Goodbye Poundage

It is a dreary, rainy day here in Alabama and I am struggling to get started with my work, so I thought I would just post a short rambling. First, I must say that though the rain makes it more appealing to stay in bed than to get up, I am thankful that we are getting rain. Our land was pretty dry here, and we still have a good bit of catching up to do!

But rain isn't what I really wanted to talk about. My heart's desire this morning is to blog about something that has recently entered my life, something that I am trying to embrace as best I know how, but struggling to make it a way of life....that subject? Dieting!! That's right folks, Karen and I have finally taken the plunge to healthy eating....and a long plunge it is for those of us who like to partake in the tasty-goodness and comfort of junk food. But before you get all crazy on us about our dieting, allow me to give you the details of the diet.

First we aren't starving ourselves. We still eat. Second, we actually can eat more meals now than we used to. That's right, out with the boring ol' 3 a day meal plan, and welcome 6 count them 6 meals a day! WOOO HOOO.....well sort of. We can eat 6 meals, but each meal must be significantly smaller portions....and significantly different kind of food than we used to eat...or at least prepared differently.

When Karen and I were dating, there was a time when I really wanted to be healthy...and muscular. Mostly just muscular. So I found this diet called Body-4-Life. It is a really great 12 week program that helps you not only eat better, but also exercise. The plan allows for 6 meals a day with a 6 day a week exercise plan. So I did that diet for 12 weeks while Karen was gone to Hawaii for that same amount of time. It was great because when she came back, I had added a little muscle and was probably in the best shape of my life (which isn't saying too much I don't suppose). Well anyway, the 12 weeks ended and so did my commitment to healthy eating and working out.

NO MORE MY FRIENDS. I am now back on the wagon.....sort of. Karen and I have a new found desire for healthy eating and perhaps trading a few pounds for muscle. As I mentioned before, we can still eat, but we are eating different foods....lots of grilled chicken and steamed or raw vegetables. We have discovered the displeasure of brown rice (not like mom used to...this is like brown rice that sorta tastes like fluffy grass).

But my biggest change in diet is that I am doing my best to quit eating altogether by 7 pm. Oh man, this is hard. I mean I've gone to bed the last week and a half with my stomach growling. Usually about 8:30 I would be eating some popcorn, or a fudge round, or some cheese and peanut butter crackers, or some ice cream, or a brownie, or a cookie, or a candy bar, or the whole refrigerator topped with ice cream (what can I say, I love sweets). But now, I just push through the hunger, hoping that as my stomach growls, it finds some fat to satisfy itself.....ewww..the thought of my stomach eating my own fat.....that's nasty!

Well anyway, so Karen and I are almost 2 weeks in and things are going relatively well. She is really great with buying the food and motivating me. We make a pretty good team when we set our minds together to do something. The one big thing I have to work on is adding the exercise back in, which is pretty hard when 3-4 nights a week you don't get home until 8pm. But NO EXCUSES! We're gonna do this right. So the next time you see us, perhaps we'll look a little bit healthier!

Here's to eating stuff that doesn't taste good, but is good for you!!


Good deal man. I'm having a hard time getting motivated on my diet. I'm sort of "freestyling" my diet right now, which probably means at best I will break even. Gotta get an exercise plan that I don't mind doing.

March 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

Good job, Matt! I hope it goes well for you.

My problem isn't eating too much or snacking, my problem is insufficient exercise. When I lost all that weight in 2005 it was because I was walking/running 30 min. everyday.

I've started bicycling but I am not regular enough with it. Thanks for the motivation, man!

March 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM guys are gonna take a break from it while we're there aren't you? I HAFTA have my snacks! ;)

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