Sunday, November 03, 2013
I have battled with my weight all of my life. Being thin was never easy for me, so the few times in my life when I was thin was something that I had to work really hard for. As I struggle again to get my weight down, I thought back to a time when I was at my goal weight. What did I do to get to goal and stay there (albeit temporarily)?
1. I had a mindset that wouldn’t let me stray. Every second of every day was focused on what I needed to do to lose weight.
2. I tracked every single morsel that went into my mouth. NO BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) unless I counted them. I stayed at 1200 calories religiously!
3. I ate vegetables at every meal, including breakfast, so I got at least 5 servings of vegetables in every day.
4. I prepared everything I ate myself. I would make many foods on the weekend and put them into single serving containers so I had all of my meals for the week prepared.
5. I was active a minimum of two hours every day, even if it meant just walking. However, most of the time it was high impact aerobics, weight lifting, and biking. I would work out one hour before I went to work in the morning and one hour again after work.
6. I avoided parties because I wouldn’t know how to count the calories in the food.
7. I avoided alcohol because I would lose inhibition against food with one little drink.
This is what I did just to stay at the high end of my goal weight range. I kept this up for a period of two years at one point. I was by nobody’s definition skinny. Looking back on this, it is easy to see why I didn’t stay at goal weight. It was an all-encompassing project, and I’m sure I wasn’t much fun to be around. As I whine and snivel about not being able to lose weight, I have to keep these habits in mind. And, the older I get, the harder it gets. If I really want to get back to my goal weight, how much effort am I willing to put forth?