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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The World of Dieting

Do you know how many diets there are out there? I seriously googled the words diets today and there were 73,500,000 results! Not being able to sort through all of them, I just went through the ones that I thought looked the best. However, I wasn't able to come across anything that didn't cost a lot of money or that really seemed it would work for me and my schedule. SO, I decided that I am going to go back to the Atkins diet. My dad and I did this together back in my senior year of high school and I lost over forty pounds on it. At that time, I didn't start off as big as I am now and I also didn't stick with healthy lifestyles after my first year of college. In fact, once I hit college, I was anorexic and lost weight in pretty much all the unhealthy ways until I gained it back! 

Now before you say that the Atkins diet is bad for you... there are actually ways of making it healthy. My dad and I really just watched our carb count and our portions. Actually, we more took TIPS from the Atkins diet now that I think about it! We also got a good amount of exercise every day and that was all it took. It was actually a lot easier than you think. Our diet consisted of two boiled eggs for breakfast, a spinach salad for lunch and maybe some grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner or a boca burger (no bun) and veggies. You can mix it up how you would like. We also substituted Splenda for sugar. We actually HATED this at first because we thought it tasted disgusting, but to this day I would much rather use Splenda! Just make sure you are watching your portions and drinking PLENTY of water (they also say that cold water helps speed up the metabolism). 

I have decided to try this again, but if you are thinking about dieting yourself, don't take my advice. Find what works for YOU! I am NOT an expert at ALL. I can only speak from my experience and what has worked and not worked for me. Don't starve yourself! That will only lead to over eating later because you are so hungry. Do what feels right for your body. Everyone is different. I am hoping that this works for me as well as it did last time! I will weigh myself once a week (that is what I like to do and I know that everyone is different) and hopefully will see that weight come off. I know there are stereotypes in the world and that everyone does not have to look the same, but I am not happy in this body. Depression already runs in my family and I have seen it in myself in the last year. Being able to look in the mirror and like what I see will vastly improve my life and happiness. I want people to look at me and see a healthy, glowing person who respects herself and her body. I don't want to be a size 2; I want curves and to feel like a real woman. I think a size 8 would probably be amazing! I will know when my body gets there. So, until next time, my friends! 

PS- I want to thank those of you who commented on my last post! It feels great to have people who don't even know me personally be able to support me! I hope that I am successful in this journey and I hope that it can give you support to do whatever makes you happy! I feel that all women are beautiful! Please don't let anyone make you forget that in yourselves!

2 comments:

  1. hey girl, i think this is very inspiring. Just make sure to be healthy about your dieting, and remember that self confidence does not have to be reliant on the way your body looks, there's also so much more to life like finding happiness in your career, in your family and social life and in doing things like helping people, traveling, whatever it is you like to do. I think that a blog is a great outlet and you can inspire others and get feedback and what not. also, come visit me!!!!! =D
    --Your cousin Jenny

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  2. Your cousin Jenny makes some great points. There is more to who we are than our size. I want to lose weight so that I can more fully be me. By that I mean, my weight is interfering with the things I like to do, so it is interfere with who I am meant to be. Even though I am huge (really, I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not), there are things about myself I love.

    I think trying to be more healthy is a good thing. I am doing the same thing myself. But don't allow your weight to define who you are in your own eyes. Your family obviously loves you, so you must be lovable. Draw some confidence from that!

    BTW, I'm trying Slimfast™ right now. We will see how it goes. I, too, am tweaking the plan here and there to what I think will work better for me.

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