Day One!

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Mon, 10/16/2006 - 2:14pm.

Day one has been good so far.  I am so excited! I weighed in this morning and I have already lost half a pound, but that was because I was already learning what to eat and what not to eat.  Weighed in at 192.5 this morning.  The snacktime thing I thought was silly, I have now learned my lesson, I can now see the use, it is going to really help. 


I am planning to record everything the day after so you can get a feel for what I am eating each day.  I am also noticing that I am drinking more water than I thought.


I do think the diet smart plan is the way to go. On Friday I

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T minus one and counting

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Sun, 10/15/2006 - 3:53pm.

Today I got a HUGE waterbottle.  I plan to fill it up with ice water as often as I can tomorrow and stick closely to my daily meal plan.  Last night I binged on my moms lasagna. 


Wish me luck, next stop, 145 lbs! and a size 8.

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Bootcamp over, let's get started

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Sat, 10/14/2006 - 1:55pm.

Emily stayed home yesterday from school, she had the sniffles and a slight fever. I spent most of the day reviewing online want ads. 


On the other hand, I am excited about starting my diet on Monday.  I am confident I can do it.  I got to play with the works version of my food diary to get used to logging all my info in each and every meal.  From what Nicky said, I have to do this every time for the first six weeks and then I can do it mentally as a habit. 


Couple of things to comment on as I have finished my diet boot camp.  First, this program is extremely responsive and supportive.  They have replied quickly to every one of my requests so far, I really wasn’t expecting that, but it was a pleasant surprise.  I can see that they really care about what they do and want me to lose weight.  The second thing I want to add is about the plan itself, I like the ideas that seem to make it work.  I like the calorie counts everyday and then I get as many free foods as I want when I am hungry.    I like how I focus on my weight loss and diet first before trying to start exercising.  I like that I do not have to buy anything other than a kitchen scale.  I like how I can use this plan in my regular life and not have to go crazy.  I like that I get to eat so often (that is genius) and I can have anything I want that I like.  I like the meal plan, it is easy to follow and there isn’t anything that I don’t eat or have a problem with. 

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Ready to start

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Fri, 10/13/2006 - 3:32pm.

I finally feel prepared to start my diet.  The difference in this time versus other time is the amount of time in my preparation and how well I have equipped myself for this time.  In the book, it tells me to get a support team.  I have my diet coach Di, who has been really good about making sure that I keep in contact.  I missed sending in some information and she followed up after a day to make sure I get it in.  I have to send in my weekly food diary for her to review, I am pretty sure she is going to stay on me to stay under my calories. Nicky is my other support team member, she can help explain things and help me when I am feeling weak.  I also can call Di at the toll free number, but I am using that as my last resort.

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I am a COW!

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Thu, 10/12/2006 - 10:31am.

I have resorted to looking at monster.com to find something.  I am now looking at sales training and consumer marketing, ick.  I think if I get my foot in the door, I can move up the ladder quickly. Anyway, my networking lead didn’t work out so I am going to start from scratch. 


I am going to have one last gasp this weekend before I start my program in earnest next Monday.  I have noticed that even though I am not on the program yet, my little diet boot camp has already began to work, I am really becoming conscious of what I am eating and my bad habits.  I was completely unaware of how often I would grab whatever was available and would stick in my mouth even though I wasn’t even hungry.  In the ebook, it is called grazing and I was really a COW!  Yesterday I noticed that I had would walk by the kitchen cabinets where the Pringles are and would grab a handful ( had to make myself feel better after hitting rock bottom on the job search).  I did that three times before I realized it!  I wasn’t snacking, I was just eating out of boredom.  I also broke down and bought a digital kitchen scale and a bathroom scale yesterday to get ready for Monday.  I also called Nicky yesterday to tell her the news, she laughed and then cheered me up, she thinks that I am turning the corner.

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Another Day in Diet Bootcamp

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Wed, 10/11/2006 - 4:21pm.

It seems the longer I am on this diet, the more I realize that I really was not aware of what I was eating.  I was not conscious at all of how many calories I was eating.  That is my take away this morning as I passed up the drive thru for a mcgriddle.

I read the book yesterday and I really hit home.  my copy has notes written all over it.  The best thing is that each chapter has 2 or 3 tips at the end and a summary, but it is a very quick and easy read.  I really connected with it and the personal story, but here is my summary of a few notes jotted down. The concept of free foods is genius.  Nicky was right on this one, free foods are definetly the way to go to lose weight without being hungry.  Free foods are basically vegetables that are cooked healthy.  If I eat a volume of them I will be too full to eat other crap.

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Lessons Learned

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Tue, 10/10/2006 - 9:42am.

Last night I checked my email.  Got a long email from the folks at diet smart on their little program and how to make it work.  basically, they want you to be accountable to them and send in your food diary (you download that when you get your access) and then you send it in every week for them to review. They also want you to post to their message boards to interact with other members for support.  I guess that will be ok since I can do it in my slippers and robe with my coffee.  They also wanted me to send them my starting weight, 193 lbs, and my target weight so they can put together a meal plan for me.  I also am curious about this snacktime idea, you sign up to get reminders on when to eat.  I am fat, I don't think I need a reminder on when to eat, I eat when I am hungry!

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I am now on a diet

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 9:33am.

This is my last diet.  I admit, I am a bit excited.  For two reasons, first, I am heading to a business luncheon this afternoon to do some networking and I hope to get some leads on a new position in brand marketing.  Second, I am starting my diet smart plan diet!!!!

I went to the website after putting Josh on the bus, and for Patricia, www.thedietsmartplan.com, (my neighbor who is quickly becoming my fan wants the website listed more often) anyway, I clicked on the middle big button and signed up.  I got a step by step list of stuff to read, blah blah blah.  Called Nicky right away.  She said I needed to take a week, read the book, get the guides, and then start next Monday after I get a clue.  Wait a minute, I have to study to be on this thing?  I started with the checklist which was one page, skipped the see your doctor step since she is going to tell me to lose weight and I felt a sense of accomplishment.  

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Tomorrow I start my smart plan diet

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Sat, 10/07/2006 - 4:21pm.

Nicky forwarded me an email she got when she decided to join.  Yeah, Suzie Sunshine is cheerleading me to victory……I thought is was a bit elementary, but I guess when you have tried everything, then you start with baby steps.  I don’t know how I am going to do with the weighing in twice a day either.


On the other hand, I am now 193 lbs, since I started blogging two weeks ago, I guess that not having the kids in the house all the time and eating whenever I can has led me to some really bad habits.  This diet better not be organic (YUCK) or ask me to cook, keep it simple sister. 

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My surrender

Submitted by Janetcooper07 on Sat, 10/07/2006 - 4:14pm.

After a couple of weeks of feeling sorry for myself, I woke up one day and I swallowed my pride, called Nicky again and agreed to do lunch while Mom watched the kids.  She would fill me in to get a better understanding of what she was doing.  She wasn’t there so I left a message. Until she called me back, I decided I would look online at this fantastic little diet that she was on. 


My research turned up that The Diet Smart Plan is a relatively new thing and is based on another diet book (yippee! Sarcastically).  There is a website www.thedietsmartplan.com.  I went to the website and it was clean and well organized, didn’t yell at me and wasn’t junked up with tons of words.  I played around, got the jest, and then did more research to understand what exactly she was doing.  Armed with a page of notes, I was ready to sit down with Nicky.

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