I’ve been glancing through a bunch of blogs lately and have noticed a couple of things that are worth mentioning on here.

1) most diet and exercise blogs just sort of trail off and it is apparent that the writers have either given up on the changes or given up on writing. I am guessing the former is more often true.

2) most food blogs write about food as a reward

I’m trying to get out of food as a reward or food as a special treat so I can be more mindful and eat things that are nourishing rather than just yummy. Date nights too often center around going out to dinner (because then we have a chance to talk) and a movie rather than an activity. So I am going to use my list of goals to determine rewards that have little to nothing to do with food.

Mini-goal 1: 205 (met 11/26/12)  – new iPhone (this seems excessive but I have needed to order it for a while)

Size goal – 14 – go to the movies by myself

Mini-goal 2 – 185  – pedicure before vacation

Size goal – 12 – a nice knife set, especially for cutting vegetables. This is food related but is more about healthy eating than eating as a treat.

Mini goal 3 – 167 – really nice boots – Frye? or maybe these from Country Outfitters

Size goal – 10 – Adipose earrings!

Goal weight – 150 – spend $1,000 on new clothes

Size goal – 8 – designer jeans

Hmmm, I can’t seem to finish. I need some new ideas. What else have I been/should I be coveting?

And I am renewing my commitment to continuing to write about this journey. It is a way of being accountable to myself and that is what being healthy is about.


This round of HCG is set to last 40 days. The “lose 40 pounds in 40 days” is a bit of a stretch but my goal  is to go from a starting weight of 215 to 185 by Christmas.

1) eat only according to plan

2) no more than 2 cups of coffee per day

3) 1 gallon of plain water per day

4) 30 minutes of walking or gentle yoga each day – there are a lot of yoga classes available now on Hulu

Why am I doing this?

1) energy and quality of life – I feel tired too much

2) I was on WW for 4 months and lost only 4 pounds

3) this diet is gluten-free and I know I feel much better without gluten

4) this diet is basically a paleo diet and I know I feel better without grains

5) my blood test this summer showed I was pre-diabetic

6) I want to look better in clothes – I’d love to be in size 12 pants (in 16 now) by Christmas

Eventually I’d like to get down to 145. My plan is to meet my initial goal of 185 and, after being in phase 3 for a few weeks, do another round of HCG to get to 165. From there I would like to follow a strict paleo diet (again with lots of vegetables) and go to CrossFit classes at the gym.

Mini-goal 1: 205 (met 11/26/12)   Size goal – 14 (met 12/7/12)

Mini-goal 2 – 185    Size goal – 12

Mini goal 3 – 167    Size goal – 10

Goal weight – 150    Size goal – 8

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