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So many thoughts, so little time...

Saturday, September 07, 2013

It's Saturday night, and my exciting evening plans are... thinking? Yep, thinking. I've been reading little bits of health info here and there for the last 2 weeks since I started this journey again. I read a lot about health. A ridiculous amount, honestly. But knowing an implementing are two entirely different things. Still, I love learning new things, so I kept reading.

More than anything I specifically learned, it has been things I've been made to think about. Namely, what is the healthiest diet FOR ME? I stress "for me" because I fully believe there are many diets that will work, if you can find the one you can live with for the rest of your life. I'm not sure I have ever really taken a step back and considered more than one approach at a time. Generally I get motivated by one book or thought or plan or person, or so on. But this time, I'm saying... okay, I am morbidly obese, I have poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes, and I have high cholesterol. I am clearly doing something very, very wrong.

I will readily admit that I have not been following any diet. That's how I got here. So I certainly cannot dismiss any plans as ineffective. What I CAN do is say that I have yet to find the one that will work permanently. I have tried many plans, no plan, and everything in between. And I still weigh 268 lbs. Knowing this, it is hard to find the gumption to get going again, and try to lose the weight. It is a bit more motivational to know how important it is to my health overall. But still... if I don't find something that works for me, nothing will work for me. I can do anything for a little while. Unfortunately, that doesn't work... except for a little while.

I've said a lot of stuff, but nothing of substance. And that's partly because I don't KNOW anything of substance. I have ideas rattling around in my head, but not a clear picture of anything going on. I have friends who count calories, friends who have gone vegetarian, friends that do Weight Watchers, and have, over the years, had many friends do some much stranger and much less healthy things. I've tried all those things, and nothing has worked for very long.

So that brings me to the point of this post. I'm going to write out a few things I want to focus on, and see if putting my energy in those places works well for me. {Any feedback, thoughts, experiences, etc, are very welcome!}

1. This one I think will make a lot of difference in how I feel and how my body functions, whether or not it directly leads to weight loss. And that is to drink far more water and far less diet soda. Diet soda is my worst vice, I think. I used to be a 2 pack a day smoker, and I gave that up 18 months ago. I vowed no one would take my Diet Coke from me. I won't give up diet soda entirely... especially when I go out for dinner... but I am going to cut WAY back. At my worst, I literally drank a 12 pack every day. Every. Day. I've cut dramatically back since I stopped smoking, but on a bad day I would still drink up to 8 cans. I have now cut myself back to 2-3. Which I realize that is still a lot of diet soda, it is very little to me. And I'm replacing it with constantly sipping water, which, everyone can agree, is a good thing.

2. Dramatically increase my intake of produce. I already try to eat a lot, but I don't eat nearly enough. Not enough variety, at least. Fresh produce is expensive, and therefore I don't buy a lot of it. That's no excuse, though. There are many kinds of frozen and canned produce that are much cheaper. They may not be as nutritionally awesome as the fresh stuff, but that still puts them leagues ahead of anything else. Also, coming under this heading, is finding new ways to prepare veggies to make them more interesting and tastier. And making a concerted effort to see that EVERY meal or snack has some sort of produce. I get lots of veggies at dinner, and generally some fruit at night, but breakfast and lunch are mostly devoid of produce. That has to change.

3. To make every effort to cut back on excess carbs. I am NOT going low carb, but since I'm diabetic, it would be a smart move to limit excess carbs. This is going to be REALLY tough for me. When I have dinner, I save the best for last. I eat veggies first, meat/beans second and save the delicious carbs {potatoes, rice, noodles, etc} for last. I have to break that habit, and stop seeing the rest of my meal as a precursor to the main carb dish. One idea floating around in my head is to spend more calories on the other parts of my meal. For example, allowing myself some lowfat cheese sprinkled on my veggies to make them taste better, instead of saving those calories for a larger portion of carb. Perhaps if I take the pleasure off being solely focused on the carbs, and place it in other parts of the meal, it will make it easier to cut back.

And one last thing, which needs no road test to know it works.

4. More exercise! I don't like exercise. I mean, I really don't like it. I try. I give myself some awesome music to listen to, I walk with an awesome buddy, I do everything I can think of to make it pleasant. Verdict? I just don't like it. The only physical activity I have ever liked is swimming, and that's not feasible at the moment. BUT, I am not using that as an excuse. I have to exercise, I know this. I won't even take the time to list all the reasons, as I'm sure all of you are already aware. I will, WILL, get my ass moving. My original goal was to workout 3 times a week, but I'm changing that to 4. I need more movement, and less laziness.

Alright, now that I have written all this out {very prolifically...}, I feel a little more like I know what's up. If anyone has read this far, you're a trooper! And please leave me feedback, I could use it.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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  • JO88BAKO
    That is a really great plan, good for you!! You are so very right to drink less soda and more water, Eat more veggies and fruit, awesome!! Canned and frozen are very good choices. Then the exercise. I hate to sweat. Sometimes to get what we really need, we have to go out of our comfort zone. Exercise is it for me. Sweating is good and a shower just feels so much better. Have a really great Sunday!!
    1721 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great foundation for moving forward.
    1721 days ago
    It's all up to you! I know you can do it, but you have to believe in yourself & find your motivation to do what's best for your body. I think doing what's best for you as a diabetic is incredibly important in finding what works for you. Given that you are a diabetic it's important to eat things that won't cause more problems with that, and things that can ultimately lead to the issue getting better. Think about what life's been like overweight & eating bad, and think about how it would feel to be healthy and strong, and to know you have such a higher chance at living a long, and happy life!

    I think it's important to not eat things you totally hate and get burned out on, because it would be nearly impossible or at least miserable to live like that forever.

    For me, I eat things I really enjoy. I track my calories, fat, carbs, & protein and always stay within reason. I'll drink some sodium, calorie, sugar free flavored water with some of my meals & it really tastes great! I chug water all throughout the day, I mean tons & tons of water. To where I feel super full afterwards. What does that do aside from helping to shed some extra weight? - It helps me stay full longer, and not want to eat things my body doesn't actually need. I make myself full on water, to where I don't feel like anything else can go into my stomach and stay comfortable.

    It's all about finding what works for you. Really. I've never done any sort of plan or anything. I use SP as a tool for tracking fitness & nutrition, & most of all for it's awesome community. But the rest is up to me. I do my meal plans, eat what I like, just in reason, & I plan my workouts.

    You'll find what'll work for you, just stay strong and dedicated & don't give up hope of continuing on in your journey!

    1721 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Just keep on trying each thing until you find the one that works for you. Exercise does get easier but at first it is very hard. Just keep telling yourself one more minute until the minutes add up! You can do it!
    1721 days ago
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