We met this morning instead of yesterday morning as several of the members had other appointments and things to do yesterday and requested the change for this week. That was fine with me, as I stress to them that the weigh in once a week is a vital part of their weight loss regime.
As a clube, we lost 16.5 pounds! We are very proud of ourselves yet again for a no gain meeting! Yay!
Of that 16.5 pounds, I lost 2.5! I was very happy!
Our discussions today centered on changes in our environment and lifestyles. What changes can we make to help us lose weight? What do we need to do to make those changes? What change can we make when we are hit with cravings?What changes can we make in the pantry/fridge and with the types of foods we eat? and on the list goes....
The first step in changing is to know yourself and where you are in this process within your life. Change can be real hard, harder for some than for others.You need a solid plan to effect the change and you need a good support system to help you along.
We wrote down changes we could make in our lives. Everyone had different things written down, from changing the contents of the fridge around to listing things they could do rather than give in to a craving.
I have made most of the changing in my own lifestyle over the years, starting when I became diabetic. Some of you will remember the biggest change that I made just last year, and that was to go wheat free, which I still am today. One of the best things I ever did, though it is a more expensive lifestyle. It is not for everyone, but it certainly works for me.
Other things I have done in the past.....refused to buy oils or salad dressings as they are all empty calories. I changed from regular margerine or butter and have used Becel for the last 7 years. I very rarely use salt or canned goods.
I count calories, and journal all my foods ( I used to use pen and paper, finding SP made this job so much easier!)I cleaned junk foods and processed/ prepackaged foods out of my pantry, fridge and freezer and now never buy them. I exercise as much as I can without pain. I drink water when a craving comes on. I am mindful of all factors in my life that would make me break my food regime. I am sure there is lots more that are not coming to mind at the moment...
All these are not easy to most people. And it ihas taken me years to retrain some of those habits for the better. You just start with one thing, and work on that until you have succeeded in the permanent change, before you tackle another one.
Sometimes is the people around you, that hinder your diet efforts the most. That makes it more difficult. You can not expect others to change.
You have to make the change. Some people may not like it.
Whether you realize it or not...the road we are all on is a selfish one. WE are the ones that it matters about. Our health is what it is all about. no one else can do this for us. Our choices affect our bodies, bottom line.
In six months, we are going to look atour lists again and see which we have done and which still need work. We are all a work in progress....nothing happens overnight
Have a good day