At 49 1/2, I’m fit, healthy, and am in the best shape of my life.
Women are obsessed with their weight. Each day thousands of women choose to skip meals, pop diet pills, or start some fad diet. And why? For the sake of seeing a magic number on a scale that falsely suggests they are… umm.. somewhat in shape. Or maybe it’s for bragging rights to share with peers? Oh wait I know! The big one is to slip into “the gown” or “that dress” for a wedding, a high school reunion, or some other big event.
I dunno, but it is ridiculous and it needs to stop because unless a lifestyle change is made, the pattern will never end.
Why not make today your last weigh in… for a least a month or two. Go ahead– first thing in the morning hop your butt on the scale and record the number.
Afterwards pick up the scale and put it away where you will not be tempted to step on it for at least 30 days. If you haven’t had a checkup in the past year, schedule a visit ASAP and, with your MD’s blessing, for the next 30 – 60 days try the following:
- Eat breakfast every day! A smoothie, oatmeal, or an egg white omelet.
- Don’t drink any alcohol (it’s only 30 to 60 days, you CAN do it). *Alcohol has sugar.
- Replace soda and juice with water. Increase your daily water intake to 32 – 64 ounces (flavored bottled water doesn’t count).
- Avoid unhealthy and processed snacks such as, chips (all of them), Doritos, cookies, cakes, pies, candy, donuts, etc… Snack on nuts, non sugary fruits like apples, strawberries, and blueberries.
- Eat fresh leafy and green veggies like spinach, broccoli, kale, broccoli rabe, asparagus, zucchini and avocados. Avoid canned veggies like the plague but frozen veggies will do.
- Reduce your sugar (including honey) intake. Read labels on everything you eat.
- Hold off on white anything and drastically reduce your Bread, rice, cheese, pancakes, pasta, grits, cereal, etc… Replace with sweet potatoes, yams, brown rice, or whole grain pasta (in moderation).
- Coffee! Skip the fattening latte’s with heavy creams and milk. Switch to a non-dairy milk like plain almond milk. I get the caffeine fix! Drink the coffee, but skip the sugar and watch your cream.. less is best!
- Get movin at least 4-5 days per week. No, you don’t have to join a gym, you can start out by walking.
- Wear a good walking sneaker.
- Time your walk and distance. I like the FREE app MapMyRun, but there are tons of options out there.
- Each day try to increase your pace and distance.
- Don’t talk on your cell phone while walking! Doing this will slow you down. Listen to musics that makes you wanna dance–that should keep you moving.
- Get a good night’s sleep every night. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Specific hormones and the metabolism are linked to weight loss. Sleep deprivation may increase your Ghrelin hormone, decrease your leptin hormones and will have you eating more– of the bad stuff you should be avoiding.
Skip the annual New Year’s Resolution; they come and go. Instead commit to a lifestyle change and do it now.
During the next 30 or 60 days, keep a journal. Pay attention to how you feel when you wake up and throughout the day. Record your findings. You might as well record how you feel, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This post is inspired by a close friend who decided to take on a challenge of avoiding alcohol and eating better for 30 days. :)
After your 30 or 60 days are up, if you so wish, step on the scale. You may or may not have lost weight, but I guarantee (barring any healthy issues) that you will feel 100% better than you did before the change.
Not a day passes that I am not asked by someone about my lifestyle or seek advice about how to look like me, so that is another reason I wrote this post.
If you are at a place in your life where you feel compelled to make some positive changes, I hope and pray this post helps you. Are you up for the challenge? I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below. :)