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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Well I was at work yesterday, and I was sharing that I had joined the Discovery Health Weight Loss Challenge, but found it very hard to keep track of calories. First, I have done weight watcher so much in the past, that points in just stuck in my brain. Second, the DH web site was terrible at being able to find your food and then account for it. When I looked for rice a lot came up, but not just plain rice! My co-worker told me about spark people. Later in the day I took a look at it. It seems awesome! What a great way to keep track of food, exercise, and so much more! I spent a long time on the site yesterday once I was home, and I am on again this morning. I really do like this site. I sent an email to my friend and neighbor to see if she will be my weight loss buddy. I think that in addition to the great support here online, I need an flesh and blood person to talk to, to cry with, and to exercise with sometimes. I am really trying to set myself up for success. I am going grocery shopping later today to be sure that I have healthy food to choose from and that I have healthy snacks for when I am hungry between meals. For me, that is usually after dinner, during the hours of 8-10 pm. I don't know why this is the time that I am always hungry, but it is! I really don't know what to do about it. I have read in many places that it is not a good idea to exercise before bed, so then I end up trying to read, or crochet, but I am still feeling hungry!! I am hoping that if I have some low calorie snacks available, then those can help me through that time of night. I ended up going over my calories a bit yesterday, my first day, but considering that I had not planned to start yet, I am not too concerned. I really think that today is my first day and my first steps. Yesterday was just a warm up! I need all the help that I can get.

I told my family that I really counting on them to help me too. There is no way I can do this on my own. Trying to lose weight over the past 15 or so years has only gotten me here. My biggest problem is not starting, it is staying with it when I hit a plateau. Those KILL me! I am planning to take this very slow and steady and hoping that doing it this way will help to avoid the plateaus. I hope I'm not crazy to think this.....
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