My Weight Loss Journey- June Update

By on June 1, 2011

By Prudence Lay –

I love turning my calendar to June and realizing all that it represents. The entire summer is still stretched out before us and the rainy and cold spring weather is (hopefully) mostly behind us.  I can’t go to a graduation or wedding without feeling hopeful that the cycle of life continues even in the midst of tough times.   June is, for me, the month of hopeful beginnings.

As April and May unfolded, I recognized that stress is not this particular dieter’s friend.  Both of these months brought me many challenges and on many occasions, I was tempted to throw in the towel and just eat a bowl of ice cream.  I am happy to say that I was able to overcome that temptation because I know that I would only be unhappy with myself for giving in, and that food was not going to help me fix my problems.

I recognize that many people lose weight when they are stressed, because they feel unable to eat,  but my body seems to want to hold on to every ounce it has, while at the same time ramping up my appetite for cake, candy and potato chips.  Even though I was tempted, this is the first time I can remember that I did not buy one piece of Easter candy. I will admit though that I thought about malted milk eggs frequently!  As the picture of those delectable treats came to mind, I would remember my goal and realize that the price of eating candy would not be worth the cost of gaining (or not losing) any weight.

As of this writing, I have lost 24 pounds, and as my goal is a 30 pound loss, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have been faithful to track my points on the Weight Watchers site and make sure I measure my portions.  I have actually dined out a few times and have made good choices and taken half of my entrée home for someone else to enjoy.

I also spent time looking for treats that are low in “points” and discovered two products that I absolutely love.  The first is Fiber One Brownies.  These sweet treats are individually wrapped so I can carry one in my purse and at only 2 points each they are a great solution when I feel a chocolate craving.  Next, I discovered individually packaged cookie crisps by Nabisco.  The box has an assortment of favorite Nabisco cookies in little 3 point bags.  Amazing!  The portion size is good and they satisfy my sweet tooth.

In addition, I have been walking 3 – 4 miles each day as many days as I can.  Now that the warmer weather is here, it is much more pleasant to get outside and exercise.  Walking is fabulous for your overall health and is also a wonderful way for me to talk with the Lord.

When we meet up next month, I hope that summer has truly arrived for all of us and that I can report to you that I am almost to my goal.  Until then, be sure to enjoy all that June has in store for you!

With more than three decades of home interior design and international travel experience, Prudence Lay has developed a sharp eye for how to create inviting living environments and adventurous travel experiences.  Currently Prudence and her family reside in Sisters, Oregon where she is enjoying her latest adventure as Home and Travel Feature Editor of LivingBetterat50+.

About Prudence Lay

With more than three decades of home interior design and international travel experience, Prudence Lay has developed a sharp eye for how to create inviting living environments and adventurous travel experiences. Currently Prudence and her family reside in Sisters.

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My Weight Loss Journey- June Update