Losing weight is a struggle. Two years ago, I lost 10 pounds on the Dash Diet. Then, I got bummed out about Christmas and decided that drinking beer and wine and eating chocolate was the way to get through it. I gained 15 pounds that winter and could not summon the willpower to lose any of it. My weight just kept creeping up and up.
This January, I really didn’t feel well at my current weight. My feet hurt. My back hurt. Then I had a birthday and I turned 59 and I felt like I didn’t have enough time to do the things I wanted to do with my life. The most important thing to me was to lose weight and get into shape It was a no brainer. I need to feel better to do the things I want to do.
I had a hurt foot which limited my exercise abilities. I started counting calories, drinking the required amount of water, and doing low impact aerobics in my bare feet. I went to the foot doctor and got a cortisone shot and special orthotics. I lost a few pounds during the week and gained them back every weekend when my husband I went out for dinner and/or drinks. It just wasn’t working.
In February, I discovered the Military Diet. I like it so much better than the Dash Diet. I eat a very Spartan diet for 3 days and have 4 days off. I can do it. You get ice cream in the evenings. Some days are harder than others but I can eat sparingly for 3 days knowing I can have whatever I want on the fourth day. I have lost 10 pounds although pound 9 and 10 are up and down so I should probably just claim to have lost 8. The good news is that the these eight pounds are staying off even after a 10 day vacation. I have continued doing my low impact aerobics, added a little yoga for relaxation and flexibility and some weight lifting for strength. Lately, I have been able to increase my routine by walking 10,000 steps 4-5 times a week. I am surprised how much lighter I feel after losing just 8 pounds even though I have a lot more to lose.
Currently, I am on a weight plateau which is very frustrating. I am being careful to drink my water and walk or exercise my 10,000 steps. My focus is on calorie counting and eating better on the 4 days off. The days off are my biggest problem, especially the weekend. I need to satisfy my food cravings in a low calorie increments and I need to be able to go out with my husband on weekends. I am researching and trying to figure out how to accomplish this.
The Military Diet is crazy but it works for me.