Have you been told you need to lose weight?
About two and half years ago I weighed myself and found I was nearly three stone over weight, I was shocked, I thought I was a healthy weight, my scales were wrong (I bought new ones).
Here is how I lost my weight, I didn’t go on a crash diet, or follow one of these silly fad diets. I looked at what I was eating, how much I was eating (far too much). I stopped my snacking, I thought I was snacking healthily eating fruit etc, I didn’t realize eating when not hungry was not healthy for me, then going home and having an evening meal. I disciplined myself, I only had/have something healthy for breakfast, either grapefruit with a light drizzle of honey, why honey? you ask, it breaks down better in the stomach/body than sugar, muesli, or as I often do dark chocolate cover rice cake bars, I drank/drink more water. The thing that makes the most difference is slowly cutting down on the amount of food you eat, do not suddenly cut your food/meals down dramatically you’ll feel hungry too fast through the day and evening. Chew your food slowly, enjoy what you are eating, by doing this your mind will tell you that your stomach is full before you’ve finished your meal, do like to have a desert, then place a smaller amount of food on your plate and you’ll have space for your desert. Stop eating take out meals, make your own from scratch, it is trial and error to start with as you find out how you like your meals; whether they will be spicy, etc. Do you know how much salt, sugar etc is in ready meals and take out meals. Yes we do get pizzas once or twice a year, if we do eat out it is at a restaurant that cooks from fresh or has an excellent write up.
Not only do you need to eat healthily, you have to start exercising, going for a brisk walk, you’ll probably find to start with you can’t walk too fast, but after a week or do you’ll find you will be walking faster. When you feel confident why not try the Couch to 5k running/jogging app, I did last year, at first I thought I would never be able to run non stop for 25 minutes, but guess what; by the ninth week I was, and I felt chuffed with myself, I am doing it again this year, as well as going to the gym, but keep myself motivated I pay a monthly fee so I cannot give in. do you take your children to school by car like I used to do, because we live to and half miles away with no footpath, I would always park my car five or ten minutes from the school and walk them in.
But don’t think I don’t treat myself, every other weekend my family and myself have a movie and munchies night, this is after our homemade Chinese meal, we have chocolate buttons, crisps and popcorn, I and my husband only eat a small amount of our Chinese meal and leave room for munchies, and stop when we are full.
I do bake cakes and biscuits, but its often the children that eat more than me.
As my late mother-in-law would tell us,
“Everything in moderation, but a little of what you fancy does you good!”