At the time I was going through my separation, I had hit the biggest point I had ever been on my weight at 201 pounds. With all of the drastic changes I was going through at that time, I was geared up to work on improving me and becoming everything I had been told I couldn’t be. One of my biggest goals was to be thinner and healthier. My biggest setback to this goal, however, was myself. I hate dieting, love food, and who has time to exercise? I have seen so many names come and go in the diet world such as Atkins, South Beach, and the Zone, but I never could find one to fit me and what I knew I was willing to do. It took some doing, but I finally found my groove again, and I’m 45 pounds lighter for the effort.
Food has always been an obstacle for me. Everyone I knew had been doing the low carb, no carb, or only certain carb thing, and it broke my heart. I like sugar (real sugar only) in my coffee, pasta, and baked potatoes. I am a very busy, working mother of four, and didn’t have the time or energy to count this or that or make a separate meal for myself, or order expensive, tiny meals from some company.
Instead, I focused on eating lean proteins, such as grilled chicken or fish and substituting my fattier sides with steamed veggies. Portion control did play a part, although I refused to deprive myself of eating until I was full (within reason of course).
To keep my portions down a bit, I would get a large meal at lunchtime and split it into two meals. For example, I would get a large grilled chicken breast with two side items, eat half of the chicken and one side for lunch, and eat the other half with the second side item for dinner. I would try to consciously snack wiser by grabbing some of my favorite fresh fruits, a protein bar, or a handful of almonds in between meals. The trick was snacking on lower fat, lower calorie, higher protein foods. This boosted my energy levels and helped me to cut back on my caffeine intake as well.
As for exercise, I really began seeing the weight drop when I began waiting tables. I noticed that all of the walking was doing my body good and took the hint. I would walk to as many places as I could as opposed to driving and would even take little opportunities at work such as squatting to lift heavy trays and keeping moving. As I got in better shape, I started walking and exercising more. The apps available at runtastic were super good motivation to keep up with my workouts and track my progress, and they even have a really cool points system with rewards. The more I work out, the better I feel, and the more I want to work out.
I lost a total of 45 pounds in 6-8 months, and am still going. I give myself a cheat day every week to indulge in something salty, greasy, sweet, etc., and I never feel deprived. I think this is very important to keeping on a good diet plan. Instead of really pining over that bowl of mac and cheese, I know I can have it on my day off as long as I am good the rest of the week. I have moved up to light running, and am planning to train for my first 5k this summer.
Nothing against anyone who wants a name for their diet or needs a strict regimen given to them, but I have found my answer within myself. Simply telling myself I can and making a few wiser choices.