Monday, June 10, 2013
Losing weight is hard work. If it weren't we would all be skinny. Hanging in my kitchen is a poster I made that says " It took more than a day to gain it, it will take more than a day to lose it". Its to remind me that weight loss takes patience and that I need to keep that in mind.
I have heard a lot of advice over the years. A lot of it made sense and a lot of it just made me shake my head. When others give us advice its our job to sort out what works best for us and delete the rest. We are all individuals and we are all different. What works for one won't necessarily work for someone else. It's a trial and error kind of thing. If you think you would work better with help than seek a dietitian who has a like mind like your own. Weight loss is real simple along the terms of "Calories Consumed versus Calories Burned". If you consistently eat everyday 500 calories more than you burn you will gain one pound a week. Thus, if you use 500 more per day than you need you will lose one pound a week. So you either cut food consumption or you exercise more. You could also go 50/50 and reduce caloric intake by 250 and exercise for a burn of 250 and there you go. In 7 days you will have lost 1 pound.
Now, that sounds simple and I'm sure you have people in your life that will offer you all kinds of advice. I have those people in mine. I also have a couple that offer advice to you and when you don't follow their advice you suddenly are no longer important enough to bother with. I just eliminate the negative nellies out of my life. I'm all the better for it. You can most certainly support someone on a journey even if you are not traveling the same path. The best way is to take all the information in front of you and decide what would be the best way for you to go about it. Maybe its easy and maybe you have speed bumps but as long as you stay on it how can you fail. Never give up!
I was lucky enough to choose a dietitian who like me has the same goal path. She did not put me on a diet. She just put me on a plan. Eat food like this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have to snack try eating this. Get 30 mins of exercise a day if you can no matter what. Simple enough really. It wasn't until I started keeping a food journal online that it really came together. I joined Spark People. I'm not real active on the forums but I use the food journal almost like a religion. Its really helped me keep within the bounds of my new eating patterns and I've consistently lost a pound a week. Keeping a food journal is what works for me. For others it may and probably will be something else but I still advise people to keep a journal. Even if they dont count calories. Seeing what you consume in a day can be an eye-opener as well. Just be consistent. It takes almost 2 weeks for a new pattern to become a habit.
If you cant stay away from junk food then don't buy it. Don't keep quick food in your house. If you make it more of an effort to eat you won't be tempted to eat. Most the time when we eat naughty it is convenience food. Stuff that it easy to grab and nibble on. So don't put temptation in your path. Don't be your own saboteur.
Follow your own voice. Make your own choices. Don't let others choose for you. Don't let others make you feel bad because you are not following them. Its not a race. Its not a game. Its your life.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt