I have an alarm set on my iphone for 5:30AM…I named the alarm (a perk of the iphone alarms) Get Up and WALK…the extra motivation for walking at this time of day is that my sweet husband is going to get up and walk with me…it’s early…I’m not a fan of early…BUT…I am a HUGE fan of any quality time with my hubby and he actually suggested that we do this together (a first!) and so I shall get up…I shall walk…and I might come back here and crash after…but I’m gonna get up every morning this week at 5:30AM and WALK with my husband…so I’m off to bed now with a happy heart!

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So maybe the week before my monthly monster appears AND the week that I have actually logged enough driving miles to get me from my house to Miami (quite a long drive by the way)…MAYBE this wasn’t the best week to start a diet…BUT HEY…is there ever a good week? There’s always gonna be things to trip us up, right? While I have not been completely carb free this week I have done my level best while eating on the go to eat the right things and keep the PMS chocolate cravings at bay…I haven’t been perfect but I haven’t been horrible…I have stayed away from sweets altogether…that’s a BIG DEAL for me…and most of the carbs I’ve had came in the form of things like carrots and corn…I got some potroast at a meat and 3 one day for lunch (as it sounded better than say a burger) but I’m pretty sure the pot roast gravy had flour in it and it had carrots and potatoes…and last night at my small group we had a Mexican themed supper, and having not had time for lunch yesterday I allowed myself the carbs that were included in my Mexican meal…there…I’ve said it…I have not been completely carb free this week…but I have been completely honest about it. Now…since I’ve spent so much time in my car this week I have had lots of time to think about my “failure” and decided not to call it a failure…I have done many positive things and I’m choosing to focus on those and not what I did wrong…I haven’t sat on the couch all week…I haven’t layed around the pool doing nothing…I have gotten excersise, I have eaten less on the whole and as well as I could considering I wasn’t preparing any of the food…so all in all I think the week hasn’t been a complete waste…I’ve started a process that I will improve upon next week when my life is a little more back to normal…baby steps…one at a time…day by day…
I will not allow my eating indiscretions force me to give up…
I will move more…eat less…and I will not give up!

So…I’m going with Atkins…well I’m going with a pretty strict Atkins diet for at least a month…protein, veggies…I will probably go against Dr. Atkins on the Splenda issue…cuz…well…I can’t live without iced tea…and iced tea without being sweet is just cold brown water…just sayin…BUT I will, like I said keep it pretty strict for at least a month to break the sugar addiction I have…not just sweets…but bread, potatoes, bread…did I mention bread…and so I’m going cold turkey…putting myself into the “Betty Ford” of eating for a month…I’ll probably be grumpy, have headaches and generally be a pill to be around for the next few days…so this will also require prayer…(if you’re reading this you can toss one up for me if you want…I won’t mind at all ;)) The one thing I don’t like about a high protein diet is how expensive it is…it’s much cheaper to have a cup of coffee with toast in the morning than to have eggs and or bacon or something…WAIT…let’s make that 2 things that I don’t like about the high protein diet…nothing you get to eat is really crunchy…it’s all quiet food…and as weird as it sounds, you start to miss eating something crunchy…but it’s only for a month…I can handle anything for a month…right? After the first month I will probably allow carbs back in, in maybe veggies and whole grains…and keep my carb intake at about 50 grams per day…

Um, and NO…I didn’t start this weekend…I needed to get groceries and put things in the house that are allowed…so…Come Next Mon. i.e. tommorow, we begin…however…I did have a bit of encouragement today…My husband picked Chinese for his Father’s Day lunch and my fortune cookie said…(see pic below)…So here we go cyber world…we’re on a diet together…