Thursday, February 10, 2011
I don't blog. I spell and type way to badly for that.
However as I was commenting on another blog I realized that one of the reasons some of us may fail at this has more to do with the wrong path, not the wrong journey. So bare with my and try to ignore my typos, some of my sparkfriends have renamed me typoprincess!
The real secret to all this is to find what works for you. Not the now skinny expert who lost 150 of their own pounds, not the always trim doctor on that TV show, and definitely not the mass of "expert" info. that we are bombarded with on a constant basis. Don't get me wrong, we should listen to the basics. The same ones our mothers told us and seemed to understand at a genetic level.
Eat your veggies and fruit
Soup is a good cure for what ails you both physically and emotionally
Go outside and play
Don't sit in front of that screen, be active
Enjoy your food don't just gobble it down.
And wear your hat! Well that was one that has nothing to do with food, but she was right about that too.
When I am doing my best is when I eat for my body and personality.
What can I say, I like food! So to be successful I have found meals that are large in size and satisfying but good for me and lower in calories. I also found that a lot of small meals just leave me frustrated. I prefer a low calorie first half of the day and lots to eat in the evening. This goes against the "expert advice" but I figure if I am eating healthy and loosing weight then that is better the doing it the other way and failing. The experts say don't eat at after 8pm, but I like to eat after 8pm! The experts say I must have cardio in my work out, but when I think about that kind of work out I come up with excuses not to work out at all. If I just plan on doing my strength training I will often add other things, and be happy to get going on my workout. Is this ideal? no. Is it better then no exercise? YES!
Some of you are saying, but those aren't my issues. And THAT is the point! NOBODY else's issues are your issues. We all need to find what it is that satisfies us, not them. We need to take the experts advice and make it work for our life. Not just to be healthy, though that is important. But also to be happy and satisfied.
I think if we could all analyze what satisfies us individually as eaters then find a way to fit that with a healthy plan, we could be much more successful.
We are often made to feel that we are bad because we like food. That we are not as strong or responsible, or worthy. Well this is garbage! The problem is we are trying to live by someone else's rules. I believe it is time to start writing our own rules!
What do I wish for my children? Not just to be healthy and live a long life, but to live a happy, full, and satisfying life, and this is what I wish for all of you as well.