Who Else Wants the Secret of Losing Weight?

Has there ever been a time when you wondered if you’d ever “get it”? Whether it’s something as little as making a good batch of cookies, or figuring out a computer program, or as big as wanting to know the secret of life?

I’m sure more then half of the human population want to know the secret of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I’ve always wondered if I would ever figure it out. I mean I know what to do on paper: eat right and exercise.

But how do you make yourself do it and maintain it? How do you get yourself through the stressful times and keep on track? How do you make yourself go exercise like you’re supposed to?

I don’t want to “speak” too soon, but I think I might be getting it. I do have a big incentive though: keeping my blood pressure and cholesterol down. It’s helping me make good decisions and changing my lifestyle. It’s a very slow process, but still changing for the better. Here are some ways that are helping me stay on track.

1. Cut back (a lot) on fat and sugar. Replace it with fruit and veggies.

2. Portion Control. I tell myself that if I can just taste it, it will be enough to satisfy me and I don’t have to eat the whole thing.

3. Eat very light dinners, mostly vegetables. And don’t eat after 7:00.  Sometimes I’ll save the dinners I make for the family and have it for lunch the next day.

4. Exercise. There’s no way getting around it. You HAVE to move. But I have to have more than one type of exercise or I will get bored and quit. I have 3 types that keep me going now; walking the hills, (because I have to walk the dogs), stationary bike, (because I can watch t.v.) and Zumba, (because it’s just fun)

5. Have one day to eat whatever you want. Saturday is my day to eat junk. So when I get a little grumpy during the week and I want to eat that piece of pie, I tell myself that I can have the  whole damn pie on Saturday if I want, just wait.

6. Weigh yourself once a week. I have to weigh myself to monitor how I’m doing. Sometimes I’m quite surprised of the outcome, good and bad. Maybe when my “lifestyle change” is more secure and consistent, weighing in won’t be so important.

So, this is my lifestyle now. Maybe it will be like this forever or only till next month! I’m hoping for forever!

Also, New York is just around the corner! I am feeling the usual stress that comes with traveling. More info about it next week.

Kim.

(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

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  • Veronica

    You can be my new best friend:-)

  • Heather_M

    Love the post… cut back on fat AND sugar. Darn. Sugar is next on my list to cut down on and I may have to actually find a fruit I like. Thanks for the simple reminders!

  • All really good ideas. I try to follow them myself but its hard! If I could add one thing – I think having a friend (or a small group) who is also working towards a healthier lifestyle is really, really helpful – someone to check in with, call or e-mail when you want that piece of pie, or to exercise with. I’m kind of missing that and sure would like it.

    You’re doing a great job!!!

  • Dawnda

    It’s funny how ‘doing the right thing’ seems so much easier when it isn’t for ourselves.

  • Kim

    Hi Suzi! Yes, the emotional part is why nobody will ever learn the secret;)

  • I think you have clear thoughts about this, but it’s not our thoughts, or cognition that have us successfully losing or gaining weight, but our emotions. “Knowing” what to eat and how to eat it is only a part of the solution. Being conscious of our emotions and physical triggers are the other parts of our mind, body, spirit solutions. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts Kim.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    You know this is a great post and it has me thinking that maybe I can make one small change by going back to just my salads for dinner and start there. You do look beautiful these days so your hard work is paying off. Of course, a week from now you’ll be dining on NY food…