My knees are so not having any of that! But, I have hope, that once there is less cargo in the caboose the knees will not be so tender. I have to begin somewhere and have begun this journey with a first step. Oh, and there is a reward at the end of the journey.
The obvious aside, being healthier and looking much better in my clothes, I have picked a prize. When I have officially lost that thirtieth pound I will order a pair of red snake skin Manolo pumps I have coveted for some time now. I almost ordered them the other night on a pure impulse, but I told myself that was cheating.
So, I go visit them a couple of times a day online.
Okay, so my youngest daughter calls me the other day. “Mom, I met this couple at work and they sell this diet drink…” I told her to stop right there. Then proceeded to tell her what we all know. While it may seem to pile on quick, the only way to get rid of fat is through a steady healthy diet and exercise. Period. Yes, there are fad diets that work, and diet pills, and diet drinks and this program and that program, but until there is serious and prolonged (as in forever) lifestyle changes the weight will come back, and usually it brings friends.
And here’s the other thing. It takes a lot longer to lose then it does to gain. So patience is vital.
Another vital part of weight lose is eating habits. Grazing works. Eat a little something every 3 hours. Be sure to eat breakfast. It sets your metabolism for the day. I hate breakfast, unless I eat it 3 hours after I get up. But I make a quick frittata casserole to last me the week. I cut a chunk each morning nuke it and munch it like a candy bar as I read my morning email and drink my coffee. Here’s my recipe.
1 quart of egg beaters
4 regular eggs
½ salsa drained
½ cup low fat shredded cheese (you pick your fave)
I whisk the four eggs in a large bowl then add the egg beaters, mix that all up, add the salsa and cheese, pour into a Pam’ed casserole dish, put it in the oven at 350 for about 25 min or so.
Cover with foil and fridg until you want a chunk. You can use spinach, onions, mushrooms or any type of veggie you want, just make sure you eat a chunk in the morning. If you’re going to have carbs, breakfast is the time to eat them. Try to keep it restricted to whole grain products.
If you can’t afford a gym, don’t like gyms or don’t have the time for a gym, pick the same time of day, and walk for 20 min. Add time as you can. Do it every day. Regular exercising combined with less calories will equal weight loss. Maybe not 5 pounds a week like on those fad diets but the slow and steady approach makes it much easier.
Don’t bring crap in the house. And pre make snacks. Cut and store fresh veggies, buy lean protein and while that non fat mayo is disgusting, buy the low fat and mix it with a dollop of the good stuff. Or better yet, use mustard instead of mayo. I L.O.V.E. mayonnaise. To avoid it, I don’t eat foods that require it.
If you like tuna make a bowl of tuna with chopped white onion, chopped jalapeÃ±os and some cilantro. Mix with a little bit of mayo and it’s delish. Keep a bowl in the fridg for those cravings. Always make sure there is something healthy to munch on. You know what triggers your carvings, stop pulling the trigger. Go walk instead. Force yourself. I guarantee you will be glad you did once you are out there.
So, when I weighed in this Friday morning, I weighed 3 pounds less then I did the previous Friday (but I started the previous Monday, so 3 lbs in 10 days).
How about you? And share your fave diet or exercise tips.