Thursday, May 30, 2013
I am a 40-something mother learning that after 40 it is is easy to put on weight and hard to lose it.
I struggle with low energy and fatigue, probably related medicines I take for rheumatoid arthritis, but also related to a sub-optimal diet. I tend to rely on sweet foods and coffee for energy during the day - but these habits inevitably lead to a serious mid-late afternoon slump.
I recently read Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Recharged and found it inspiring. She didn't just lose weight after age 40, she became super fit! Testimonials in self help books are not really evidence that the advice works, but they all talked about having super-high energy levels thanks to their healthy diets - I found this so compelling. Tosca wrote that she starts each day with energy, eager to seize the day and that she couldn't imagine life any other way. I want that too! And the plan described in the book is not a temporary diet - it is a healthy, lifetime approach to eating. The advice all seemed quite sound and healthy. The foods described and the clean recipes at the end of the book sounded yummy. I read the book and felt like - this I think I could do.
While I do want to lose weight, I've decided not to make weight loss my overarching goal. I've done that in the past and it has always backfired. Frequent self weigh-ins usually lead me to self-sabotage. (Yay! I've lost weight - I must be hungry - I should eat more. Or, I gained weight, this diet is too hard and I am going to celebrate going off it with these cookies.) So, apart from an initial weight check, I've put the scale away.
My objective is to change my lifestyle – to finally see myself as an active and healthy person who wants to eat only healthy food and who wants to be active. So my overall goal is not to lose weight. My goal is to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle – doing more activities (on my own, with my family, with friends), having the energy to do everything I want to do in a day, sleeping better, having better concentration, being more productive and generally being in a better mood. All of that sounds so good to me that if I achieve it all, weight loss really will not matter so much in comparison.
Tomorrow is my official day 1. My initial small step goal is simply to stick to the eat clean plan for 7 days straight. I call it a small step goal, but really, it would be a big achievement for me to stick to a healthy eating plan for 7 DAYS STRAIGHT!