January is the time most people write resolutions, start diets, clean out closets or a variety of other things that for most of us start strong but end up on the ever lasting “To Do List”.
I started this blog to talk about low fat cooking and a low fat life style which for the most part after 7 years I still adhere to. I still choose low fat options but am not quite as strict as before. I have gained some of my weight back that I lost but although I still am eating pretty good I fell into the habit of not doing enough exercise!
Even if you cut back on fats, carbs, sugars or go on a total plant based diet you still need to MOVE. Many of us forget that part of the equation. I am not going to condemn any weight loss program because we are all unique individuals and what works for one will not always work for someone else. Right now my son and his wife are doing the Whole 30 weight loos program. When I first looked into the program it didn’t look bad but then I saw you were limited on fruits and veggies (because of the sugar content) I was turned off. I have issues with any weight loss program that limits my fruits and veggies. Which mighty be why some people move to the Plant Based Diet. From what I have hear Docs say this is not a good diet choice for a long period of time because it’s hard to get all the protein that we need in our diet. I would have a hard time with this eating style because every time I turn around I find signs everywhere about a Listeria outbreak so don’t eat bla,bla,bla. That is super scary in so many words. Maybe we need to have more community green houses so we can grow our own veggies all year around and not worry about contamination.
So what are we to do if we want to loose some of those extra pounds? Well first if you are a woman and you are dieting with a guy be prepared that he WILL loose the weight faster than you do (at about any age). The second thing is we have to try small things first. Jumping in with both feet and cutting so many things from our eating style will usually make us crash and burn with the whole concept of loosing weight. For a lot of us if we cheat or make one mistake we feel defeated and want to quit because of the guilt for falling off the wagon. By taking things in small steps we can usually stick to the plan. Let’s take soda/pop try removing this from our eating style. Even if you already drink diet soda/pop try eliminating it, Replace it with water or a flavored water that you make by infusing fruits into it. Still need the carbonation/bubbles? Not a problem you can find sparkling waters that do not have any sugar or very limited. People I know have lost 5-10 pounds by doing this (as well as exercising). A friend was using soda/pop for her caffeine fix so she had to switch to tea because she didn’t like coffee. It took her a few weeks to find some tea that worked and satisfied her taste buds but she leaned the market is flooded with tea flavors as compared to years back.
After a month of cutting one thing out of the eating plan try one more pitfall item you know you have Like no more fast food. Yes, I know that some of you eat on the road or time is very short at lunch time so therefore planning is extremely important. Get into the habit of making a lunch by eating left overs or create a different salad style ( just be mindful of your dressing) if you like those. One place I would say is ok for fast food would be Subway but I do worry about the salt content in their meats, There are lots of cute containers to put lunches in so shoot down that eating plan is tough 🙂
One of the other things we need to remember is it takes time for the weight to come off for most of us. The extra weight didn’t go on overnight so if you want it to stay off it will not come off overnight. Some of my friends say “I don’t like to just walk on a treadmill”! My comment to them is well guess what the gym you belong to has more than just treadmills. Try using an elliptical, rowing machine, there are usually 2-3 different types of bikes. Try them all! I tell people I don’t just walk on a dumb treadmill for 30-40 minutes a day – can you say boring? I use the elliptical for 15 minutes (working my way up in time but this machine kicks my butt) and then I will bike or walk the rest of my time. I do weights in between. Mix it up and find what works for you. Complaining is easy but all it does is bring negative energy to you. Trying makes you feel better and the endorphins literately make you feel pretty happy and proud of what you have done!
Let me know how your eating style is working for you. Maybe you have a new style that could work for some of the rest of us! What ever your do, never give up.