Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I was watching 'Extreme Weight Loss' last night, then happened to wander to the facebook page related to it. Most people were commenting on how great the kid was doing, but as I read down the comments, I saw some people complaining that it was unrealistic and that you couldn't do that in real life. (Seriously, it's not 'The Biggest Loser', you see the person struggling in each show! This kid was not learning nutrition, he was just focused on losing the weight and didn't get the nutrition part no matter how much his doctor or trainer told him!)
What I really saw, reading in between the lines of these people, was that it was too hard to change. These people like being the chubby person and, even if they are upset with their point of life, they weren't ready to change their bad habits. I know this because I was not ready a couple of years ago.
There were a few other people really looking for good advice. I gave them this site, not the link, but the name, it's easily searchable both on the web and facebook.
When I start telling people (and I wasn't sure I should on a weight loss show's post, but I did anyhow) I say I did it, it takes time, and people here have gone through what they have. I may not have gone through your exact circumstances, but someone here will have.
The other big excuse that people say is that it's too expensive to lose weight. Well, I did it.
I have, for a family of 4, about $125 a week to feed the family, around $450 per month, and I may spend slightly more. It comes down to about $30 per person per week to feed my family. We eat well for what money we have. It did take a little more to begin with since I had to reset my cabinets and fridge. I don't have the funds to have a lot of junk in my home, when I'm done stocking up the good stuff, I just don't have the extra funds for the unhealthy stuff. We eat plenty of veggies and even have organic foods and things without hormones added in our diet. It just takes shopping weekly and going to more than one store, if available, and shopping on the ads. I can't afford to not buy on sale, if it's not on sale, I can't afford it. There are very few items that I don't buy on sale because they never go on sale, like milk, but in general it's all sales!
Exercise doesn't cost anything. I walk in the park frequently. It's free! I clean the house, it may be part of what I should be doing, but it's still exercise! I happen to have some exercise games, so they weren't free, but after the initial buy, it doesn't cost a monthly fee. I have 2 full sets of stairs, those are my stairclimbers, free again! I'm rearranging the house and going through boxes, strength training today! Boxes are heavy, and it's free too! I could easily use my kids as part of my routine, piggyback them and walk, that almost brings me back to the weight I started with, I get paid in giggles when I do that! There are so many ways to get those extra steps in for the day, just keep moving, take the long way, park farther back in the lot, park on the far side of anything you're going to park near, if you're close enough, walk to where you're going, don't drive 2 blocks, walk!
It doesn't take much to start your weight loss journey or keep on going, it just takes that first step and that's learning. You need to start reading an article a day and changing one habit at a time. Instead of that cookie in your hand, have a piece of fruit or some full fat yogurt (fat is needed and keeps you fuller). Add a salad to one meal a day, it doesn't have to be lettuce, just cut up a tomato and cucumber with basil and a little vinaigrette and call it a salad.
Don't feel bad if your idea of perfection is not adhered to, we're all human and we make mistakes, but remember this also, no food is off limits, you're not On A Diet, you're eating for life, but you can't have certain things all the time, they're treats for a reason, so savor them when you do have them instead of eating them daily. When you have them daily they're not treats anymore.
If you fall off the bike, just get back on and keep on pedaling until you're on the straight and narrow and in balance. There are no excuses that can't be overcome, just find a new way to do it!
Today's Holidays: The Toothbrush was invented 1498, Beautician's Day (You're beautiful just as you are, but most people tend to need a haircut occasionally), Forgiveness Day (forgive yourself first, then you can move on), National Canoe Day (great exercise, especially upstream) and National Chocolate Pudding Day.