Many years of my life I have fought with myself to be thin. I am not a thin person by nature. Every New Year I vow to lose weight and diet until I could be happy with the way I look. A few years ago I even decided to reward myself for a large weight loss with a trip to a place I have always wanted to visit. It didn't happen. Disappointment, Diet, Despair. No more "D's"....Time to rethink.
I studied nutrition in college. I know what to eat and what it takes to lose the weight. As a side note all my nutrition teachers were morbidly obese save one. We all know what to eat. I do eat well most of the time. I am addicted to sugar and chocolate and do not keep those items in the house. I have maintained the same weight with in 5 pounds for the last 5 years. So what do I need to do to change?
I have been having trouble remembering things and have little or no energy for a while now. Don't get me wrong, I am busy all the time, but I am just not myself. This needs to change.
This New Year I decided not to diet. I will eat sensibly when ever possible. I did not set an unrealistic weight loss goal.
This is my new attitude... I now exercise 20 minutes in the morning on a stationary bike. I started with 3 times a week and have worked up to 5 times per week, first thing in the morning, no excuses. I have decided to look at my weight loss one pound at a time. My goal is to lose one pound per week. If I didn't make it, I add an extra workout in the evening until I make my goal. I also plan to add yoga when my weight loss stagnates. No huge life change, just a little something to make me a healthier person.
The results so far... I have lost a pound each week. My muscles are stronger and my waist is just a bit more shapely from the bike riding. I have more energy during the day. My memory and my concentration are improving and I sleep well at night for the first time in a very long while.
This year I am rewarding myself with that trip as a birthday gift to myself. I will join some of my girlfriends on their annual trek to the AQS Quilt show in Paducah, KY. Maybe I will see you there!