Both hubby and I are currently carrying around about twenty excess pounds. Well, if I were truthful (and what the heck, I'll do just that), I'd have to admit it's more than twenty for me, but I'll lose the first twenty with him and see how it goes from there.
My present fat face pictured above.
Before the holidays, we had talked about going a bit radical after the first of the year and cutting out all grains, sugars (both manufactured and natural), and all carbohydrates including veggies such as peas, squash, potatoes, carrots, and corn that are high in starches. We even considered cutting out all dairy. Then we came to our senses. (Whew!) With the plan we're starting, we won't lose the weight as fast but cooking sure will be easier by being a little less restrictive.
We are cutting out any and all desserts and breads. (Waaah!) No eating in between meals except if we're extremely shakey, feeling faint and starting to go into shock. Then we can have fresh, raw veggies (all prepped and ready in the refrig) or fresh fruit or some cheese. We've always been good at drinking a lot of water but even a glass of that does help trick your tummy into feeling full when you think you're hungry.
No beer or glass of wine while sitting in front of the fire last thing at night. No popcorn. (I'm feeling a little teary.)
Our portions are going to be much smaller. (For some reason cooking less than what would serve several people has always been hard for me. But that's okay. I'll freeze the excess or use it within a couple of days.) What goes on our plate is all there is for that meal. Absolutely no large portions or seconds.
This is the hollow-cheeked look I'm going for. (Can you tell these photos haven't been edited?)
We're going to stick to this religiously for only one month. So even if we hate it, we know the end is in sight. It's our hope that by the end of the month's time, we'll each have seen enough lessening of our girth (and a couple of other places) that we'll want to continue on in some way.
So here goes. January 10th through February 9th. More than half the battle will be in training our minds to stop thinking about special tasty tidbits to pop into our mouths for instant gratification all through the day. (My bad for having same special tasty tidbits available. No more!)
Wish us luck. A couple of years back I lost close to thirty pounds in three months while eating only healthy foods, but trying to find enough food with the restrictions at that time was hard. Our present plan shouldn't be nearly as difficult as that. We can do it!
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