My wonderful Duste made me lots of snack options—putting together yummy treats in 100calorie packs. Plus she made the grilled chicken for my blacken chicken salad I will be having for lunch! Like I have said before it takes some planning to make sure you are on track with your calories.
Sitting at work make me want candy—just like a smoker wants a cigarette with their morning coffee.
I read a quote this morning, it said—nothing is scarier than a nation with an obesity problem and a skinny jean fad. That is so true—it’s like we all put blinders on and pretend there isn’t a problem.
We do this with our waist line, the quality of our food and so many other issues—our problem is we are blind.
We eat too much, not because we are hungry but because it is being put in front of our face. No one bothers reading labels, that is obvious, or they would realize they do not know what is in their food let alone what a portion size is. We are a nation of excess and this is very true for our food intake.
The good news is it is never too late to change. But it can’t be a diet, a diet is something that is done only for a little while to achieve a certain weight, it has to be a life style change. You can never go back to your old normal; instead you will have to create a new normal.
I have been down this road myself before. A few years back, 5 or so, we made a life style change but one thing lead to another and before we knew it we were back in our old habits. If there is one thing I have learned is—you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect any different. Yes, I was going to personal training, Pilates and walking the dog but because I was eating twice as many calories in a day than I should nothing changed, besides me getting bigger. We can’t blame anyone but our selves—that would be like blaming the drug dealer instead of the drug addict. At some point we have to take responsibility for ourselves. It is up to us to take care of our bodies regardless what is going on around us.
Sure it is easy to do nothing and if you truly aren’t bothered by what you see in the mirror, than keep it up. However, eventually the health issues will catch up with you and you will have to do something.
Now, don’t give me that. I know what you are thinking—dieting for the rest of your life doesn’t sound like any fun. Didn’t you listen; I said this isn’t a diet but a lifestyle change.
You eat less and are more active. At first when you are trying to lose you have to eat way less than normal and do a lot more. Once you get to your comfortable weight you can level off. You won’t have to do as much but you will still need to be active and watch your portion size. It’s all about moderation people. See, so there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
So come on people let’s take this journey together! I am excited to see how hot Duste and I are bathing suits this year—summer is less than 6 months away!!