I've decided to start a diary to help keep me on the straight and narrow!
So today Tuesday 4th January 2011 is the first day of the rest of my life.
read the book - tick
read the stickies - tick
set a target - tick
met some lovely people on this board - tick
started - YES!
Thanks for all the advice so far and I hope you will continue to help me - so please go ahead and jump in if you think I've missed something or have any ideas to help.
I have a feeling I may be on here a lot........
Edited to include my first ever Minimins post on 3rd January 2011 - to complete the story
Baseline & advice for newbie
Hi everyone, nice to meet you. I am just about to start Atkins and would appreciate some advice.
First some background: 42, mum of 1, was always happily curvy when younger at 90kg, then post baby 100kg but a cuddly mummy, went on the scales today and it's 112kg which is BMI 37.4 (5ft8)
OMG - how did this happen! Being feeling pretty rough after eating & drinking far too much over xmas - read the atkins book 2 days ago and fairly convinced this sounds reasonable. Did a run around my kitchen and can see that carbs are my problem. Have borderline BP problems and pretty convinced that health probs will follow shortly
So.....great I know I need to start. I've tried the odd low calorie diet in the past but I cannot give up enjoying food and wine plus anyway hardly lost any weight. Also recently upped my exercise but just an excuse to eat more pasta.....!
So the advice I need please:
1. target weight - I am thinking of setting 90kg which is still a BMI of 30. reason is that I can remember being happy and healthy at this weight, have some beautiful designer clothes that I refused to throw away plus this seems in reach.
Does this seem reasonable? Should I target a better BMI?
2. short term weight goal & speed - I am going on holiday beginning of april and would be great to have a shorter term goal that is realistic assuming this is a lifestyle change not a crash diet. What would be reasonable as 3 months on atkins lifestyle?
3. I am not a dieter as believe they make you fat - but then look at me. So hoping that you can help me change habits & give me support