I have been on this quest since the first of the year to live a healthier lifestyle. When you fall into bad habits it seems to take a little longer to bounce back because you have all of those foods that you love but that are bad for you calling your name every time you get hungry. Maybe it’s me but I crave them even more when I’m forcing myself NOT to eat them. Yes I need to lose a few pounds but I have decided that this time I’m not going to try and lose them overnight. I have chosen the road less traveled. Not putting the pressure on myself to lose the weight right away. Without having that stress knocking inside my brain helps me to think a little clearer. Who want to be the “No thank you, I’m on a diet” person? And with the word diet there is always the stigma of stepping on the scale, looking in the mirror, expecting immediate results everyday. No way I could be that person, my brain would do such a number on me. I’m crazy that way!
So I thought maybe this time no pressure. I am going to make the best effort possible everyday to make good choices but if I slip a little then there is always tomorrow. Really who makes good choices everyday? If you look at most people who go cold turkey, yes they successfully lose their weight but they don’t keep it off and I’m looking for a more permanent change.
Growing up and living in Texas has become somewhat of a hindrance as far as eating healthy goes. After all this is the “Chicken Fried Steak” state! Obviously that always comes with mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans (with a pound of something in it) and Texas toast. Then there is the Tex Mex on every corner….uhgg. For me the key is eating more at home because if I’m craving a food then by cooking it at home, I can control the size of the proportion and the ingredients going in it or on it. You can actually customize the dish to your liking. Most times when ordering at a restaurant I’m usually giving special instructions about what to leave off or add anyway.
For me, there’s got to be a loose plan in place. It should be different for everyone since we know ourselves better than anyone else and therefore we can come up with what is best suited for us. We all have different jobs and lifestyles. We don’t all like to eat the same things, so it’s hard to follow a specific diet word for word. I’ll be honest; I am not a big fan of book diets. How many of you have spent loads of money on different diet books and now they are sitting somewhere gathering dust because you couldn’t get past their Week 1. Now it’s waiting to be sold in the next garage sale for a dollar to the next sucker.
So basically my plan of attack is to eat the healthy things that I like. I have a mental list and I try to incorporate into each meal. Also I am not nor have I ever been a big gym goer. It works for a lot of people just not me. But I do enjoy walking, so that’s my main gig. Luckily I live in the country so I can walk out my door at anytime and just head down the road. Again it’s all about what suits you. It’s true, by choosing this path you will NOT see results immediately but you will feel it and hopefully it will be a more permanent solution.