Some of my friends didn’t think I was fat. But I felt the fat in me. It felt like I was carrying a heavy luggage wherever I went; compounded by my lack of energy.
For most people, 140 lbs isn’t fat. But if you had been under 125 lbs most of your life, you know ballooning to 140 was not healthy.
When I realized I was spending most of my time eating and lying down, I knew I had to change. But there was a problem; I couldn’t go on a weight loss diet due to my health condition. Not eating or skipping a meal is a big no no for me. Besides I love to eat.
So what’s the solution?
“You seek and you shall find.”
I made some drastic change in the way I ate and lost over 10 lbs. I will be detailing my experience on a blog but for now, here’s some of what I’ve learned which you can easily implement if you are in need of change in this area:
0. Look within. Before you can make any changes in your life – it is important to clearly look at what you are doing and make a decision. This is the most important thing that is missing in any diet plan or program. To confront the devil sort of speak. Have you ever eaten a Mcdonald with gusto then felt really sick afterwards? Look at the benefits of that food, the purpose and the effects it cause you. Then decide is it worth it?
1. Get a notebook or a diary and write down everything you eat on a daily basis. This is the most important part of this journey. People struggle on things because of vagueness. You know you are not eating right – but not exactly sure how bad. To fight the devil, you must confront it. List everything you put in your mouth for a week. Be honest to yourself and don’t skip a day or try to lessen it.
2. Be accountable. To live life to the fullest means you have to be accountable for your actions. You are fat because you made yourself fat. That’s the truth. And the more you reason with it or blame it on things (or someone) the less control you have about your situation.
Facts hurt, but the saying goes… “the truth will set you free”. It’s biblical but definitely relevant.
3. After a week, review what you’ve written and what you’ve been eating. Take 3 of the most offending food and replace it with a healthier substitute. Do this until you can replace all of the bad stuff you’ve been eating on your list.
One of the things I’ve instituted in my diet was eating plain yogurt. I now make my own yogurt and eat it 3 times a day with some honey and fruits for some zest. Apparently, plain yogurt is one of the best kept secret of many French women. Who knew!
4. Learn more about the food you eat. Food is suppose to nourish you – not fill a void in your body.
Are you in a similar situation? Share your thoughts using the comment box below; love to hear it.