I hadn’t really wanted to chronicle my weight loss journey because I’ve been on these journeys so many times. However, I’m at a minor milestone so I just wanted to mark the occasion. Back in December I had decided I had finally had enough. My feet were hurting (still are), clothing was not fitting correctly, and in fact it was becoming harder to find clothing. My (overweight) doctor has been nagging me for years to lose weight. I have lost weight before but for the wrong reasons (which I won’t go into) but I always gained it back. This time, it was strictly for me.
So, again, back in December I changed my eating habits. First of all, portion control. Restaurants serve really BIG portions of food. I tried to eat the vegetables first, and then the meats, and then the starches. I tried to eat only until I didn’t feel hungry any longer and then stop. Also, I did not limit the types of food I eat. I hate diets where you can only eat this or that. I eat whatever I want, just less of it.
Which brings me to the second change I made: I only ate when I felt hungry. Meaning; when my stomach started to growl. Eating on a schedule just doesn’t seem to work for me. Rather, it works too well. In other words, letting my body tell me when I was hungry rather than the clock. The third major change was to cut out soda, period. In fact all sugary drinks and fruit juices. I still have fruit juice on occasion but I try to shoot for no more than once per week.
That’s pretty much it. I haven’t really increased my exercise regimen at all, just trying to keep up the activity I engage in now. All of this has had the net effect of helping me to lose 20 lbs as of yesterday. I’ve gone down two pant sizes and about to have to buy the next size smaller. Do I think this would work for everyone? Nope. But it’s working for me. I don’t really have a target weight in mind but I’m going to keep this going for as long as it does NOT affect my health. In fact I’m hoping it improves my health. I have a lot of life planned for the future!