Good for you Cheryl! I'm glad you found something that works for you. I can't do a diet either. I have been watching my portions and exercising more. Trying to keep up with it now that I am pregnant too. It's so easy just to take a nap instead Progress, no matter how small is still progress. Pretty soon you will see how fast those little numbers add up to a big one!
Cheryl: I agree that small changes are the best. Then they become habits instead of quick-fix diets that you know you can't sustain. It's not about losing alot all at once. It's about creating a lifestyle that makes us healthy.
Counting calories is actually working for me. As long as I don't try to do it perfectly. I can get myself worked up trying to write every little thing down. But it has helped me to see where all the calories come from, why I'm not losing weight, and where I can improve on nutrition.
I am at a pretty good weight now. Still 10 pounds overweight (according to my BMI). But I want to see what "normal" weight is like. So I am going to attempt to lose the last 10 pounds. I appreciate reading about your progress. I already exercise every day. But maybe trying something new will help. I took a walk around the track with a friend and I am looking forward to doing that some more. And looking at my nutrition tracker, I could use some more nutritious 100-calorie snacks. So thanks for the great ideas. Cindy.
I think I have hit on the formula that works for me, finally. Besides gradually increasing my exercise (having learned the hard way that a little change is better than a lot) and not obsessing about counting calories, has resulted in steady weight loss in small increments since February. I don't take seconds or thirds (smile) but eat 100 calorie snacks whenever hunger strikes between meals. Snacks such as 1oz of peanuts or cheese, or a tablespoon of nut butter and some fresh carrots. These keep me out of brain fog, as well as mostly preventing that waking up at 3am starving business.
Given how many common foods I can't eat, trying to follow any diet regimen just makes me crazy, so I have returned to my leaves and twigs, steak and wood chips and grass diet, as my kids refer to it. Half the plate is veggies, 1/4 is protein, 1/4 whole grains; very little fruit, no refined starches, very little dairy. (I mostly use a salad plate rather than dinner size, to control portions.)
We are walking a bit more than a mile every day, still, plus have added 3-4 miles biking every other day. I'm tired, but not exhausted, by bedtime. Weight loss is not dramatic enough for advertising, LOL, but then, neither am I getting headaches, feeling nauseous or irritable. Besides, I put this extra weight on at about 3 pounds a year over 15 years of Midwest living and menopause. Yay for the Central Coast!
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