My husband and I set out together to lose weight. My primary goal was to eliminate the added pounds that made my work with preschoolers diificult. There’s a lot of kneeling and squatting involved. Getting back on my feet was an ordeal. I also wanted to fit back into an entire closet of size ten clothes.
This desire to lose weight existed for both my husband and I, but we only half-heartedly pursued it, especially when our gym membership produced strained muscles without any positive changes to our physiques. We blamed our inability to shed unwanted pounds on our age. Our attitude changed with a hair appointment. The newly slim figure of our hairdresser did it. While he trimmed off my spilt ends, he explained how he went on an Atkins program and lost fifty pounds in the last year.
Would you eat something that would stack the weight on, increase your dental bill, affect your mood negatively, cause wrinkles, and multiply your rate of heart attack? Of course not, that may be why you try to avoid fast food or candy bars. A regular size yogurt has more sugar in it than a candy bar that you denied yourself in your effort to lose weight. Don't get me started on drinks.
The movie, Killer at Large explains in detail how the obesity epidemic occurred. It is amazing how many opportunities we have to impulse eat that never existed twenty years ago.
Nope, I don’t want to make it easy for that weight to find me. Instead, we eat mindfully, aware of the origin of our food. It’s harder to find food that is sugar free, but it does exist. Check out my blog where I rate various low carb recipes and food products. In fact, I am getting ready to do a Thanksgiving blog.
Most successful weight loss plans are a version of the Atkins diet. It is basically the same diet used on The Biggest Loser reality show. Keep in mind, those folks do five hours of exercise a day too. Don’t expect your results to be as fast, but do exercise around thirty minutes a day.
Was it hard? Was it worth it? The first two weeks were tough. Now, it is more planning than anything else. We do eat items like nachos and pizza, but we buy the mixes from a LC Foods. We even go out, but have a list of restaurant that serve healthy alternatives. Occasionally, we have a splurge, but not too much. I remember all too well the work and time that went into losing the weight. Ironically, since we’ve grown used to a diet of fresh fruits and veggies, the occasional ‘normal’ dessert is too sweet.