So it's been a month of dieting now and I am sitting on just over 14 lbs gone. I've found were my failures are (eating out) and where I'm successful (creative low calorie dinners). I've found somethings that work really well for me (weighing in everyday) and what is a total failure for me (free days have been changed to extra calorie days).
I'm at the point where I can start adding in exercise now since NaNoWriMo is now over (I won BTW). I'm really thinking 2012 is going to be a good year for me. Come spring time I'm going to look into joining a running club here in Red Deer depending on how my joints/feet are feeling by that time. I'm hoping that losing the weight will help a lot there, but will, at the very lease, help a little.
And of course, I am going to keep transforming and working with my diet. Although, to be honest, this isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change. I guess that means I'm more likely to be truly successful, but the "diet" part comes first and the exercise part is working it's way in.
Next week I fly home for Christmas - which will be interesting. Bonus - I do most of the cooking when I'm at my parents house because I like to cook and I'm a better cook than either of my parents. Negatives - it's Christmas. How in the world am I going to resist the temptation of eggnog, chocolate and a giant holiday meal complete with dessert? How about all the restaurants that I know I am going to have to go to because I miss the food so much?
I know those two weeks are going to be tough. I know that going Memphis Blues BBQ House is going to send my calorie count through the roof. I just hope that since I know these things, these dangers, that I will be able to minimize or avoid them.
And of course the very best thing, I can't even tell you right now. Only a few people and my coworkers know the surprise I have in store for my family when I step off that plane on December 18th....there is no public acknowledgement of this surprise save for this post and a single tweet.
Damn, I'm so excited.