I was a skinny kid. I weighed about 120 pounds in the picture you see above. I weighed a few pounds more when I got married and held that weight until my 40s.
But gradually, the weight began to add on. In my mind, I was still that skinny kid–but everyone but me could see that just wasn’t the case.
Recently I decided to do something about it. It wasn’t the first time. I bought a Fitbit Flex and decided to follow suggestions from the website. I’m losing the weight through a combination of diet and exercise. Who knew? (Just being sarcastic here)
Here are a few tips that I’ve learned.
- It took years for all of this weight to get on my body, it won’t come off over night.
- The best diet is the one you’re willing to follow the rest of your life. If you can’t eat paleo, find something that works for you.
- Fat is excessive food that you’ve eaten. It’s food that your body can’t use effectively. I’m learning to eat only what I need. To eat more is wasting food as surely as if it were being thrown away.
- Portion control works best when you share your food with another. Cary and I split most every meal and find we have more than enough to eat. It literally halves the calories.
- Exercise is more than just dragging your body around. It’s giving it the concern it needs. When you respect your body–it makes it better for you in many different ways.
- Set a goal weight.
- Log every bit of food that you eat in a program like myfitnesspal.com .
- Buy a Fitbit. They are worth it.
- Weigh yourself once a week.
- When you hit the plateau, stay with your program. It may take several weeks for the stall to break–but it will break.
That’s it. I’ve lost nearly 25 pounds. I’m a few pounds away from my first goal weight. Yippee for me!