|My Inspiration Outfit|
During the rest of the trip I kept thinking about our goal to lose weight and wondering how I was going to do it and then it just popped into my head - the plate method. If you know anyone who is diabetic, the plate method is a quick and easy way to watch your food and make sure that it is balanced. I really hadn't been eating balanced meals, in fact, I wasn't even sure why I had been gaining weight because I really didn't eat much. I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a bowl of cereal for lunch and sometimes even for dinner (another sign of depression, you don't want to eat). It was the only thing that even sounded good.
|Plate Method - Breakfast|
The day after we got home I started, I weighed and measured myself, I even took pictures. I cut out all the sweets, added lots of water, I would have a handful of almonds twice a day as snacks and started using the plate method for all three meals. I did allow myself one cheat-treat a week, sometimes it was a shake, sometimes a piece of cheesecake, just something really yummy! I was hit and miss on the exercise, but got at least three days a week in. I was amazed because it was working! Reducing the quick burning carbs to the size of one-fourth of a plate and adding in the fruit and protein has made all the difference.
Another component that I added was "Releasing Anger." In the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay under the category "Fat" it has individual categories which say, "Arms - Anger at being denied love; Belly - Anger at being denied nourishment; Hips - Lumps of stubborn anger at the parents; Thighs - packed childhood anger" so I decided releasing my anger had to be part of the weight loss plan.
|The punching bag|
I have been following this plan now for over a month and I have lost 11 lbs., 12 inches and 7% body fat. I still have a long way to go, but this is definitely something I can do for the long haul! I still can't zip up the skirt in my inspiration outfit, but I can get it on, so I'm moving in the right direction!