Well, my guest has left, and we had a great time talking and going places. Of course, I did not want to take the time away from her to blog, but I did miss it. Here I am again!
This week I am starting on a 1400 calorie diet in order to remove about 20 excess pounds. I have done this before (quite a while ago) with success, but those 20 pounds always come back. Maintenance is a problem, and I need to figure out a way to handle this. My target weight is 159 lbs. which is acceptable for my age and height.
My neighbor, whom I walked with every morning, has gone up to the NC mountains for the summer, so I have played hooky from walking the past couple of weeks. I really did not lose any weight while walking, but it seems that I have put on a pound or two since I haven't been doing it - so maybe it did help. I got out and walked this morning, and it was not so bad walking alone. I used my new iPod for music, but then decided that I like to listen to the birds instead.
In preparation for dieting I have been doing some research on the computer for websites that might be useful. My NetDiary is a free online food diary, although you can upgrade it for a fee. However, the free part is sufficient for me. It is fairly simple to use and helps calculate the number of calories and grams of fat, carbs, and protein in foods that I eat. Of, course, paper, pencil, and a calorie counting book would work just as well if not quicker - but it's not as much fun as a computer program. :-)
Another helpful site that I am using is Calorie Count. It allows me to copy my recipes into the calorie calculator to get a total calorie count for the recipe. There is also a lot of good information on this site.
I don't know why sometimes I simply cannot muster the willpower to diet, and sometimes I can. Blogging about it may help me. Wish me luck! And if anybody has any good low calorie recipes and suggestions for tips that have worked for them, I would greatly appreciate them.
Diet Day 3: Wt. 180.2 lbs Walked 40 minutes