354.4, 5.2 pounds lost!
So, I guess I haven’t really spoken of what I plan on doing to lose weight. This has brought me so much trouble. I haven’t really found a great plan to follow. EVERYONE has a different approach. EVERYONE. I decided to go to the professionals. I talked to my doctor and all he had was a bullshit list of nutrition charts and eating several times a day and yadda yadda yadda. Ok, that’s a bit harsh. But for someone who feels as though she’s tried it all, it’s totally easy to get discouraged right away because you’ve heard it all before.
I had to figure out what I can dare tolerate for the rest of my life. Stop and feel the weight of that [pun totally unintended]. I have to make a life long commitment to being fit. This means that I need to find something that I can stomach and not be miserable all day. So I did lots of research and I still came up dry. Everyone who has lost a substantial amount of weight ALL had a different method and all had success. So, I just broke all of these plans down to it’s core and I came back to the “DUH” moment… Eat Less, Exercise More. Wow, who would have thunk!
I did a little more than that though… I know I know… drastic changes often end in disaster, but I made a commitment to myself — I want to be a Princess! So I decided on the following:
1) No Carbs. No, I’m not doing Atkins or anything. I actually didn’t originally decide not to eat carbs, but with adding grains, I started to feel the effects of the insulin rushes and sugar highs and lows and it was wearing me down. I also felt less sick after eating and my mom [she isn’t a doctor or anything] suggested that maybe I have a slight gluten allergy or may be developing one. Which could be possible seeing as though I’ve developed two other food allergies over the course of the last 6 years. This may seem impossible to most people to accomplish, but I honestly do not miss carbs whatsoever. Once you stop eating breads and grains, your body stops craving it. I get carbs through other sources and I do make sure that I take multivitamins to ensure that I have the required nutrients. I also substitute flour with almond flour for those days that I just simply need something bread like 🙂
2) No table salt. I just stay away from anything with massive amounts of sodium. A lot of fat free and reduced fat processed foods compensate for the flavor loss by adding tons of sodium. I’m round enough, I don’t need anymore excess water holding me back.
3) No Refined Sugar. I just stay away from sweets in general, except for how they are in nature. So this means no sodas, no yum yums, no snicker doodle cookies… no sweets. I do use Splenda to flavor tea and stuff too. I always hear people tell me how bad it is. Well it’s a lot less worse than the shit I used to shovel in my mouth by the truck load, so this one guilty pleasure will stay on the list until further notice. TYVM.
4) Seriously, why do I like lists so much. I cook!! Cooking my own meals and never eating out has allowed me to know exactly what is going into my food at all times. I control the sodium, the flavor, the everything and I know that what I’m eating is healthy because, well, I made it!
5) I eat as many natural colors as I can find. I spice salads up with red, yellow, orange, and green peppers. I eat lots of salads and healthy veggies. I eat lean meats, like turkey, chicken breast, fish, and if I do eat red meat it’s usually the expensive lean cuts. I say expensive because I have YET to find tenderloin cheaper than the fatty cuts lol.
I don’t have this down to a science, but it’s a start. I’ve also stopped eating when I wasn’t hungry. I read SO many posts and blogs about eating 6 small meals a day. Well… in my line of work, that’s not an option. So I just make sure that I eat something for breakfast, I pack a lunch and I eat then. I only eat when I’m hungry. When I lost 50 pounds before, I remember being in a situation in my life where I could eat six times a day. I remember thinking… seriously I just fucking ate… I thought it was stupid to eat when I wasn’t hungry. My doctor convinced me that I was starving my body before and I have to eat when I wasn’t hungry in order to build my metabolism. All of this may be true, but honestly, I feel better waiting until I’m hungry before I eat something.
I figure, I’m cutting out about a million calories a day with my new eating plan…. who cares if I don’t eat six meals. That may change down the road as I get closer and closer to my weight loss goal, but for now — I only eat when I’m hungry.