I have learned that depriving myself of all those things others say I can never eat again is a recipe for disaster for me.
Intuitive eating and restrictive diets don’t work. I have to eat a combination of foods that I can be loyal to over the long haul. If I’m going to heal my body with food, it’s going to have to be food that tastes good, is loaded with nutrients, and is easily digestible. I seem to have found the right combination of foods to make health possible, but now how do I lose weight?
What to do?
I’m eating clean these days and I feel oh, so much better. Problem is, I’m still eating too much and not exercising enough. I live in the northeast, so winter will soon be over for another year and that will help with the exercise, but I am really struggling with the diet. I just want to eat portions that are too big to also lose weight.
What do I do?
I’ve come a long way with my eating in the last 18 months, and I want to give credit where credit is due in that respect. I am healing my body slowly, I know that. It takes time. I feel the increased energy and I appreciate the fact that I don’t get winded walking up a small set of stairs anymore, but I need more.
Change is needed
I still have 80 lbs to lose to get to a normal weight for someone my height. That number is inconceivable to me. I seriously can’t see my way to believing I can exist on the caloric intake it would take to reach that goal weight. I don’t want to remain “fluffy” all my life. I want to get physical, but right now a gym membership is not in the budget, and ice is still on the road in my neighborhood so walking is out too. Am I just whining, or is this really something people like me struggle to develop–the diet and exercise regimen needed to get healthy and trim?
I have a few problem areas I could use some help to figure out.
What’s the Answer?
Problem area 1: My morning bagel. It is whole grain or whole wheat, but still nearly 400 calories when I apply butter after toasting. I love my butter, and it is the one thing I have not abandoned as I have changed my eating. I’d like to try something else for breakfast, something easy, quick and portable. Any suggestions?
Problem area 2: Exercise. I have not yet found an instructor for yoga in my area. I learned many yoga-like movements when I took six weeks of Physical Therapy last year, and I use them to keep my lower back pain in check, but I do not sweat when I work out/exercise. What do I need to do to ramp up the sweat factor?
Problem area 4: I don’t plan. This explains why I don’t regularly pack my lunch, make a weekly meal plan, or record my calorie counts/weigh foods. I don’t measure portions either. It’s a bad habit I have, this riding by the seat of my pants mentality.
Problem area 5: I get discouraged easily.
I’m hoping that admitting to my problem areas will help me come to terms with them and take action to correct them. I’m looking for my next good read to help me develop some of the strategies I need to fix the problems I have.
Oh, and Problem 3 above is missing. It was Fatigue, and I would have talked about it but I didn’t want to exceed my whine limit for one day. 🙂