Obesity has always been a huge part of my entire adult life. I gained about 60 pounds at the birth of my oldest son (who is now 50) --and that weight (plus more) has stayed with me off and on for years and years. It has controlled my life in so many ways, with my weight ballooning up to almost 300 pounds a few times. Some overweight people don't mind being overweight. But for me, my weight has ALWAYS been a big issue --and that is why I lost and gained ALOT of weight all through the years. I have tried almost every diet available at one time or another, and succeeded most of the time, with the 'losing' part.
MAINTENANCE AFTER losing. I could always lose weight ---about 100 pounds several times during my life (which is the worst thing one can do to his or her body). What I never paid much attention to was how hard it would be to KEEP the weight off. I will admit that keeping the weight off is MUCH harder than losing it. If you think that losing the weight is hard, just wait til you get to maintenance. I don't want to scare you, but it's true.
Don't Give Up. The other thing to remember is not to quit---if you have a bad day or week. Keep on--keeping on. Be PATIENT!
REST/SLEEP---and keep a fairly regular schedule. Some programs can be overwhelming... Do this--do that!!!!! Stress can hurt us! We may not be able to do it all ---but we can move at our own pace--one step at a time. Did you know that the SLOWER you lose weight, there is a better chance that you will keep it OFF? If you lose fast, you have a better chance of gaining it back.
WALKING. I wear a pedometer --and keep track of my steps every single day. Works for me!
EATING HEALTHY is very important ---and you need to tell yourself that once you are at your goal weight THAT the journey is just beginning!!! We MUST continue to eat healthy for the remainder of our LIVES. As the books all say, this is a "Lifetime Change".
Remember to stay away from FAST FOODS... This is the huge downfall of today's fast-paced world. But--even if you don't enjoy cooking, there are ways for you to eat healthy... Just work at doing it!!!!
WATER is very important --and something I have NO problems with... We are supposed to drink 64 oz per day---and many days, I'll drink as much as 100 oz... Drinking 8 oz when getting up in the morning gets the system working properly. Also drinking 8 oz of water about 30 minutes before meals keeps you from eating as much. Drinking water helps with your digestion --which I need help with since I struggle with constipation. Another thing which helps is the proper amount of FIBER...
SCALES every Friday --no matter what---is important for me. I can get the good new or the bad news, and then know what I need to do that next week. I have kept track of my weight since beginning this latest process in April of 2011 (when I weighed about 244 pounds)... YIPES.
most important thing for me to do is KEEPING A FOOD JOURNAL. I started this when visiting a nutritionist while losing the weight ---and have continued to keep the journal through maintenance. I have faithfully done this --writing down everything I eat --every single day since beginning this process over TWO years ago. This isn't always easy since it takes TIME and EFFORT. BUT--it keeps me accountable --and it also helps me to get the proper nutrition.
Here's the nitty gritty which works for me! In my food journal, I count total fluid, calories, fat grams, carbs, fiber and protein. When I was dieting--I stayed at about 1000 calories a day. My doctor doesn't want me to lose more --so I am trying to stay where I am. Now--in maintenance, I stay about 1500-1800 calories per day (plus or minus). I try to get a minimum of 60 grams of protein, 64 oz of water, less than 30 grams of fat, 75+ carbs (good carbs)--need the carbs for energy, and 25 grams of fiber. As you can imagine, I work hard with my eating to keep this all in tact. BUT---for me it's working. I have stayed about 135 lbs. for over a year now ---and am amazed that I am learning to do this, AND being able to eat most anything I really want (within reason). The key is to eat slowly and eat small portions.... I can do this---and I AM!!!!
excuses for not losing weight. BUT--even for people who are limited in their movement or even those on medication, they COULD do it ---if they wanted to badly enough--and would most likely become much healthier. Carrying extra weight--no matter what your condition--is NOT good for your body. I so desperately want to say to those people that they do NOT have to live like that. I do also notice how much 'junk food' people buy to eat --who are already overweight... Just breaks my heart. I used to be there! NO MORE for ME!
Taking control of ME over food (instead of allowing the FOOD to be in control) is a good feeling ---and giving up all of that junk food is worth every bit of this hard work. I beg you---if you need to lose weight ---start thinking of yourself and your future. If you know someone who needs to lose, please don't 'shame' them.. Just pray that they will see the light. You CAN change ---and make a difference. I am the example!!!!
IF you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God Bless each and every one of you!!!! I couldn't do this without God and without George. We all need that special support system.
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