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Don’t Just Diet, Change Your Life

Posted by larends on November 15, 2014
Posted in Health and Fitness 

101_0071I was watching the Today Show the other day on NBC and they were talking about some of the most popular diet programs like Weight Watchers and the Atkins diets.  They said that these diets have similar results in weight loss, but they may not be successful long term.  Below is a link to the article and video.

http://www.today.com/health/5-ways-make-your-diet-stick-good-1D80283815

The reason they are not successful long term is that people that try these diets will follow it for awhile, but then when they quit following the plan they go back to eating unhealthy and gain the weight back.  The key is not to think of it as a diet, but as a new way of life.

I know it’s hard to imagine a complete change in the way you eat, especially if you eat a lot of unhealthy foods.  I used to drink so much pop (aka soda) that I couldn’t imagine giving it up.  Years ago I even drank it for breakfast.  I didn’t used to like milk, but now I love it.  I also loved candy bars.  I ate king size candy bars on a regular basis.  I rarely ate fruits and vegetables.  I ate a lot of fried foods and fast food was a weekly stop.  Fortunately, in my younger years I didn’t gain weight easily, but the unhealthy eating eventually caught up with me.  When someone asked me if I was pregnant (which I wasn’t) when I was wearing a big sweater, I realized that I needed to make a change.

I started doing research to find out how to lose weight and get healthy.  I started off by cutting back on pop and drinking more water and milk.  Eventually, I eliminated pop altogether.  Now I don’t even like the taste of it.  I now crave water and milk and drink them every day.  I quit eating king size candy bars and switched to snack size, then I gradually cut back on those.  I started eating more fruits and vegetables.  I stopped making fried foods and avoided fast food restaurants.  I also started exercising on a regular basis.  I made these changes over a period of years.  It didn’t happen overnight.  I lost the weight I had gained and now I’m close to my ideal weight.  I feel so much better now and I feel healthier than I’ve ever been.

I’ve watched people I care about struggle with weight loss and then give up.  I watched them sabotage themselves by going back to old eating habits.  I’ve also heard others that disregard their health until they or someone close to them have a major health scare.  Then they realize how important it is to take care of themselves.  I want to help people realize how important exercise and eating healthy is before it’s too late.  This is my passion and I feel called to help these people find their way to a healthy life.  I know it takes time, commitment and patience, but believe me, it’s totally worth it.

Don’t Let Temptations Make You Give Up

Posted by larends on November 9, 2014
Posted in Health and Fitness 

glass-of-ice-waterWell, I picked a difficult time to try a healthy eating challenge.  I chose right before Halloween and before the turkey dinner fundraiser at our church.  I always buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters just in case we get any, which we didn’t.  Plus, my son likes to go trick-or-treating, so we have plenty of candy in the house.  I’m always assigned to make 4 pies and squash for the turkey dinner.  I also work at the dinner as a waitress, so I’m tempted by the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie.  Of course, I want to support the church and I love the food they make, so I brought home takeout meals.  We also had a potluck at work on Halloween, so that’s another temptation.

So, I started off the challenge great.  I was drinking a lot of water.  I stopped drinking milk, which wasn’t as hard as I thought.  I ate eggs and fruit for breakfast.  On the days I didn’t have time to make eggs, I had a boiled egg prepared.  I had salad, fruit and veggies for lunch with water to drink.  I cut out cereal and crackers.  I cut back on bread and rolls.  I gave in a little here and ate a roll, a tortilla and a bun from sloppy joes at the potluck.  I didn’t beat myself up over giving in to a few things.  I just tried to get back on track.  I never realized how many things have gluten.  I exercised 3 days out of the week.  So, the bottom line is that I didn’t stick to all the steps of the challenge in the first week, but I lost 3 pounds.  Now, keep in mind, the 3 pounds was from the weight I put on when I was not exercising or eating healthy, but I was excited to lose it.  I did enough of the right stuff and really watched what I ate, so it made a big difference.

This just shows that any changes you make can make a difference.  The extra water I was drinking helped keep me hydrated and I felt full, so I didn’t eat as much.  By replacing the milk with water, I was drinking fewer calories.  By cutting back on rolls, cereal, crackers and other foods with gluten, I ended up eating more fruit and vegetables to fill me up.

A lot of people get frustrated when they try a new diet.  They give up too quickly.  This is the reason many people say that diets don’t work.  They don’t stick with it long enough and they go back to eating whatever they want.  Most diets have a lot of restrictions and it’s hard to stick with it.  A diet or healthy eating challenge doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  If you give in to some temptations, don’t just give up.  The important thing is to be more conscious of what you are eating and make more healthy choices.  I think I eat fairly healthy, but I have my weak moments and I sometimes eat foods that I know I shouldn’t.  As long as I don’t do it all the time and I get right back on track, I can usually maintain my weight.  Losing weight takes a commitment to eating healthy and you have to be fairly consistent with those choices, but if you stick with it and don’t give up when you make a bad choice, you’ll see results.  Just be patient and remember if you lose weight gradually, you are more likely to keep it off.  Good luck and keep working at it.