Here we go again… diet drama part 1

183 lbs.  Seriously.  I can assign a good 20-30 lbs of it to graduate school this last year and another 5 lbs to being sedentary at work without an appropriate adjustment to my “diet”, but really about 20 lbs is just eating crap.

So I’m trying a structured program and using my love of Excel spreadsheets to track my meal planning, weigh-ins, and schedule.  I’m doing 6 weeks structured diet, then 2 weeks maint.  If I feel like it’s going well, I’ll repeat that cycle 3-4 more times. 

Given that I was at 127 when I got pregnant with second son, I’m going for that goal.  I’m perfectly willing to revise that goal if I feel like I’m at a healthy point.  I’ve found in the past that I feel best between 125-135. We’ll see how it goes because this is a long, long way to go and I’m just at the start.

Sadly, I was at 163 last fall, just before the insanity with job change and (of course) full-time school with more than full-time work.  I’ll put the same focus into this that I put into finishing school and purchasing our home.

I’ll provide more information once I get through week 1.  I’m hesitant to say much until I know if I’m tolerating my new more restrictive food plan. 



Incremental Progress

Almost everything is out of the rental.  Perhaps 2 vanloads remain in the garage and the cleaning supplies/vacuum cleaners are still over there.  I’ll go in the morning and finish up some detailing that I feel compelled to do, then I’ll be done with my portion.  My honey will get the two vanloads over here and then he’ll be done, except for the walk-through with the property management company.  It will be the end of our fairly transient lives as renters and will also put a period on a time in our lives that was stressful.  I can’t say that I’ll be sad to see the end of that “epoch.”  (And yes, that’s what it felt like.)

We are a long, long way from being settled in to our home.  I can’t put things away if I don’t have a place to put them and living out of boxes and bins is not an option for me.  The hard part is finding a way to create the level of organization we need on what is smaller than a shoe-string budget.  We’re more like on a “lint” budget.

I’m going to make a list of things we need and then my honey and I need to sit down and figure out what we’ll do.  Things we have to consider include:  How much do we invest in our home and what do we sacrifice to do it?  What is absolutely necessary and what can wait 1, 2 or more years?

Something else to think about:  What can we get rid of or live without so that our needs aren’t so great?  I love getting rid of things.  It’s incredibly freeing.  The difficult part is getting everyone else in the family to buy in to it and participate in getting rid of things.

Well, I’m tired and I want to relax before the next round of cleaning and unpacking.  Cheers to all on this summer evening.