|Me at my heaviest.|
I decided to weigh myself and set on the course to weight loss. I'm not saying that I went all out to try to lose the weight at once. I knew that I had gained and lost weight before. I had already had all four of my children by the year 2005. I had already experienced the yo-yo of weight with all of those four pregnancies.
I chose a few methods to help me lose weight. I read information on the internet, listened to doctors on television, and read books. I compiled my ideas and added a few. Here is what I came up with (in no particular order) that have helped me lose a total of 30 pounds:
1. I put on my tennis shoes.
I think this is the most important one. I got this idea from a cleaning guru. This person, the Fly Lady, recommends that you put your shoes so it can trigger in your mind to get up and do something in the cleaning arena of your life. I just added it to my priorities because it did cause me to get up and clean, which involves movement. When you clean, you sweat and exercise.
2. I drank less soda.
I have struggled with this one recently. When you take into account how much sugar there is in one can of soda, you would think that the mind would rule over the strange taste buds.
3. I ate less junk food.
This one I struggle with nowadays; however, with food prices going up, this is one thing, including pre-packaged and highly processed foods, that I am hoping to give up. I already announced this at a family meeting after dinner a few nights ago.
4. I ate more fruits and vegetables.
I made smoothies with anything imaginable. I mixed yogurt, frozen strawberries, and fresh bananas. I used whatever frozen fruit I had available and added cinnamon, flax seeds, and/or powdered supplements I thought that my body needed at the time.
5. I exercised with the help of the Wii.
This was a lot of fun. The games include balancing a ball and dropping it into a hole, jogging in place, and using a hula hoop.
6. I used light weight dumb bells, a large exercise ball, and resistance bands, while exercising.
I often viewed exercise videos, which included using dumb bells. Whenever I watched television, I used the dumb bells and resistance bands. I became good at multi-tasking with the large ball by sitting on it, while reading my emails on the computer.
I made it a point to leave bottles of water everywhere I might sit. This encouraged me to drink more water than ever before. I still have this good habit, four years later.
Okay, this one was easy. Once I got into the habit of drinking water, I started to drink water while cooking because I would often became thirsty. Also, this keeps you from over-eating when it is time to sit and eat dinner. Your tummy is already somewhat full.
I turned on the radio and danced to the oldies, disco, contemporary music or anything that was fun. I found music videos at www.youtube.com to dance to with my hubby, after dinner. I still do this on occasion.
10. I planted a veggie garden.
This is a big one. When you garden, you are doing many positive things. You are creating a self-sustaining object--you are feeding yourself off of the land you cultivate and plant. You also exercise and sweat off the pounds and toxins.
|This is me now.|
It is hard to lose the weight with all of the temptations and cost of food rising. I have a husband who loves, loves, loves Pepsi and brings it home with him. He is also guilty of bringing me junk food. I am guilty of asking him to bring it home. What is the happy medium for us both?
I know my husband wants to please me and comfort me. I would rather make more smoothies with fresh fruit. I want to make more nutritious meals, too. I could enlist the kids to create menus that include vegetables, too. Is that too much to ask for?
How about you, my readers? Did you vow, at the beginning of the year, to lose weight? to get healthier? What's stopping you? Let's do some research but then act on whatever we learn.
God bless you all with peace, my beloveds.
This is a Medical Mondays entry.