keeping carrot sticks around for when I feel munchy, have also no doubt contributed.
I certainly feel much healthier than I have in a long time! On the downside, I need to find new clothes before too long; the only belt I have is too big now, and only my hips keep my pants anymore...