I’ve started this project dozens of times, always with good intentions but not much will power. I am 48 years old, looked in the mirror and said, “Who is that person looking back at me!?” We want to feel better and be more active and have the energy and to do all that we want to do. My goal is to lose 45 pounds. I have lost almost 10 pounds so far. It’s a start. Finally, we’ve stumbled across a plan that seems to be successful for us. It is ridiculously simple. It’s crazy that it has taken this long to figure it out. I’m going to share what has been successful for us in our quest for better health and weight loss.
1. Buy a scale that works!
Gosh, that’s simple enough isn’t it? We have recently purchased a new scale. Our old one had gotten pretty unreliable. I found one on Amazon, which is my all time favorite place to shop because of the Prime shipping. This is the scale we bought: Ozeri ZB21-W WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Change Detection, White
It was a reasonable price, and had enough 5 star reviews that I felt comfortable that it would work! It seems to be reliable so far. We weigh every other day, because we need the reminder.
2. Cut out the foods that are just too tempting.
By this I mean, don’t keep the tempting stuff around. It is just too hard to try to eat treats “in moderation”. These are different for everyone. For example, I cut out chocolate milk, sugared soda and my favorite cereal. These 3 items are my favorite junky foods and I cannot have them around. I know they are far too tempting to me and were a source of a lot of extra calories. If I am going to have a soda, I drink #diet. I don’t really like diet soda so an added benefit is that I am drinking a lot less of it! I’m drinking a lot of water! I replaced my favorite cereals, such as Golden Grahams, with Special K. Milk is something I have with cereal only, not as a beverage.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Nor rocket science, right? Just as matter of doing it. We started grabbing some baby carrots or broccoli with hummus, an apple or some grapes to snack on. No cookies or chips in the house. A treat along with the fruit and vegetables would be some Wheat Thins. Guess what? We are getting used to this. We have even taken bags of sliced apples in the car with us to snack on while traveling. Wowza!
4. Be aware of portion sizes.
The current perception of what is a normal portion size in this day and age is way out of proportion. We are far more aware of the volume of what we are eating. We try to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in our meals. They help fill us up and are good for us!
5. Keep track of your weight.
This is by far the best thing we started to do. Mr. Robin’s Nest made us each a “tracker” with a place to write our weight every other day. There is also a place to graph it. We taped them to the bathroom mirror. Pretty much impossible to ignore there! It is soooo rewarding to see that graph go in the right direction. Before we had this visual, it was just too easy to ignore. We don’t have FitBits yet, but apparently it is possible to track weight loss with a graph through the FitBit App.
6. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
This seems to be happening for us naturally as we are going along. Another change we have made is that we are being careful to buy more whole grains. We look for one of these symbols, and strive to make choices that are 100% whole grains. This is a big change for me, as I am usually a white bread eater! We also only eat whole grain pasta.