Thursday, January 19, 2012
Last night just before I went to bed, something occurred to me that I haven't thought of in my lifetime. "I am the only one responsible for what I put in my mouth". I am the person responsible for the food that comes into the house. I am responsible for the meals placed in front of me, and now I am the person responsible for making better food choices. I have tried and failed many time trying to lose the extra weight. I will not fail this time. What's different this time is I am not trying to make so many changes all at once. I am taking baby steps (per my husband) and making changes and sticking with them one week at a time.
First, I stopped the high fat night time snacking. My favorite snack was pretzels and cream cheese, and then throw in some donuts and maybe some ice cream for good measure. Now, instead of high fat snacks, I have some fruit or popsicle (70 calories), or Quaker Rice Cakes. I like the caramel, only 110 calories for 13 mini cakes. This is all part of my allowed calories of between 1200 & 1500. I stay at 1200.
On my second week, I added in walking. This has not been easy to do since I have peripheral neuropathy (numbness in both legs) which makes it quite difficult to walk any distance. I have been averaging a half a mile a day for the last week. I can't go fast, takes me about 20 minutes, to do the half mile, but I just keep putting one foot in front of the other until I get my exercise in. So, if I can walk a half mile with numb legs, the rest of you can do the same. Don't let your limitations hold you back.
The hardest thing to change so far has been to DRINK MY WATER. I read the 12 tips to drinking enough water just this morning, so getting enough water is going to be my next goal. I really like the idea about making your water bottle special by adding personal stickers etc. I am also going to try the herbal and vitamin waters that are so popular.
I am determined to manage my weight and my life. Good luck to all of you making these same changes. I will just keep putting one step in front of the other until I reach my goal.