Sorry I took a long break from the blog here. It wasn’t that I lost focus on losing weight or exercising or reading anything and everything about health and wellness. Those things are always happening in my life no matter what.
In fact, I began a rigorous exercise program 3 months ago and have dramatically changed the shape of my body. I mentioned somewhere on here before that I would take photos to show a before and after effect. I was doing just that, but then I started to notice something that was irritating me…I was changing the shape of my body by building muscle, but I was not losing any weight (talk about stubborn!). You may also be aware that too much rigorous exercise can increase one’s appetite, offsetting the fat loss one hopes to lose while sweating and dying to such routines. So, I’m keeping my workouts to under an hour and a half. But usually, it’s just an hour a day. My long 2.5 hour Sunday walk is out. Walking is great, for beginners, but if you want to really see changes, you must up the ante.
So back to that non-weight-loss problem. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhh! Full Charlie Brown style. I have become one irritated person and it is time for the big guns. I was really hoping that I could lose weight by eating a sensible number of calories, thus not lowering my metabolism and causing metabolic damage. Let’s just say I have, during my absence, taken every road for that plan and no weight has been lost. I have maintained weight, which is great and useful for later on, but I need to drop these 25 pounds now!!! I don’t want to wait any longer (not that I’ve been waiting, it’s been more like an exercise in futility for 3 arduous years).
Therefore, I have gone back to an old flame. The one diet that I lost considerable amount of weight on about 13 years ago, is now in my possession. Since reading the book that was written about it, I have realized that this particular diet is now defunct across the nation. Not because it was a bad diet or had problems with it’s requirements; actually, I don’t know why. The phone number listed for more information connects you to a “Win a Cruise for 2!!!” hotline. A website does not exist. The only thing that keeps popping up on Google is about a “Fat Chick on a Diet” complaining that because she wanted a bite of fudge at Christmas, she wasn’t going to go on the diet and sent all the materials back (LOSER!, or, not really). One of the main important features of the diet is to have an accountability partner or leader help you weekly with your lessons and progress. This person checks your food diary and goes over your workbook answers and discusses anything that may need to be addressed. That is the best part because the accountability holds you, the dieter, responsible and makes you think twice about eating that “forbidden food.” The diet is called PRISM.
I will go into more detail about it in another post (I ordered from Amazon an incomplete workbook for phases 1 – 3, but there are 4), but for now I just wanted to inform you that along with my fitness regime I now have a rigorous diet plan. It isn’t easy or flexible. It does work though, and that is the bottom line. For some of us, we need strict adherences. Even a little bit of leeway opens the door to temptation which then leads to failure. This has been my pattern and I want to end it as soon as possible. For now, my accountability partner will be you all 🙂 and God. I’ll share my weekly food journals with you on Thursdays from the previous week.
more to come….